Helen’s DVD showcases Bourne’s rich heritage

Coun Powell with DVD
Coun Powell with DVD
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A BOURNE town councillor has produced a DVD to celebrate Bourne’s rich heritage.

Coun Helen Powell is delighted The Heritage of Bourne and some of its World Famous Sons is complete.

It was originally hoped to be a TV programme and Coun Powell had raised £2,000 towards it.

But when that idea fell through she used the money to make the DVD.

Coun Powell, of Westwood Drive, Bourne, said: “Doing this has been a big learning curve for me, but I am really delighted with how it turned out thanks to help from everyone involved.”

The film gives an insight into the town’s history with chapters about medieval warrior Hereward the Wake, father of haute couture Charles Worth, world class racing car designer Raymond Mays, Victorian artist Robert Gardner, monk Robert Manning and world distributor of bottled water Robert Mason Mills.

Coun Powell, who is also a district councillor, hopes the DVD will offer the younger generation in the community a chance to learn about Bourne.

She said: “It will give them an opportunity to find out about their heritage.

“It will be nice for other people too, especially the older population as some of it may hold a lot of memories for them.”

The costs £10 and is on sale in Walkers bookshop, in North Street, and is also available from the organisations which are set to benefit from sales of the item - Bourne Civic Society, Bourne Arts and Community Trust and Bourne Preservation Society.

Coun Powell said: “There are lots of people doing work to save our heritage. This DVD is a showcase for them and what they do.”

Filming took place last year, and since then Coun Powell has been editing it. She has had help from pupils in the media department at The Robert Manning College, which is now known as Bourne Academy, and Alan Woodhead, of Channel Lincolnshire.

Presenters on the DVD include Charles Evans, Rex Needle, Brenda and Jim Jones, Dr Michael McGregor and Lesley Wade.

Coun Powell raised £2,000 towards the project by holding two dances. She also received £250 from Lincolnshire Co-operative, and had support from Bakkavor.