Village cinema brings community & church together

Author: Geoff Freeman

Published on: 10 March 2016

Movies at St Mary’s’ is a village cinema organised by St Mary’s Church, Banham and The Friends of Banham Church.

Started three years ago, their film screenings have proved very popular and attendance is now around 35 to 40 people each evening. They are also members of Village Screen which is part of Creative Arts East.

The film screenings are a mixture of fundraising and outreach work in a community. The use of the church in this way is also part of a wider outreach project with their successful Youth Café’s (up to 50 high school aged young people each week) and Café Church which monthly attracts 40-50 older residents. Alongside the films is also the chance to socialize with others over a hot meal.

The evenings are usually held between September and April each year and 5 – 6 fi lms are shown (on a full size screen) each year during the darker evenings.

In January they screened ‘45 years’ which was filmed entirely in Norfolk. The film features Tom Courtney and Charlotte Rampling who have both received great reviews for their performances.

The film nights start at 7pm with a meal, or people can come along at 7.30pm for just the film. For more information or to book please call 01953 887575 or visit Banham Post Office.

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