Our thanks go to the group of Adults and Children that braved the weather to support the Byron Project today.
Despite the constant threat of rain and wind the brave group ( Lindsay, Jessica, Charlotte, Ella May, Kyle and Mrs Pascoe) ventured out to raise much needed funds for a new screen for the Byron cinema.
Some of the Byron Project team turned up to support and cheer the riders on.
The group cycled the length of the Hucknall bypass and back again a distance of nearly 4 miles.
On the right are some of the pictures that were taken of the morning.
On behalf of the Byron Community Project I extend our thanks for your efforts.
A larger version of these pictures can be viewed from from our gallery (click here to view them)
It's that time of the year again. The Byron team (with help from our partners from Ingeus) spring into action decorating the canopy of the Cinema with the theme for 2015. The team decided to go with a Star Wars theme to coincide with the release of the new film (Of course us putting our own our spin on it was inevitable). If you havn't been down and checked out the display yet it's worth a trip down to see it in person.
Christmas Tree Festival
Once again the BCP rise to the challenge of presenting our Christmas Tree festival offering. Following the 2015 BCP theme (Snow Wars) the Byron Community Project's tree can be see left in the shape of the evil Darth Vader and a space battle theme. The Christmas tree festival is open to the public until Saturday 5th December 2015 at the Church of St Mary Magdalene so, again, if you haven't seen all the tree's from all the businesses and Schools from Hucknall the it's definitely worth a look.
Only a week to go now. Last minute preperations are being made to make the film quiz the best night that we, at the Byron Community Project, can make it. We have loads of prizes to give to participating film buffs. Don't forget a maximum of 4 to a team (So choose carefully to have a chance at the champions spotlight). See you all there. Good luck - The Byron Commubity Project.
The Pilgrim Oak host the latest Byron Project film quiz
Come along to the Pilgrim Oak in Hucknall on the 29th November 2015 at 7:30pm and enjoy another round of the favourite Byron film quiz. Your quizmaster Charley will be challenging your knowledge of movies past and present to see who will be crowned the new champion.
As well as a champions prize there will be bonus round prizes up for grabs.
Have you decided who will be in your team?
As usual most of the Byron Community Project team will be there on the night if you have any questions regarding the project to bring back the Byron.
Good luck. Remember, you have to be in it to win it.
Enter our prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £25.
Well, all you have to do is find the Magic Number at the Byron and email it to Meg (Meg.Zanker@thebyronproject.co.uk) to enter. The winner will be announced at our next public meeting on Saturday 6th June at 2pm in the Byron Auditorium.
Yesterday was our 3rd seat fitting session and it was great to see some new faces. As always we were grateful to the volunteers (old and new) that turned up to help us as it really does boost the team’s morale.
The focus seemed to be more on preparation than actual seat fitting, so not as many seats got fixed in, but all the other “little” jobs that we got done were a great help and should make seat fitting easier in future. We also came across a sign tucked away that could be from the 1930s, which got us all excited, so we will be giving that a closer inspection over the next few weeks and more information to follow on that at a later date.
Samuel’s cupcakes were once again delicious and kept everyone going. With 3 choices of flavours (Chocolate, Banoffee or Carrot & Lemon) it was difficult to decide which was the best, and I believe everyone tried at least one of each flavour to make it a fair test! So a special thank you goes to Samuel for taking the time to bake for us all (as well as fitting 2.5 rows of seats).
We are not sure yet if we will need another volunteer seat fitting day as we hope to have an organisation that is donating some time to help the project and are keen to put some seats in for us, but we will keep you posted.
Don’t worry though, there will be more chances to get involved with the project over the coming months and we will be giving a shout out when we need help from the lovely people of our community.
All that is left to say for now is thank you to everyone who has helped us so far – no matter how you have supported us and the project - it is truely invaluable.
As you all know we are currently in the process of fitting our cinema seats. We are a good way there but we still have more to go. This is where all our lovely supporters come in.
Can you "Lend a Hand for an Hour"?
We are having two more seat fitting sessions in March and it would be great if as one of our supporters you could spare us an hour of your time on either Sunday 1 March and/or Sunday 22 March between 11am and 5pm.
We need volunteers to help us fit seats as well as do some general tidying and cleaning. If you are available and want to come and "Lend a Hand for an Hour" please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Christa via Christa.Bales@thebyronproject.co.uk for more information.
If you an spare more than an hour that is great, but any help you can give is always greatly appreciated.
