£18,000 health lottery grant will mean Fenland village hall can show blockbusters and also teach film making

Three Holes village hall

Three Holes village hall - Credit: Archant

A village hall can show blockbusters such as Skyfall and Noah – as well as local history films and Tom and Jerry cartoons- thanks to a £18,792 health lottery grant.

Three Holes village hall and playing field has been given the money by the People’s Health Trust (PHT) to launch the Welle Film Project.

The project, which is funded through the PHT’s Active Communities Fund, has two strands – film screenings and film making. It will mean, for instance, villagers can trained to use professional cameras, sound and lighting equipment and lessons in digital film editing using industry software.

A free launch event will be taking place at the hall on Saturday September 13 (1pm to 5pm) and people are invited to attend to find out more about how they can be a part of this new local initiative. As part of the inaugural taster-event, classic Tom & Jerry cartoons and short films from the East Anglian film archive will be shown.

Sue Low, chairman, said: “We are asking people to drop in, find out more about the project and give us their ideas and suggestions.

“We are also keen to speak to people over 16 who would like to apply to join the film-making group and gather their suggestions of local community activities to film.”

The funding covers a two year period and means that a monthly film screening can take place at the hall. In the future, films will be shown on the second Sunday of the month and the programme for the first three screenings is:

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October 12- Noah (12A) starring Russell Crowe

November 9 - War Horse (12a), to commemorate World War 1 in partnership with Creative Arts East’s Village Screen project.

December 13 – Skyfall (12a) the 23rd Bond movie

Screenings will usually take place between 12.30hrs (doors open at 12.00hrs) and 16.00hrs – depending upon the film length – and entry will be £2 per person.

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