Cheshire East Council has given a community cinema group more than £1,000 to help get it off the ground.
Holmes Chapel Community Cinema, known as HC3 for short, has held its first screening (on September 18) – and Cheshire East Councillor Les Gilbert was on hand to present a cheque for £1,115 from the Council’s community grant scheme to support the new venture.
Cllr Gilbert said: “This is a great example of a community-led project and projects such as this illustrate the strong sense of community that exists in Holmes Chapel.
“Something like this doesn’t just happen by itself – it takes people with vision and energy to make it happen.
“I want to congratulate HC3 chair Peter Clinton, its treasurer Bill Bowers and the rest of the team. I know that a lot of effort has gone in to this in terms of research, consultation and planning and I was very pleased to see such a strong turnout to see their first screening.
“Cheshire East Council is pleased to be able to support the project by funding the start-up costs. I now urge the community to get behind this initiative and show their ongoing support – and I wish the project every success going forward.”
Holmes Chapel Parish Council chairman Steve Ranger added: “This was a fantastic night for the village – the fruit of some brilliant work by the team, who set this up in a very short time.
“The project was triggered by the results from a parish council survey to find out what things the people of Holmes Chapel wanted in terms of facilities, and the show of interest for a community cinema was very strong, with over 200 households saying that it was one of the things they wanted.
“We are very grateful to Cheshire East Council for providing a contribution of over £1,000 to help with the start-up costs.”
Holmes Chapel Community Cinema treasurer Bill Bowers said: “The community cinema is being run on a non-profit basis. The aim is to make the cinema self-sustaining but it just needed a bit of financial support to get it going.
“We have set up a website www.hc3.uk where we will advertise details of upcoming screenings and we also plan to use some of the grant money to put up a notice board at the library.
“I’d like to say how delighted I was to see everyone attend the showing of Belle. We were all biting our nails, wondering how many people would come – and it was wonderful to see the place full.”