Today was our second seat fitting session and we managed to get in another 57 seats. The team were happy with this as we did not have as many volunteers as last time...we are blaming the sunny weather and hope that everyone took full advantage of it! However a BIG thank you to those of you who did join us today, as always we are so grateful for your help.
Today we have almost finished the bottom tier with just one pesky row to go and some volunteers started a couple of rows on the top tier. The double seat has also been fitted, so who wil be sitting on there at the next public meeting (Saturday 11 April at 2pm)?
We missed our official seat tester today, so they will have double the work to do at the next seat fitting session. Our official baker was with us today though and we really appreciated the delicious coffee and chocolate cupcakes. We couldn't decide which ones were best, and we all sampled both flavours. So a special thank you to Samuel for those and he has promised more home baking next time! Now that is a reason to join us.
Speaking of next time, the next seat fitting session is on Sunday 1 March. The team will be in the Byron from 11am until 5pm, so please come along at any point in between to help us out and contact Christa (Christa.Bales@thebyronproject.co.uk) to get more information on volunteering for us.
Thank you to everyone who helped with our first Seat Fitting Session of 2015. You are all amazing! It has been a fun day and we think the volunteers enjoyed themselves - they definitely enjoyed the homemade cup cakes courtesy of Samuel!
We were impressed with how everyone got stuck in to cleaning, prepping and fixing the seats. Not forgetting the all important testing. Our chief seat tester has personally sat on all the newly fitted seats to check comfort factor and audio levels (so that no squeaks are louder than the accepted norm).
Today we managed to fit 57 seats, but we are hoping to beat this number at the next seat fitting session on Sunday 8 February. Can you help us do this? If so please get in touch.
You do not have to come along for the whole 6 hours at every session, we would simply be grateful for any time you can spare. If seat fitting is not really for you but you still want to help still please get in touch, there are other little jobs you can help us with while the seat fitting is going on.
Project codename I.C.E is well under way. Thank you to the volunteers that gave their time this weekend to help out. I think we would all agree that things are going well so far.
The work is ongoing and help is still needed. Have you got an hour to spare? Do you want to be part of the secret project? (obviously you will be sworn to secrecy ;-) email Volunteer for more details on how you can get involved.
You may have heard the results already (this is a bit late being published) but for those who don't already know the Byron Community Project came top in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund award winning £3000. We at the BCP would like to extend our thanks to everyone that voted and supporter us. Without you we couldn't have managed it. The winnings will help with the further cost of continued architectural drawings and a structural survey. Once again thank you everyone.
The final results of the Lloyds Bank Community Fund award will be announced anytime from 4th November 2014 onwards. The team have all got our fingers and ties crossed for a first place win but any award would be chalked up as a win by us. We will announce where we finished and the amount as soon as we know. We also wish the other competitors, in our region, the best of luck.
In conjunction with 'The Pilgrim Oak', the Byron Community Project invites you to take part in a film and trivia film night. There will be fun for all and prizes for the winners.
This fun for all event will be held on Tuesday 21st October at the 'The Pilgrim Oak' pub on Hucknall High street from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Everyone is welcome so bring along the whole family and join in the fun.
The Byron Project Team and Volunteers hope to see you there.
Weve been shortlisted for a Lloyds bank Community Fund award, where we could receive a grant up to £3,000. This award would make a huge difference to us and our community, so please vote for us today using one of the following ways;
In Branch: Just ask for a voting token at Lloyds Bank enquiry desk
Our thanks to all the those that have volunteered to help us move the cinema seats on Sunday (10th Aug).
There will be a meeting at the Pilgrim Oakon Hucknall highstreet at 10:30am on Saturday 9th Aug for all the volunteers (more are welcome).
This is a really exciting time for the Byron Community Project, The Byron Cinema and the town of Hucknall. All the hard work and planning that we have been doing over the last year will now have something solid to show, in the way of cinema seats.
Once again a great big thanks to everyone that has supported us over past year.
The Project Team are mega excited about this development and hope you are too! So, we are now appealing for more seat sponsors and volunteers to help us on 10th August.
Plaza Stockport seat purchase
Members of the Project Team went up to Greater Manchester on Friday 1 August to view some cinema seats and they are great - ideal for the Byron.
There is only one day available for us to remove the seats from the Plaza and get them down to Hucknall which is next Sunday, 10 August. The Plaza Stockport is a restored 1930s cinema/theatre and they have commissioned custom built seats so they need to move out all their existing seats. The 400 seats we have bought are just like the ones we remember which were in the Byron.
