Gomms Wood Nature Reserve provided a beautiful outdoor setting for a showing of The Lego Movie on Friday 17th September, while the next day’s film Zootopia was shown in the grounds of Beechview School.
Thames Valley Housing worked alongside Marsh and Micklefield Big Local, Chiltern Rangers and other local community organisations to co-organise the event.
Jonathan Buck, Community Investment Officer at TVH commented: “This is a fantastic event for bringing the local community together and provides something different, fun and affordable for people in the area. It’s been great to see so many local residents turning up and enjoying the films together.”
Also premiered were two short films: one by Young Roots, a youth project organised by local conservation organisation Chiltern Rangers, and another by YOLO Productions, a project developed by Marsh & Micklefield Big Local as part of a youth survey taking place in the area.
Hills Café, a local social enterprise which serves affordable food and offers training and volunteering opportunities in the Micklefield area, catered for both of the events with a barbeque. Pupils from Beechview School ran a popcorn and sweets stand at Saturday’s event to raise money for their school, with confectionery donated by local supermarket Loudwater Tesco. Chiltern Rangers provided site support for the outdoor spaces used for the film showings.
Lisa Meaney, Project Manager at Marsh & Micklefield Big Local said: “We’re really pleased to have had so many organisations collaborating on this event. This is the second year that we’ve run Marsh & Micklefield Movie Fest and the reception has been great. We hope to run it again in the future and get even more people involved.”
Local volunteers played an important role in organising and promoting the event. Jonathan Buck added: “Going forward we want to make this a sustainable project that can be organised by local people. Our volunteers this year have contributed a lot to this event. I’d really encourage anyone who’s interested in volunteering with us in future to contact TVH or Marsh & Micklefield and get involved.”
This event was jointly funded by Thames Valley Housing, Marsh & Micklefield Big Local, and Home Group Housing Association.
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