Budleigh art charity launches this year’s Budding Creativity project

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 July 2017

A presentation evening held to launch the Budding Creativity project for 2017 was held at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Martin Briggs

A presentation evening held to launch the Budding Creativity project for 2017 was held at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Martin Briggs

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Budleigh Salterton Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BUDFAS) has again lined Budleigh’s sea front with poetry and art created by chiidren from local schools.

A presentation evening held to launch the Budding Creativity project for 2017 was held at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Martin BriggsA presentation evening held to launch the Budding Creativity project for 2017 was held at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Martin Briggs

A poetry and art trail has returned to Budleigh Salterton telling the latest tale in the ‘Heroes of the Jurassic Coast’ series.

Paintings and poetry, derived from a story created in part by children from primary schools in Budleigh and the surrounding area, have gone up along the town’s sea front and along Rolle Road.

These were created by students from seven East Devon secondary schools, including Exmouth Community College and Sidmouth College.

As part of the Budleigh Salterton Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BUDFAS) scheme, youngsters from St Peter’s, Otterton and Drake’s primary schools have written the episodic children’s tale based in Budleigh.

A presentation evening held to launch the Budding Creativity project for 2017 was held at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Martin BriggsA presentation evening held to launch the Budding Creativity project for 2017 was held at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Martin Briggs

The book, ‘One of Our Beavers Has Gone Missing’, is accompanied by a musical project anthem by the three primary schools.

A video of the ‘Budding Creativity’ project has also been created by a volunteer film maker.

Chris Davis, of Budding Creativity, said: “The Project goes from strength to strength with even more schools joining in 2017. This next year’s theme will be Gold, as it will be the 50th anniversary of the Arts Society, previously known as NADFAS, our parent charity.

“We are immensely pleased with the ever growing participation of pupils of the local primary schools and East Devon’s secondary schools who take to the project’s activities, be it writing, music, murals or poetry, with gusto.”

The finished book, put together with the help of a guest writer, tells the tale of a flood rushing down the river, sweeping beavers away, leaving just local children and animals to save the day.

Budding Creativity held a presentation day for primary school children from St Peter’s, Ottterton and Drake’s.

Some 80 children from these schools attended the event, held at St Peter’s Church, as well as students from the seven secondary schools. Teachers, parents, volunteers and BUDFAS members also attended.

The children performed their own anthem telling the story while the mural art and poems were displayed in the church prior to going out around the town.

There were also poetry readings and each child was also presented with their own copy of the book.


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