SOS Call Answered with Cash Funding; Two Projects Get Pounds 40,000 to Improve Life and Get New Investment

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Byline: Brian Daniel

AVILLAGE cinema project and a community-owned harbour in Northumberland have won more than pounds 40,000 each from a scheme which seeks to halt rural decline.

The cinema project at Seahouses and the harbour at Holy Island are both benefiting from the Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS scheme, which allows rural communities across the UK to come together to improve facilities, services and opportunities for local people.

The fund has provided pounds 45,450 to Seahouses Development Trust for the development of a community cinema enterprise within the village's leisure centre.

The project will include local people in all aspects of the enterprise including marketing, sales and film-making lessons.

It will generate an income through the sale of tickets and other concessions, as well as increasing tourism in the village.

Maureen Bramley, chairman of the trust, said: "We are delighted that we have been successful in our funding bid from the Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS programme.

"With the money we'll be able to show films at the local Sports and Community Centre, and hire out the equipment to other communities as well.

"This will open up new leisure opportunities for people of all ages without having to travel great distances.

"The grant also enables us to offer employment for a project manager to take this exciting project forward, which is great news."

Meanwhile, Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust has been given pounds 42,000 to increase tourism by making various improvements to the community-owned harbour, including installing new moorings, clearing debris and improving access. …