Volunteer Seat Movers
The project team cannot do this alone! We are appealing for volunteers to go up to Stockport with us on Sunday, 10 August; unfix the seats; load onto transport and then unload back in Hucknall. We will also need some transport - the seats will dismantle into component parts and flatpack but there are 400 of them! If you can possibly help at either the Stockport end and/or in Hucknall, please let us know by emailing email@example.com saying whether you can offer labour and/or transport.
Now that we are getting an extra amount of seats than originally thought, we can offer a second opportunity for seat sponsorship. If you are interested then please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can obtain sponsorship by calling into the Sweet Cafe on Hucknall High Street (opposite the Post Office) or visit the Byron Bingo. It’s £25 per seat sponsorship and within this we’ll also invite you to name your seat/seats. There is obviously a limited number of seats and on the last round of sponsorships the seats went very quickly indeed so please be quick to avoid disapointment.
It’s been a long, often frustrating, time - however, we now have some news to share with you about the seats for the Byron..
At first we were buying aircraft seats for the auditorium and then were advised not to go down this route as they weren’t in keeping with the heritage of the building and therefore could affect grant funding.
We then put in a bid back in January 2014 to purchase seats from the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall as they are renewing their seating. They told us that, in principle, they were happy to go ahead with this plan. After months of communication during which we thought the purchase was going ahead, we were eventually told only days before these seats were being removed from the RCH (end of July) that, under the terms of the removal contract, they would then belong to the contractors who have declined to sell to us. As you can imagine, this was a very low point for the Byron Community Project team.
However, after tears and much spitting of feathers, the Project Team determined not to let this huge disappointment defeat us and we now have some great news to tell you. Subject to the team viewing in the next week or so, we think we have found cinema seats which could be in the Byron by 11 August!
We first released 208 seats for sponsorship which went very quickly. Provided this purchase is approved, we can offer a second opportunity for sponsorship. If you are interested then please let us know now by email@example.comThen, as soon as we have viewed and approved the seats purchase, we’ll get back to you. It’s £25 per seat sponsorship and within this we’ll also invite you to name your seat/seats.
To all the people who have already sponsored a seat (or seats) please be assured that your sponsorship money is safe in the bank and we want to thank you most sincerely for your patience. If you haven’t already heard personally from us, then please could you drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, we have lost some email addresses. We definitely do have a list of the names of all our seat sponsors, how many seats sponsored and what is wanted on the naming plaques..
Volunteer Seat Movers
The project team cannot do this alone! We will be appealing for volunteers to go up to Greater Manchester with us; unfix the seats; load onto transport and then unload back in Hucknall. We will also need some transport - not sure exactly what this will look like until we have viewed the seats. If you can possibly help at either the Manchester end and/or in Hucknall (probably weekend of August 9/10 - to be confirmed) please let us know by emailing email@example.com whether you can offer labour and/or transport.
We will be putting out updates as and when we have them. Our next update will probably be after we’ve checked out these seats to let you know whether we are going ahead with the purchase.
We have an opportunity for you to be part of this huge challenging project to bring the Byron building back to its former glory - with lots of modern improvements - as a cinema/entertainment centre whilst retaining the Bingo Hall.
You will have skills and experience very relevant and valuable to the Project Team - just a few examples of what these might be (and no way is this list meant to cover everything!):
* talking to people - getting their support, ideas, information; sharing your enthusiasm
* you might love paperwork, admin, cleaning, photography, designing leaflets/posters, historical research
* perhaps you could help us with accounts, going to community meetings, helping out at our pop-up cinemas and craft fairs
* you might have experience of fundraising or loads of creative ideas how to do this
* maybe you feel passionate about film, music, theatre
* can you give presentations to large and small groups of people
* do you like working with video, sound equipment, computers, gaming
* could you offer to liaise with the many professionals we need to employ such as plumbers, electricians, architects
* perhaps you already use your talent to blog, use Facebook, Twitter, write articles for the press
Whatever your skill, talent, work, life experience, we will be able to find you a role within our team. You might be an all-time resident of Hucknall/surrounding area or recently moved here. Okay, so you might only have limited time to offer (or maybe stacks of time!) and other things in your life sometimes mean you have to take a back seat with voluntary work. However, what we can offer you is very worthwhile experience with enthusiastic, inspiring - and sometimes too excited! - bunch of local people who would welcome you with open arms. It can be challenging at times but I guarantee you'll learn new things and have a sense of achievement and pride when we make another tick on our to-do list!
