New film celebrates Somerset flood volunteers

New Somerset documentary Down by the River has been released online, following a successful tour of venues around Somerset.

Down by the River is about the inspiring ways that communities across Somerset have responded to flooding. It was commissioned by Somerset Rivers Authority from the Bridgwater-based charity Somerset Film.


The film celebrates local volunteers, and highlights some of the extraordinary work they do to help reduce the risks of flooding. Places featured include Moorland, Martock and Ham on the Somerset Levels & Moors, Croscombe in Mendip and West Somerset.

Down by the River was created to help spark conversations about flooding, community resilience and climate change. Audiences responded very positively when the film was shown in ten venues earlier this year, and a more recent screening entertained A-Level Geography students at Strode Theatre in Street.

Among the volunteers featured in the film is Teresa Bridgeman (pictured top left in Luxborough with David Powell of Luxborough parish council and flood group). A former chair of West Somerset Flood Group, Teresa was awarded an MBE in 2021 for her flood-related voluntary work with local communities. She said: “Being part of a community flood group is an incredibly rewarding and important role. Down by the River shines a light on this work, which is going to be increasingly important as climate change brings more risk of flooding. I hope that it inspires other communities to look at how they can work together to respond to their own particular risks.”

Deb Richardson, Creative Director at Somerset Film, said: “This is a really important project and we are delighted to have been involved. The public screenings were so popular that not everyone was able to get tickets, but now anyone can see this fantastic documentary and hear about how Somerset people are facing the challenges of flooding and climate change.”

Down by the River is on Somerset Rivers Authority’s YouTube channel and on Somerset Film’s YouTube channel.

It’s on this page above and on the home page of this Somerset Rivers Authority website.

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