Film screenings capture stories of Bromley’s dedicated volunteers

Erik - the longest-serving volunteer at Bertha James Day Centre

Erik - the longest-serving volunteer at Bertha James Day Centre

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Two screenings of short films made by filmmakers about Bromley charity projects will take place this week.

For the past year, 20 filmmakers have been visiting other volunteers around the borough, documenting the work they do for the community.

The project aims to tell the stories of people who have carried out charity work in Bromley from the 1940s to the present day.

Bromley Museum will host a screening on Friday June 6, along with exhibits of photographs and written accounts.

Charlotte Bill, Heritage Project Coordinator, said: “The oldest story, and also the saddest, is from 1941, about a young volunteer who was a fire watcher.”

Her main concern is “how to do justice to all the work of all the volunteers in Bromley”.

This forms part of Volunteer Week, celebrating community heroes and encouraging new recruits.

An additional 10-minute screening will take place at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony this Thursday, 6-8pm, at Bromley Library.

Projects featuring in the 17 films include the Willow Wildlife Rescue Centre in Chislehurst, West Wickham’s Pop-In Parlour, and Zinnia Garden Nursery in Bromley.

In one film, Orpington District Archaeological Society discovers a rare Tudor sundial at Scadbury Moated Manor.

Another recounts the work of wartime residents that used the Chislehurst caves as bomb shelters.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and run by Charlotte at Community Links Bromley, the project will continue until December and welcomes any new volunteers or stories.

Films can also be viewed here.

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