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FILM lovers of all ages will be able to enjoy the silver screen in their own village after a Midcounties Co-op grant. A DVD film projector has been...

FILM lovers of all ages will be able to enjoy the silver screen in their own village after a Midcounties Co-op grant.

A DVD film projector has been bought by the Evenley Village Hall Management Committee, near Brackley, which received an &#163 800 Co-operative Community Dividend grant.

The film projector will be a fixed unit in the hall which can be used by the existing monthly film club. There are plans to set up other cinema clubs such as a Saturday children&#039s group and to show films as part of the weekly drop-in club for senior citizens on Thursday afternoons. The nearest cinemas are located at Milton Keynes, Banbury or Oxford so village film shows will greatly benefit those who cannot travel easily.

"We&#039ve already bought the sound system and the DVD, but needed a projector as we currently have one on loan," says Cliff Payne of the hall management committee. "The Co-op&#039s grant will help us achieve our plans to set up new film clubs and we can use the projector for other fundraising events such as discos and race evenings."

Evenley Village Hall was originally the old school building, built in 1834. In 1963 it was converted into a hall for local residents and the parish council assumed management in 1997. Since then he hall has been completely refurbished and now has full disabled access.

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