2nd - 4th of August 2019!


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We are proud to support …

NDADA was born in 1975 out of the wave of change heralded by Erin Pizzey which was taking place across the country with regard to the Refuge movement.

With the support of a few dedicated people including Hilary Draper, Cllr. Faye Webber and the District Council, the first refuge opened in a small terraced house with very few facilities.

Until 2012 the organisation was called North Devon Women’s Aid but with more family work being undertaken and the inclusion of a service for male victims, in May 2012 we changed the name to North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA).

Real growth had happened over the last 14 years but in the climate of competitive tendering the funding for our outreach services has been removed in favour of an out-of-county provider. The new provider does not include refuge as part of their service delivery so NDADA has committed to funding this vital service independently and is the only one operating in the Devon County Council area.

Registered Charity No.: 1098450

The Plough Arts Centre, at the heart of the community amidst beautiful North Devon countryside

Mission Statement

The Plough Arts Centre provides exciting opportunities for all people to experience a wide and vibrant range of high quality arts events both as audience and participants. Through creative partnerships the Plough Arts Centre is a welcoming and dynamic venue for artistic expression and education, responsive to the needs of the local community and a beacon for the arts across North Devon – visible and valued throughout the South West.

From our stunning rural setting we offer a varied and exciting programme of arts events and activities. We aim to entertain, inspire, educate and challenge in equal measure. Our packed annual programme includes film, live events, exhibitions, workshops and educational outreach for people of all ages, interests and abilities. We think we are ‘the largest arts centre in the smallest town’ and we know our positive impact is felt across the region.

Registered Charity No.: 1093715

Elevation 2018 raises over £2,600 for local charities and announces bigger two-day event for 2019!

The Elevation Directors with NDADA’s Alessia Sheldon and Mandy Davies (left) and The Plough Art Centre’s Richard Wolfenden-Brown (Right)

Back for the third year, The Elevation Festival, North Devon has raised an impressive £2,760 for local charities NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse) and The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington.

The Elevation Festival was launched in 2016 at Cranford Cross Farm, showcasing a mix of local talent along with more established acts and further afield, culminating in a fabulous headline performance from tribute act The Darkside of Pink Floyd. Despite some of the worst weather seen by the area, those who attended described the atmosphere as “fantastic” and “brilliant!”. The following year, 2017, was headlined by 70s pop act Mungo Jerry and compered by Paul Hopper and James Chapple from The Voice FM, raising over £1,000 for the North Devon Hospice and The Plough Arts Centre.

2018 saw a new layout and extensive ground works to improve drainage following two muddy years and Plymouth’s Mad Dog Mcrea fill the headline position to a generous crowd bringing the total to date raised for charities to £3,783. The event was widely regarded as a success by all who attended.

2019 will be more ambitious again as the event grows to three days, Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th of August. Lineup to be announced on Facebook, the Elevation Website and the Press.

The organisers would like to thank their 2018 sponsors Sam’s Cider and Nick Ager Haulage along with thanks to the Torrington Cavaliers for their support. Plans for 2019 are now set in motion for a bigger, two-day event with more food options including vegetarian and vegan options, family and children’s activities and workshops, and the all-important wet weather provision with a bigger marquee and acoustic sessions bar. Festival Director Jo Gater-Willats said “we just love developing and delivering a great family day out with fabulous live music, great food and fun entertainments, we are always looking at new ideas and 2019 will have a general focus on reducing our environmental impact with a specific focus on the elimination of single use plastics. ”

If you would like to know more about the Elevation 593 festival or would be interested in getting involved, further details can be found on the website at www.elevationdevon.uk or you can follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – just search for Elevation Festival Devon. Elevation 593 Devon is a full member of the Association of Festival Organisers.