A Merry Christmas from TVCM

A Merry Christmas from Tees Valley Community Media, the Destinations@Saltburn Social Inclusion Demonstrators Project, The Institute of Digital Innovation, Digital City and The University of Teesside.

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A Story of Christmas Past

In a digital archiving session at Marske Library, 94 year old former School Teacher told students from Bydales School about the diphtheria epidemic at Markse infants school: Christmas 1934. Click here to hear Vera’s story and to view pictures from the archiving session.

Going To The Movies

Christmas time is traditionally the time families go to the movies. Click here to view our latest movie and the story behind its making.

We’re going big with this concept in the New Year so you can expect to see more movies produced by a whole host of community groups.

A Christmas Gift

Margrove Park could not have wished for a better Christmas gift. They have just been awarded a Tees Valley delegated grant and funding from ERDF with thanks to Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit. The funding will help to develop their digital village and to involve the whole community. Click here to read more about their exciting plans for the future.

Pictured left to right, Steve Thompson, Community Media Coordinator(Santa), Margaret – Marian – Jean, Margrove Park Village Hall Asociation, Paul Davies of Destinations @ Saltburn (Social Inclusion Demonstrators project manager)

Santa Goes to Saltburn

Santa and his helpers visited Destinations @ Saltburn once again for fun, mince pies and enrollment into the UCPD courses. This year the highlight was the screening of the Straad Players movie (above) and a visit to the second life backlot. Ho Ho Ho. Visit the Destinations website.

Unsilent Night

For a fourth year New York composer, Phil Kline brought his “Unsilent Night” to Middlesbrough. Scores of people marched through the streets playing Phils music on massed ghetto blasters bring Christmas cheer to the streets of the town. Click here to see pictures and video.

Happy New Year

It’s customary at this time of year whilst looking forward to the new year to reflect on the year gone by. Lets look at some of the highlights for TVCM in the past year. Again three major webcast events were mounted The Middlesbrough Mela, Stockton Riverside Festival and Saltburn Folk Festival. Some great animations were produced like these two from Redcar & Cleveland Mind and The Princes Trust not to mention all of these from Bedale Primary.

And we have lots to look forward to for 2008. Apart from developing some of the things mentioned above we have the development of the Digital Skills Network and a major community digital arts event for March 2008


New Year from everyone associated with Tees Valley Community Media.