Do you care about our community and want to help it recover from the impact of Covid? If so, why not join the Crediton Heart Project team? We are the local charity which created and runs this website. But we also have ambitious plans for a new multi-use building, which have been put on hold by the pandemic. To build on our achievements and adapt our plans for a Covid world, we are looking for people with time, energy and ideas to join us, as Heart Project trustee Nancy Murgatroyd explains.
Crediton Parish Church’s famous Christmas Tree Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year, could not go ahead this year for obvious reasons. But to keep the spirit of this joyous event alive, the Church has posted pictures of Christmas trees around the town as part of a festive Treasure Trail. Our picture editor Nancy Murgatroyd reports on Crediton’s historic link with the Christmas tree tradition and shares some stunning images of previous Christmas Tree Festivals.
The weather can be pretty unpleasant, the days are short, it seems to get dark far too early. Maybe it is hard to get inspired about your garden in winter, but for keen gardener Nancy Murgatroyd this is the time to dream and plan. Here she shares some ideas about how to plan a garden project.
The blogs on our website reflect local life in very special ways. We all know our lives have changed over the last few months and some of our blog writers tell the story of their own challenges and responses. Our picture editor, Nancy Murgatroyd, picks some highlights from our most recent postings.
The brilliant array of blogs here on this new community website make for fascinating and varied reading. Topics cover everything from food to fires, stress to surfing, poetry to pampering, tunnels to tragedy, CODS to cakes or cycling, children’s stories to splendid isolation, wildlife to watercolour and the Wild Sargasso Sea.
Printmaker and Heart Project Trustee Nancy Murgatroyd has been captivated by the new words and concepts the pandemic has generated. She has been exploring the meaning of ‘isolation’ through her work and urges others to share their creative responses by entering our creative competition ‘My Life in Lockdown’.
The Crediton Heart Project is a voluntary organisation, set up in 2018, with the aim of keeping the heart in Crediton by supporting the vibrant arts scene, community groups and local enterprise in and around our town.
Nancy Murgatroyd has lived just outside Crediton for 10 years. After studying art and design she worked in the textiles and fashion industry for many years. She was involved in building and managing a community centre in the Yorkshire Dales and worked as a non-executive director of the NHS, in an acute hospital setting and in the ambulance service. She recently retired from running a gallery selling contemporary British art and craft. Her personal creativity is expressed through painting, drawing, gardening and print making. She is a Trustee of The Crediton Heart Project.