Hollywood comes to High Wycombe with outdoor family film festival

movie-festFamilies in High Wycombe enjoyed two cinema events under the stars at Marsh and Micklefield Movie Fest last weekend.

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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Editors notes

If you would like more information about Thames Valley Housing, please contact Catherine Jessup on 020 8607 0654 or email her: Catherine_jessup@tvha.co.uk

You can also find out more about TVH by going to www.tvha.co.uk

Follow TVH on Twitter @ThamesValleyHA

About Thames Valley Housing Association

Thames Valley Housing is based in Twickenham, West London and delivers housing for a wide range of people. Founded in 1966, the association manages and administers over 15,000 properties in London, Middlesex, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, and Sussex. Thames Valley Housing aims to meet the aspirations of all our customers and residents, helping them to get the home they want or need at the outset, providing further opportunities to move or buy later should they wish. It provides affordable rented homes, shared ownership, and key worker accommodation, including the staff accommodation for eight NHS Trusts. In order to generate a profit to help fund our social purpose, we also have a market rent business called Fizzy Living; and a joint venture to build housing for sale, called Opal.

About Marsh and Micklefield Big Local

The Marsh & Micklefield Big Local is one of 150 projects across England to be given at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.

At a local level in Wycombe Marsh and Micklefield the programe is managed by the Marsh and Micklefield Big Local Partnership – a group of residents and supportive people from other local organisations. The partnership has consulted with the wider community and produced a community plan which identifies three main areas of focus:

1. Improve Community Cohesion   2. Raise Aspiration for all   3. Enhance Educational Engagement

www.mandmbiglocal.org

Contact: Lisa Meaney

Lisa@mandmbiglocal.org / 07478687954

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