Over the last few weeks Sidmouth has been awash with excitement and there has been a buzz in the air; Is it the bees signalling the start of summer? Is it the holiday makers enjoying the Easter sunshine? I’m afraid not. As exciting as all that might be, the real talk of the town recently has of course been the filming of the new musical “Melody” , starring amongst others; Helen Baxendale and Joan Collins – Ahem "Dame Joan Collins”, as a friend of mine was recently corrected. Quite right!
It all started with an advert for extras from the local area, rumours were rife as to potential stars that would be descending upon Sidmouth and low and behold a short time after the little pink signs started appearing all over the town, ensuring we all knew where the day’s filming would be taking place. Not that the crews seemed to mind – I hear on the grapevine they were very friendly and welcomed the local excitement (although they did refuse to give away any of the secrets about the film!).
Making the most of their on location filming, lots of local hot spots were chosen from Jacobs Ladder all the way to Salcombe Regis church - championing some of the area's most idyllic spots and showcasing Sidmouth, and East Devon generally to the world of Hollywood.
While some local businesses were so involved in the filming that their proprietors were invited to the screening for the rest of us we will have to delay our enjoyment until Melody comes to the Radway, where I expect opening night will be booked well in advance. I for one will be there spying out for Sidmouths’ favourite spots and scanning the credits for friends while raising a glass to Sidmouth in anticipation of the next film crew who are sure to turn up; Personally, I’m hoping for Ewan Mcgreggor.
With Mother's Day fast approaching, are you still be thinking of what to do and where to go.
With the weather set to look sunny and day, how about a visit to the near by villages of Branscombe and Beer or a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary.
Why not have a look in Fields of Sidmouth to see if you can find that special something or treat her to some tickets to see the next performance at the Manor Pavilion Theatre.
Held on Wednesday 22nd March between 10am and 4pm, The Donkey Sanctuary are welcoming volunteers to plant hedgerow and harvest willow at Trow Farm, Sidmouth.
The ideal place to meet like minded people, learn new skills and have fun, volunteers are welcome to take willow home for their own fencing, sculpture and living willow projects, The Donkey Sanctuary runs a volunteer wildlife and conservation day every month where a wide range of skills can be learn.
This volunteer day is a free event, however booking is essential to ensure a place. No experience is necessary. Gloves tools and hot drinks are provided, however volunteers are asked to bring a packed lunch and a bottled drink.
To find out more, click here.