Young Rugby artists to star in films

Film stars Rosie Bray, Vanessa Burchell and Macey Cheate from 1st Brownsover Rainbows Unit
Film stars Rosie Bray, Vanessa Burchell and Macey Cheate from 1st Brownsover Rainbows Unit
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A new digital art service has been launched in Rugby schools to make learning fun and more affordable.

Several films have already been produced by Rugby-based firm Feverstitch.

They teamed up with Daventry District Council, Girl Guiding UK, and the Catholic Church for the project.

One film, called The Easter Story, features Rugby-based members of Girl Guiding UK demonstrating how to make felt chicks.

Deacon Stephen Norman makes a guest - and occasionally comic -appearance to explain the significance of the chicks in the Easter story.

He described the concept as a ‘ground-breaking’ idea for students in Rugby.

Filming took place at St Mary’s Church, Rugby and the finished item comes packaged with all the materials children need to participate in the featured exercise.

The concept has already received a warm response from several local schools.

Rugby Rainbows Leader Helen Granville, whose pack featured in the Easter film, said: “We all enjoyed taking part in filming, the packages are a fantastic idea.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed learning to make felt chicks.”

Rugby-based peripatetic teacher Clare Rennie is the brains behind the new educational films.

She said: “The idea was born out of a recognition of financially challenging times.

“We wanted to find a way of addressing tight budgets, but we also thought it was essential to create something that was both fun and a very effective way for children to learn.”

Clare said reaction for the young film stars has also been positive.

She added: “The films have already proved a hit in classrooms and I’ve been bowled over with the reaction from children, teachers and parents so far.

“It’s clear that community groups could also benefit greatly from this in the future. While seeing the activities of organisations on film could lead to a significant increase in membership, we also hope they will provide an excellent platform to promote beauty spots and wonderful venues in this area.”

She said the films cover subjects from religion to maths.

Clare added: “Our latest package includes a festive-themed film that was shot on location at Daventry Country Park.”