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Weʼre raising £1,000 to Produce a documentary about the history and importance of Pen Green in Corby. Allowing Corby people to tell their own stories.

Corby, UK
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LEARNING TO BE STRONG: The Pen Green Story - a documentary celebrating modern Corby.

In the past few years, a lot of words/phrases have been associated with Corby: depressing and unhappy to name a few. But the first word that springs to mind when I think of my hometown is STRONG. 
Corby is a town that was built around the opening of the steelworks in the 1930s. It's residents from the past risked everything to travel to the then small village in East Northamptonshire in the hope of making a better life for themselves and their families. They showed ambition and strength from the very beginning. 
When the steelworks was threatened during the Thatcher years, the residents of Corby took to the streets and protested in their thousands. And when the steelworks was eventually closed in 1980 and 10,000 people lost their jobs, they continued fighting. They fought and they fought and they fought, and they've been fighting ever since. 
This is the story of how a children's centre in Corby promoted the regeneration of the town during a time when hope dwindled. When unemployment was at an all time high and many relied on food banks or generous donations, Pen Green provided hope for the next generation.

Our aim is to give the people of Corby a platform to tell their own stories. To teach the history of the town to the next generation and to inspire them to be passionate about Corby. 
The people of Corby deserve to have their voices heard and this is our opportunity to make people listen.

So Where do you come in?

We're looking to raise around £1000 to go towards production costs and advertising. 
We are lucky enough to have a host of people with different skills volunteer to work with us and we are so grateful to them.
We have student filmmakers, local bands, a range of people from the community and local companies that have offered to give up their time to support us in any way they can. For this reason, the majority of the funding will go towards advertising the documentary as we want as many people to see it as possible! We plan to have a launch event followed by screenings across the town (and hopefully even further afield) which is where you come in...

What can we do for you?

In exchange for a donation, we can offer you bespoke gifts!

• Donate £5 and we'll give you a huge, public THANK YOU on our Facebook & Twitter (a reach of 40,000 combined).

• Donate £10 and you will receive unique behind the scenes photographs and a huge, public THANK YOU on our Facebook & Twitter.

• Donate £25 and you will have your name in the credits and a huge, public THANK YOU on our Facebook & Twitter.

• Donate £50 and you will receive a limited edition movie poster, your name in the credits and a huge, public THANK YOU on our Facebook & Twitter.

• Donate £100 and you will be invited to join us on set, have a cameo in the documentary, receive a limited edition movie poster, your name in the credits and a MASSIVE public THANK YOU on our Facebook & Twitter.

The Impact

This is our chance to work collaboratively to change people's ideas about Corby and to shed light on the importance of Early Years intervention/education. We can overshadow all of the sensationalized, negative press that corby has received in the past and demonstrate the community spirit that is felt across the town. 
It is so important, in this time of austerity, that we show the trials and tribulations that real people are facing daily. This is our chance to make a difference.

Other Ways You Can Help

There are so many ways that you can get involved other than donating! Here are a few...

• Spread the word! Tell anyone and everyone about this!

• If you have a story about Pen Green to tell, get in touch with us by emailing Kayleigh at

Thank you for your interest in our documentary - we can't wait for you to see it!

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    • Anonymous


      Jun 5, 2018

      I think the documentary is a great idea

    • Little Acorns Corby

      Little Acorns Corby

      Jun 3, 2018

      Look forward to seeing the documentary. Sounds interesting Little Acorns Corby


    • Rosa Collins

      Rosa Collins

      May 9, 2018

      A fantastic idea! Such an inspiring place for familes, students, staff and childrenPen Green holds a special place in my heart for the support and belief in me when I studied for the MA (cohort 6)!


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    Kayleigh Russell

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    Corby, UK

    The Pen Green Centre opened in 1983. It was set up as an integrated service for families within the local community of Corby. Pen Green was a response to the belief that adequate early childhood services are a need & right for all families and communities.

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