Over the last 24 months Laneham Memorial Hall has been running a very successful monthly cinema night. The nights bring together a wide range of people from our community that might otherwise not be brought together and from these nights we have seen new friendships building from members of the community young and old that now go out of their way to help each other and be good neighbours.
The original plan for the cinema night was brought on from a village wide survey in which local residents were asked to suggest ways to use the village hall, and a cinema night was by far and away the most popular choice amongst our community. We were fortunate to have been granted funding from the Big Lottery Fund to run the event through 2017 and 2019 for 24 months and in that time we have seen a great turn out month-on-month, sell out screenings and audiences from the village, surrounding villages and visitors from further afield, with ages ranging from 8 years old to 84!
The money we were granted was used to pay for a team of experts to come and run the nights for us, bring all the equipment, and source films and licenses. By having this small company come run these nights for us we were left able to concentrate on advertising the events, staffing the kitchen and setting up the hall before and after. We have enjoyed this monthly event tremendously and as it draws to an end we are desperately seeking funding for another year.
Our plan for the forthcoming year is use the grant money to pay for another 12 months of screenings - 1 film per month. From this we will learn what equipment is best suited for our needs, how to use the equipment, where to source licenses and what films work best for our audience. We want to glean as much information from this other company as possible before taking the reigns ourselves in 2021 and purchasing the equipment to start running the nights ourselves; offering more screenings at varied times to ensure that everybody has a chance to use this facility and we bring together the maximum number of people in the community.