Film which celebrates the history of immigration and agriculture to premiere in East Cambs

08:21 08 July 2014

Rich Soil Rich Heritage was shot at locations across Cambridgeshire

Rich Soil Rich Heritage was shot at locations across Cambridgeshire


A short film highlighting the history of immigrant communities in the fens is set to be premiered in East Cambridgeshire later this month.

Rich Soil Rich Heritage was shot at locations across CambridgeshireRich Soil Rich Heritage was shot at locations across Cambridgeshire

Rich Soil Rich Heritage, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was set up to examine how East Cambs and the surrounding fens has been influenced by the many different groups of people who have come to the area to work.

From 17th Century Dutch drainage engineers to Second World War German and Italian Prisoners of War and Polish fighter pilots, the project looks at how their work has helped shape the area.

The Rich Soil Rich Heritage film is a blend of documentary style interviews and presenter pieces and dramatic costumed reconstructions of aspects of the areas history.

Everyone in the film is a local volunteer and it features babies to people in their nineties.

Hetti Wood, who helped run the project, said: “Locations we used included Ely Golf Club, Oliver Cromwell’s House, Earith, Sutton Gault, Witcham, Bottisham, Soham and Prickwillow.

“We recreated scenes featuring wartime American airmen meeting local girls and German prisoners working the land and interacting with local people. A well-known local councillor also features playing Vermuyden, the Dutchman who masterminded the drainage of the Fens.”

The film will be shown, free of charge, in venues around the region accompanied by an exhibition about the Rich Soil Rich Heritage project.

The Rich Soil Rich Heritage film and exhibition will be on:

Wednesday, July 23, in Witcham Village Hall, from 7pm.

Thursday, July 24, in Burwell House, from 7pm.

Saturday, July 26, in Littleport Village Hall, from 2pm.

Sunday, July 27, Performing Arts Centre, in Soham, from 2pm.

For more information call 01353 722228 or e-mail The project website is

More news stories


A Littleport man who is disabled from combat in Afghanistan has been left “completely gutted” after thieves broke into his home and stole medals and medication.

Yesterday, 13:03

A Littleport councillor believes that if motorists “would stop driving too fast” the number of accidents on Branch Bank and Padnal Bank would be far less.

Yesterday, 11:53

A Littleport man has said “accidents will continue to happen” on the notorious Branch Bank/Padnal Bank road outisde his home after another car ended up in a ditch leaving a driver trapped this morning.

Yesterday, 10:45

Teachers and students at King’s Ely were awarded the eTwinning prize for European collaboration in the National eTwinning Award Ceremony.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up