Why not have a chat with us - either email, Facebook or come along to one of our events (next one is this coming Saturday 31st May - a Craft Fair at the Byron Bingo from 9.30 till 2.30) or look out for one of the team around Hucknall wearing a shirt, fleece or jacket with our logo on.
Please show your support for the Byron Community Project and the Crafters that will be offering some wonderful creations at our next Craft fair. Saturday 31st May 2014. Doors open at 9:30am until 2:30pm. All your favourite crafters will be there.
We would love to see you there and hear your opinion about the future of the Byron Cinema and what you would like to see it offering you. Remember the Byron Community Project is a none profit making organisation set up to bring the Byron Cinema (and so much more) back to the people of Hucknall. Your opinion counts just as much as ours does so please let us know what you think. Hope to see you there.
Denis Robinson and Mark Spencer cut the Birthday cake.
The Byrons Bingo's 47th Birthday celebrations took place on the night of the 28th March 2014 and, from our point of view, was an all round great night. The special guests were MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer and Hucknall Dispatch reporter Denis Robinson (cutting the cake in the picture above). As you would expect there was plenty of Bingo and speeches. Sri (The Byron Bingo owner) put on free food and drink for everyone. Members of the Byron Community Project attended the celebrations and thoroughly enjoyed the night - thank you Sri. If you also attended then we hope you had a good night too. Happy Birthday Byron Bngo!
Right we see Denis Robinson (top picture) doing a quick speech and Members of the Byron Community Project Team enjoying the night (bottom picture).
The Byron Bingo celerates its 47th Anniversary tonight. All 18's and over are welcome (space permitting) so please come along and join in the celebrations. We are told to expect a few surprises.
There is food and drink available at the bar and the fun starts at 6:20pm. Members of the Byron Community Project team will be there and would love to meet you. We are keen to listen to your opinions and ideas regarding the cinema.
Excitement is mounting for the next craft fair. Don't miss out on your next bargain and support the project at the same time. Admission is free and the atmosphere is not to be missed. There will be refreshments available. Doors open at 9:30 until 2:30pm. Please come along. We would love to see you there.
Please take a few minutes to help support our Heritage Lottery application by completing our survey Cinema Survey. The survey is completely anonymous and will help prove community support for the re-opening of the cinema as a multi purpose events centre. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Thank you very much to everyone at Trent Sound radio station and the LACE (Live Arts, Culture and Entertainment) team for inviting The Byron Community Project for an Interview on Saturday, it was a fantastic opportunity and very enjoyable! It was fantastic as well to meet local band The Establishment too and to listen to them play live in the studio, we fully recommend checking them out!
The March Craft Fair will also be taking place on Saturday the 8th of March at the Byron Cinema from 9:30am to 2:30pm. There will be a huge variety of goods on sale from local crafters and artists, so please come down to support The Byron Community Project and pick up a bargain at the same time!
We are also still looking for volunteers who can come down and help us, no matter what your skills are or how much time that you have to spare, we would greatly appreciate your help! If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message via the Facebook page.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity again to thank everyone for their help and support to date!
Thank you to everyone that supported the Valentine's pop-up last night. We very much hope that you all enjoyed yourselves and will continue to support the project in the future. We would also like to thank the Holgate Academy for allowing us to use their facilities. Happy Valentines day everyone!
There will be essential website maintenance happening possibly sometime next week (17th Feb - 21st Feb 2014). This may result in the website not being available for up to 48 hours during that period. We will keep you informed, using our Facebook page, as to when the site will be down and then available again. As always thank you for your support.
Thank you to everyone that attended and supported the Byron Craft fair, that was held at the Byron Bingo club. The next Craft Fair will be held on Saturday 8th March 2014 and will also be held at the Byron Bingo hall. Please come along and support the event. As with all Byron Community Project Group events, all profits will go to the project fund.
It looks like Dirty Dancing has taken a strong lead on our vote, available on the Events section of the website, but the voting is still open until tomorrow at midday, with the winner to be announced at our Public Meeting at 6:45pm tomorrow (this meeting to be held at the Byron Cinema and welcome to everyone who wished to attend).
The venue of the Pop-Up Cinema is The Holgate Academy and the date of the event is the 13th of February. The film will start at 6:45pm with the doors opening at 6:15pm.
Pre-Order ticket prices will be £7 for a Couples ticket (for two people), £4 for a Single tickets (one adult or child) and £12 for a Family Ticket (two adults and two children under the age of 16)
On the night itself tickets will be available on the door for £8 for a Couples ticket, £5 for a Single ticket and £15 for a family ticket.
