Cirencester College open Josh Edmonds Media Suite
PUBLISHED: 10:22 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 09 March 2017
The newly refurbished Media Suite at Cirencester College, named after former student Josh Edmonds who tragically died in 2011, open for aspiring film-makers
After the tragic death of their son Josh, Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris have worked on a number of projects to honour his life and help others who are in need of support after the death of a loved one.
Recently, a new media suite at Cirencester College has been named after Josh – the Josh Edmonds Media Suite – where he studied video production from 2004-2006 before making a career as a video producer at the Ministry of Sound.
The new state of the art television studio, with £600,000 funding by Gfirst LEP as part of their Gloucestershire Growth Deals project, will be used by the next generation of budding creatives attending the college. The suite forms part of the wider Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building at Cirencester College. The project, costing £2.8 million, was jointly funded by GFirst LEP’s Gloucestershire Growth Deal, the Education Funding Agency and the College.
The STEM provision at Cirencester College is part of a countywide investment, including facilities at Gloucestershire and Hartpury Colleges, with a total investment of over £2 million for STEM through the Gloucestershire Growth Deal.
Dev Chakraborty, Deputy Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, said: “I was delighted to attend the opening of the Josh Edmonds Media Suite, which will provide valuable facilities for students in Gloucestershire.
“Part of our work as the Local Enterprise Partnership is to close the skills gap – our Gloucestershire STEM strategy aims to align education capability with sector industrial growth and demand, providing the facilities and resources needed to create the next generation of workforce.”
Since his death in 2011, Jimmy and Jane set up the Beyond Goodbye website to celebrate Josh’s life and honour his memory.
The Good Grief Project, now a registered charity, emerged from this; with the goal to raise awareness about the needs of the bereaved and promote an understanding of what it means to grieve in a culture that has difficulty speaking openly about death, dying and bereavement.
Awarded runner-up Bereavement Project of the Year 2017 at The House of Lords in February, their mission is to support families grieving after the untimely death of a loved one, particularly the death of a child.
As film makers, Jimmy and Jane have created a series of films which provide a moving insight into the issues of death, dying and bereavement and will be screening their A Love That Never Dies at Vue Stroud on Thursday March 16 in partnership with Stroud Film Festival.
The independently made feature documentary tells the story of their road trip across USA.
After previously selling out, the film will now be shown in Screen 1 with more tickets available, followed by a Q&A with Jimmy and Jane and hosted by Gloucestershire’s Alice Joly.