Cinema still on way despite bid failure

Jan Dean at the Brackley Community Development Trust exhibition at Courtyard Mews.'120725M-E142
Jan Dean at the Brackley Community Development Trust exhibition at Courtyard Mews.'120725M-E142

Business leaders in Brackley are honouring their promise to revitalise the town despite missing out in the Portas Pilot Town funding bid.

Last month members of the Brackley Community Development Trust (BCDT) learned they had not been successful in the second round of bids, but are forging ahead with several projects, including a community cinema which will hold its first screening in just over two weeks.

Jan Dean from the trust said: “Obviously we are disappointed we didn’t get the Portas money, however through the BCDT, and an exhibition, we’ve been able to reach quite a few people and we feel we have gathered the necessary resources to push forward.

“But we are still looking for volunteers to work with us and if people do really want to step up to the mark, now is the time to do it. Let’s go for gold for Brackley!”

In conjunction with Brackley Town Football Club, BCDT’s first project to bring cinema to the town will start on Monday, September 3, with the screening of the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the football club from 7.30pm. It is intended to screen films on a monthly basis – but this could be more frequent if fully supported. Tickets cost £4.

Other potential projects, involve Westminster Pond and the old cricket pavilion at Magdalen College School which could be developed for community use.

To find out how to volunteer visit www.bcdt.co.uk.