Previous events

Latest: a note on our most recent screening of Waterlight – portrait of a chalk stream

The first Meldreth showing of the film was to the local WI in Meldreth Village Hall on Thursday 12th March 2020 at the WI AGM in the evening.

Bruce Huett introduced the film and responded to questions.  

The film was well received and Bruce enjoyed chatting over tea and cakes after the showing and hearing the members describing the fun they had had in and around the river when children.  

They were very appreciative of the work done by the River Mel Restoration Group to improve the river, but also commented that it was now much less deep.


You can view blog posts, films and other content from our previous events with local people: 

Waterlight Film Showing at Cambridge’s Most Sustainable Housing Development

On 22nd February 2020, we showed two screenings of Waterlight at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington. 

The Mel is a South Cambridgeshire chalk stream which has inspired a film based on poems by Clare Crossman. Waterlight captures the essence of the river: its history, rich wildlife, conservation activities and memories and reflections of local residents. The film has been praised by local conservation groups and already been enjoyed by over 300 people at local showings in Cambridge and surrounding villages.  

Cambridge University Waterlight screening at the David Attenborough Building

On 19th November 2019, Cam Valley Forum and Cambridge Conservation Forum hosted a showing of the Waterlight film in Cambridge — with talks, poetry, river-related folk music and a panel discussion.

Poster for CCF CVF screening of Waterlight

An Evening with the River Mel – the Waterlight Project’s film premiere

On 25th July 2019, we presented the first public screening of the Waterlight film at a crowded Community Hall in Melbourn.

The Waterlight Film Premiere

On 13th June 2019, over fifty people crammed into the upper room at the Plough in Shepreth for a special invitation event, to watch the first showing of the Waterlight film.

Waterlight Concert — Local Folk Songs & Poetry

On 8th March 2019, we were joined at the Hub in Melbourn by folk singers and musicians Penni Mclaren Walker and Bryan Causton, and poets and novelists Kate Swindlehurst and Jackie Watts in a special Waterlight concert to celebrate the river Mel in words and music.

A walk along the river Mel with local schoolchildren

On 23rd May 2018, poet Clare Crossman, local historian and conservationist Bruce Huett and filmmaker James Murray-White accompanied more than 30 Year 6 children from the local primary school, with their teacher, Mrs Willan. Together, we went for a walk along the river and some of the children made these films…

Poetry writing workshop

On 21st September 2018, Clare led a poetry writing workshop at the Hub in Melbourn. Here are some of the poems the participants wrote, inspired by the river Mel. 

Launching our website!

On 10th October 2018, Clare Crossman, Bruce Huett and James Murray-White hosted a public launch of our project website.