Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Lights, camera, action for library!

09:00 20 July 2014

Pupils from St Peter

Pupils from St Peter's School during the filming of the song to keep Budleigh Salterton Library open.


Hundreds of schoolchildren and members of the public have come together to show that their concerns about Budleigh Salterton Library are well worth listening to.

Devon County Council (DCC) has been consulting on the future of its libraries, including Budleigh, which could close if more community involvement in their running is not found.

In response to this, Budleigh musician Jane Parker has teamed up with professional filmmakers and hundreds of residents, to write a song and shoot a video they hope will prove to bosses at County Hall the strength of feeling in the town.

Jane says she wanted to do something to help save the library, and felt that the best way she could do this was by using her musical talent.

Having written the song, with help from members of St Peter’s School’s community choir, she got talking to Rebecca O’Neill, a fellow parent at the school and former BBC employee who now runs a production company with husband Owen, who offered to film a video.

And so it was that all the school’s pupils, along with staff and around 100 members of the community, came together in the playground to be recorded belting out the song, and summing up the feelings of the town.

Jane said: “Our aim was to raise awareness. We are all parents with children and the library is a really great place to go for all members of the community.”

Rebecca said: “We understand how powerful film is to get across the passion people feel about keeping Budleigh Library open. It was really magical, and I think some people got quite emotional, because they feel passionate about it.”

When asked why the school got involved with the project, deputy headteacher David Perkins said: “You read a lot about libraries being closed because the perception is they’re used by the elderly, not the younger generations, and we wanted to get across in the strongest terms that this is not accurate, and the families in our community use it in a number of ways.

“For us it was a powerful reminder of how the community comes together over something important, and this is very important to us.”

Budleigh mayor Caz Sismore-Hunt, who turned up to sing along, said: “It was superb. The kids loved it, and they had a lot of support.

“I hope the message gets over to the county council that libraries are very important in our lives, and we don’t want to lose them.”

As well as the song, a petition has also been set up, which has been offered outside the library by community volunteers during openings, and has more than 500 signatures.

DCC’s consultation ends today (Thursday).


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:30
Mebers of Exmouth Knit and Chat filling shoe boxes.

A group of knitters from Exmouth have added some extra sparkle this year to their annual Christmas donation for people in need.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Views of children, students and young families are needed to help shape Budleigh Salterton for future generations.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Forces Veterans for Veterans President Adrian Thorton receiving a cheque for £1,000 from Ian Kingsbury.

An Exmouth soldiers’ group, which is battling to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health illnesses, has received £1,000 from Devonshire Freemasons.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:46
Providing accommodation for gypsies and travellers is a legal requirement that East Devon District Council must meet through its Local Plan

IN A significant development in the proposals to locate a large gypsy and traveller site in Cranbrook, East Devon MP Hugo Swire has urged East Devon District Council to rethink its plans.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Air and army cadets in Exmouth could be getting state-of-the-art facilities, after plans were unveiled for their new headquarters.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Police letters warning motorists they were caught speeding in Exmouth are winging their way to offenders.

Read more
Mon, 16:30
Seven year old Katie Burke from The Beacon School together with Tony Badcott from Antonio's on The Strand presents a chequr for £400 to some of the Exmouth RNLI crewmembers this week. Ref exe 7429-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Italian ice cream parlour has scooped £400 for the Exmouth RNLI - thanks to a flavour competition.

Read more
Mon, 10:00

Exmouth will be going up against the best-presented towns in the country next year, after it was selected to enter Britain in Bloom.

Read more
Mon, 09:33

Fire crews were called out to reports of a car fire near Woodbury Salterton.

Read more
Mon, 09:26

Ladram Bay Holiday Park has scooped a top regional tourism award by holiday giant Hoseasons.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Search for a job in Exmouth

Find planning applications