A Travelling girl's story

£2,717 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 60 months


The story is told through the eyes of young Traveller girls who are struggling to get an education. These girls face discrimination on an everyday basis but are feisty, funny and full of life. The O'Briens, the Slatterys and the Hegartys have been fighting for a secure place for their families for over 10 years. Yet a combination of conflict with the settled community, which no longer relies on their labour, and a pervasive discrimination "“ from the Council to local shopkeepers "“ has left the community devastated. John O'Brien will soon be expected to provide for his own family. In the film you will see him at Appleby Horse Fair. The struggle of these three families typifies the situation that Irish Travellers and Roma face up and down the country. They ask you to support this project with a donation that will fund the film. The film is intended to help all those who are fighting for a place to call home and will be used as an educational tool.
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Update 3
Posted by Beverley Carpenter
55 months ago
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The result of the appeal hearings was that Jimmy's family have been given temporary planning permission for 4 years as have one other family. The third family's appeal failed. They have been given a 28 notice to leave their land. This is being disputed as they were protected from eviction by the terms of a previous injunction. The council cannot offer them another place to go.
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Update 2
Posted by Beverley Carpenter
55 months ago
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Next Sunday is Henley-in-Arden Horsefair and Market. This is organised by the family of the Traveller girl in our trailer. You are all invited to attend. Please let Jimmy know if you have donated to the film as he would like to personally thank you and make you very welcome. Most of the footage is now gathered. Teachers from the NUT are assisting with supporting lesson plan guides for teachers and we will have a menu around planning and appeals for Traveller audiences.
You are all invited to attend.
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Update 1
Posted by Beverley Carpenter
60 months ago
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Donations of £10 will ensure that you receive a DVD and signed photo of the O'Brien family with thanks.

Donations of £25 and you will receive an invitiation to the Henley Horsefair to meet the family as a thank you.

Donations of £100 and you will be invited to Smithy Fen in Cambridge for a traditional Traveller meal with the families who you have helped.

All donations of £1 and above receive the thanks of all of the families in the film.
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Beverley Carpenter
58 months ago

Appeal hearing over and the families await the decision (which could take several months). UN day of Diversity march in London saw the residnts marching under the Smithy Fen banner calling for equality for all. Only £338 to reach our target of £3000. If we raise more it will be used for legal fees that are outstanding.. please help us get past our target! Thanks to all who have given so generously!

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Beverley Carpenter
58 months ago

Day 2 of the appeal hearing for the three families. This is a gruelling process where the aesthetic of the landscape is weighed against the extreme need of the applicants. Clips and audio are being recorded - which may be used in sections of the film. Thanks from the Travellers involved for your generosity. Please continue to encourage much needed donations from friends and interested parties. Smithy Fen Travellers will be marching in London alongside other Travellers/Roma at the head of the march against fascism on Saturday in central London!

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

18th of March !

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

Another big thank you to everyone who has supported this project from the families - who are preparing to defend themselves at the appeal which begins 15th March. Please help them to reach their target!

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

We have now raised over 1,000 - huge thanks from the families!

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

I have been asked to make clear that the 250 donation listed was also a collection of monies from Travellers at Smithy Fen site

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

If you don't have Paypal and want to contribute you can make a 'promise' to pay or get an address to sent cheque/PO by emailing mail@obliquearts.co.uk or phone 01223719590

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Raised by 74 people in 60 months
Created February 11, 2014
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HS
£15
Helen stocks-morgan
49 months ago

Good luck with the film- will be very interested in watching it

AF
£20
Adrienne Fleming
58 months ago

hope the planning enquiry went well

MP
£10
mollie power
58 months ago

Cant wait to see it !!! hope all goes well

PC
£10
paula champion
58 months ago
SE
£10
Steve Ellison
58 months ago
DC
£10
Dodie Carter
58 months ago

Good luck with the project

£12
beverley carpenter
58 months ago

Lulu Agate £1.50 and £10.50 Smithy Fen residents

£15
beverley Carpenter
58 months ago

Jimmy O'Brien

£12
beverley Carpenter
58 months ago

UAF London demo support

MH
£300
Michael Hargreaves
58 months ago

From Kathleen O'B, Orchard Drive

Beverley Carpenter
58 months ago

Appeal hearing over and the families await the decision (which could take several months). UN day of Diversity march in London saw the residnts marching under the Smithy Fen banner calling for equality for all. Only £338 to reach our target of £3000. If we raise more it will be used for legal fees that are outstanding.. please help us get past our target! Thanks to all who have given so generously!

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Beverley Carpenter
58 months ago

Day 2 of the appeal hearing for the three families. This is a gruelling process where the aesthetic of the landscape is weighed against the extreme need of the applicants. Clips and audio are being recorded - which may be used in sections of the film. Thanks from the Travellers involved for your generosity. Please continue to encourage much needed donations from friends and interested parties. Smithy Fen Travellers will be marching in London alongside other Travellers/Roma at the head of the march against fascism on Saturday in central London!

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

18th of March !

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Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

Another big thank you to everyone who has supported this project from the families - who are preparing to defend themselves at the appeal which begins 15th March. Please help them to reach their target!

+ Read More
Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

We have now raised over 1,000 - huge thanks from the families!

+ Read More
Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

I have been asked to make clear that the 250 donation listed was also a collection of monies from Travellers at Smithy Fen site

+ Read More
Beverley Carpenter
59 months ago

If you don't have Paypal and want to contribute you can make a 'promise' to pay or get an address to sent cheque/PO by emailing mail@obliquearts.co.uk or phone 01223719590

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