Windrose Rural Media Trust - video, television, film & radio charity for rural communities in Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire UK

// Welcome

Windrose Rural Media Trust is a charity that uses video, television, film and radio – for the benefit of the community, especially in rural areas. One of its main concerns is the effect of current changes on country life. Windrose also works specifically with older and younger people, people with disabilities and other groups with special needs.

Windrose is a development organisation. It creates experimental projects to advance community involvement in the media. Windrose is run by people with a wide range of experience in television and radio production and, for example, rural concerns, journalism, community work, economic development and the arts. Windrose has to raise all money needed for its work by the efforts of its own trustees. It welcomes partnership with other organisations to pursue shared aims.

Gift Aid FormAll help will be very gratefully received. To send donations or to discuss endowments or bequests please contact Trevor Bailey. Giftaid forms are available here...

// Projects

The Windrose Film Archive

A large archive of cine film recording life in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. This is preserved, copied and made available through outreach shows and archive-based project. Examples of films can be seen on the Close Encounters website. For details of forthcoming shows please email us at

Farming in Wartime

Young people growing up on farms today making audio recordings with people who were children on farms during the Second World War.

‘A Century of Salisbury and District on Film’ - DVD

This includes films from Zeals and Mere in the west to Salisbury, Wishford and Whaddon in the east and dating from 1921 to 1960's. £9.99 including p&p.

Pasture Promise

A major project expected to start in Spring 2011. Pursuing the research and writings of Graham Harvey, it will set out to explore a modern version of traditional pasture farming.

Wessex Ridgeway Audio Journey to the Sea

An audio impression of the Wessex Ridgeway, its people and activities.

Close Encounters

A website enabling people to “visit” villages and towns through archive films of each place featured. Each location will be given an audio profile or impression and links to websites of as many local businesses, community activities and facilities as possible. This prototype is designed to be capable of expansion into a wider Close Encounters project including many locations and both new and old media.

Capture Somerset

A partnership with Somerset Film. The aim is to involve the community in fresh searches for archive film of Somerset and to train local people as “Community Chronicler”, able to make good video and audio records of life today as a future archive.

Oral History Recordings

A project to train community groups to make oral history recordings in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

South Dorset Ridgeway Audio Trails

An audio impression of two circular walks linked to the Ridgeway, incorporating encounters with local people, sounds, events and accounts of features and their meaning.


For details of any of the projects listed above please contact Trevor Bailey… ( )


Windrose Rural Media Trust - video, television, film & radio charity for rural communities in Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire UK


Windrose Rural Media Trust:

Tel: 01747 840750