The team behind the project to bring a cinema screen to
Harborough are appealing for the community to support them one last time in a final push to win a £50,000 grant.
The Harborough Screen has been shortlisted for ITV’s People’s Millions programme – a partnership between the TV station and the Big Lottery Fund in which people are asked to help decide which community projects get up to £50,000 of Lottery funding.
The group is applying for £46,000 to buy a state-of-the-art digital projector and access ramps for the toilets and cinema unit.
An ITV film crew will visit Harborough on November 19 to film the group as it puts its case forward.
The segment will then be screened on ITV’s regional Central News on November 27. It will go up against another project in the region with viewers invited to vote for their favourite.
Phone lines will not open until the night but the group wants to raise awareness of the programme to get as many votes as possible on the night.
Harborough Screen chairman Marion Lewis said: “The project is by the community for the community and I think that’s why we were chosen.
“We couldn’t have made it this far without the support of the community and we just want people to support us for one last push.”
The mobile cinema unit was moved into position at Symington’s Rec in the summer, with few visible signs of progress since.
But Mrs Lewis said a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes. The ticketing system has been bought, seats have been replaced and work on the interior and electrics have been completed.
The project has attracted more than £80,000 in grants and donations from the public already. Securing the £46,000 People’s Millions money would be the icing on the cake, said Mrs Lewis.
“It may look like not much has been done but I think it’s important for people to know we have been working hard behind the scenes,” she said.
“People don’t realise how much a lot the work costs but the toilets were £25,000 alone, while installing power cost £5,000.”
If successful, the cash would me made available in January. The group now hopes to open the cinema next spring, alongside the new Cube Youth project building being built next door.
Villagers in North Kilworth won £60,000 on the People’s Millions in 2011, using the money to install solar panels on three community buildings as well as planting 500 trees in the area.
To back the cinema team’s bid ‘like’ its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/harboroughscreen.