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Wednesday 22 December 2010

Pride of Polegate Calendar Raises

Dan Dunbar has presented £1150 to Polegate based charity children with cancer fund. The money was raised through the sale of the Pride of Polegate calendar. Dan Dunbar early this year organised a photography competition giving the residents a chance to submit photographs of Polegate. These images were than reproduced into a calendar sponsored by local business.

Dan Dunbar organiser said, “Polegate residents have been very supportive in making this project work and I would like to thank everyone involved for their support. I would like to thank all the sponsors for being able to produce the calendar and also those who have been able to sell the calendars and my extended thanks goes to Withers Diy who have sold over 80 of the calendars. I have really enjoyed the overseeing of the project and hope to do a similar project in the future.”

Ursula Downton CWCF “We are amazed by the fantastic amount that Dan has raised by his Pride of Polegate Calendar project. He deserved to do well as he's put so much hard work and effort into it. We really appreciate that Dan chose Children With Cancer Fund to benefit from the project. ”

Dan Dunbar organised this in association with his gold Arts Award, which is nationally recognised qualification that the highest recognitions of your abilities as a creative arts leader. Dan has now been successful in achieving his Gold Arts Award and the moderator commented that his portfolio was "an outstanding and unique portfolio where clearly the young person has embraced both personal arts development and arts project leadership wholeheartedly and with flair. The online portfolio was laid out in a compact and professional manner and creative in approach"

Willingdon Community School supported Dan through all levels of his award. Marina Castledine, Arts Award adviser said “ We are hugely proud of the hard work Dan has put it. He is a credit to the school and community and an inspiration to other students. We wish him all the best for the future”

Tuesday 14 September 2010

Pride of Polegate Photography Competition

Polegate and Willingdon Photographer's welcome.

Entry deatils and futher information at

Calling All Polegate Photographers

Polegate photographers have a chance to showcase their work in calendar which will than be able available to Polegate residents. for a donation to Polegate based charity Children with Cancer.

The Pride of Polegate Photography Competition is an opportunity to show everyone what is good about the area and for everyone else to see it. Pictures will be judged and winners will see their images featured in a calendar ready for next year.

Dan Dunbar, competition organiser said: “
This is a chance for local people to use photography to show what Polegate means to them”.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers alike, who are residents of Polegate who have until midday Friday 15th October to enter their images into The Pride of Polegate Photo Competition.

The Pride of Polegate Photography Competition judging panel will be looking for the photographers idea of positive aspects of living and working in the area. They will also consider a range of factors and will be looking for present rural, urban landscapes and scenes at events. Judges will also look for a creative approach and good technical ability.

Monday 12 July 2010

Eastbourne 999 Display 2010

A selection of my photographs from this year's Eastbourne 999 Display



Dan Dunbar, aged 17, from Polegate has received an award for a film about youth activism that he helped to make Dan‘s 40-minute documentary competed against more than 80 other entries to become a winner of the ‘Positive Images Awards’. This national scheme celebrates projects which show young people in fair and balanced way.

The film has scooped the accolade ‘Best broadcast created by young people’. Dan along with nine other young people aged 16 to 25 were trained and supported by national charity the British Youth Council (BYC) to make ‘Some Truth About Youth’.

Produced to celebrate the 60 anniversary of BYC, the documentary highlights the achievements of young campaigners over the last 60 years. The filmmakers spoke to MPs and activists about how they held past leaders to account and asked them what young people can do today to improve society.

The documentary, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under their Young Roots programme,
can be viewed on the British Youth Council website. It is also being shown on the Community Channel (Freeview channel 87) next Thursday (22 July) and Sunday (25 July).

Screenings of the documentary taken place held at the British Film Institute and at BAFTA in London. Youth groups, schools and others who would like to arrange a screening of the film can request a DVD copy from the British Youth Council by

Dan Dunbar says:

This documentary explores how young people continue to achieve regardless of how we are stereotyped.”

Thursday 20 May 2010

Students make documentary about MS

THREE students from Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, have been making a documentary about multiple sclerosis.

The students, who are studying media production, were given the task of making a 10-minute documentary on a subject of their choice.

The team - Joanna Evenden, Dan Dunbar and James Miller - decided to make a film to raise awareness of MS and carried out filming at the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society resource centre in St Leonards Road.

They filmed interviews with the chairman, Bernard Curtis, and group members, also with Debbie Soave, senior neuro-physiotherapist at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Producer Dan Dunbar said, "We wanted to make a documentary which was different. Where others are making films on the local area we wanted to have a more personal side to ours and to build awareness of MS."
Joanna Evenden, director, said, "It was a good project to work on and I feel I have learnt a lot from it." James Miller, director of photography, said, "My mother has MS so I know how this disease can affect a person.

"It's awesome how the Eastbourne & South Wealden MS Society does a lot to help local people who suffer from MS, and the volunteers deserve a lot of praise for the work they do."

Their lecturer at the college, Dave Alexander, said, "We have had a long running tradition of media students undertaking projects like this with real institutions and groups in the community.

"I am very proud of them and their professional attitude to their work."
Bernard Curtis MS Chairman said, "I am delighted that three young students devoted so much time and energy to this project, and in such a professional manner.

"They deserve the highest credit for helping us raise awareness of multiple sclerosis locally."

The finished film will be screened at the end of year show at Eversley House, Sussex Downs College Friday, June 11 at 5pm.