Gift ticket details and location of sales for pre-order tickets will follow shortly, so please watch this space! If you have any questions to ask about the Pop-Up Cinema event or any of our upcoming events please do not hesitate to comment with them!
Hi everyone! We would just like keep you updated on our upcoming events:
On Wednesday the 5th of February we are holding a public meeting in the Byron Cinema building itself. We'll be giving everyone an update about our current progress and we'll be answering any questions that you have about the project. The meeting is open for anyone to attend and will start at 6:45.
Also, on Friday the 7th February we will be holding a Craft Fair in the Byron Cinema - entrance is free and a wide range of handmade goods and food will be on sale from local crafters. The craft fair will take place between 9:30 and 2:30.
Lastly we will also be holding a Pop-Up Cinema showing at the Holgate Academy on Thursday the 13th, the vote for which film to be shown is still taking place! The voting will close on the 5th and the winner will be announced at the Public Meeting on Wednesday. So please, if you haven't already please vote for which film you would like to see on the events section of this website!
Thank you everyone again for your support and we hope to see you soon at our events!
Put this date in your diaries! There is a craft fair at the Byron Cinema. Please show your support for the Byron Community project and take an opportunity to meet members of the team and pick up some bargains at the same time.
Doors are open at 9:30am and close at 2:30pm. There will be a tombola, hand made dog beds, Cakes, Jams, Jewellery, Artwork, Bath bombs, spatiality soap and much much more. We hope to see you there.
The latest cinema pop-up event is just around the corner (in more ways than one). The details are to be confirmed but we are hoping to hold the event at the Holgate academy at 6:30pm on Thursday 13th February 2014 and we would love to see you there. The following selection of films are among some of the all time favourite romantic classics and we would love to hear from you as to which is your favourite. The most voted for film will be the one we show on the night. Please vote for your favourite film by following this link or if you have problems with the link then please go to our events page.
Thank you all for your support.
I'm pleased to announce that we now have our fantastic Byron Community Project bags for life available on sale at a number of shops and local businesses in Hucknall!
These bags are great for shopping, hard-wearing and have our logo printed on them to show your support of the Byron Community Project. They are currently on sale for the promotional price of only £1 too! You can buy a Byron Community Project bag now at Robert Spray Insurance Services, The Fruit Corner, Lawrence Severn and Sons Butchers, The Sweet Cafe, Furever Friends, Yummie Tummies and The Dressing Room.
Finally we would like to thank everyone again for your continued support of The Byron Community Project!
I hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas and the Byron Project would like to wish you all a happy and successful New Year!
Firstly we would like to thank all of the stallholders and everyone who attended the first Byron Craft fair on Sunday the 22nd of December, it was a fantastic event and we hope to hold many more like it in the future, so watch this space!
Secondly we would like to thank everyone who has liked our new Facebook page and taken part in our promotions there, if you haven't already, we would like to invite you all to like our new Facebook page which is ‘thebyronproject’. Congratulations to Tina Worley for winning the promotion as well! The new page will be used for up-to-date information and events regarding the Byron Community Project whilst the previous Facebook page will be used for Historical information and social history of the Byron Cinema.
Finally we would like to thank you all for your continued support of the Byron Community Project and would like to wish you all again a very Happy New Year!
We are currently running a promotion on our Facebook site 'Thebyronproject'. If you havn't liked us before please 'like'the page for a chance to win a £10 electronic Itunes voucher. If we can reach 500 likes by 5pm today (24th December 2013) everyone who had liked the page will be entered into a draw to win the voucher. The winner (if we can reach 500 likes) will be announced at 5.30pm. Good luck everyone and a happy christmas to you all.
I am pleased to announce that on the 22nd of December we will be holding a Christmas Craft fair at the Byron Cinema! This is a fantastic chance to do some last-minute Christmas shopping with a wide range of unique, hand-made gifts on offer for sale from local crafters, artists, authors and designers.
The fair will take place on Sunday the 22nd of December, doors will open at 10am and the fair will open until 3pm. This will be held on the ground floor bingo area of the Byron. Admission is free of charge and refreshments will be available all day.
There will be a wide range of hand-made goods for sale including artwork by the talented local artist Holly Farmer and books by the author Gareth 'Brackenbelly'. Hand-made gifts including greetings cards, cakes, jewellery, knitted goods, bath bombs, soaps and cosmetics will be available for purchase. There will also be a raffle held and a tombola! All profits of course will be going towards the Byron Community Project to help us to restore and reopen the Byron Cinema.
We still do have a few tables available for hire which are open for anyone to hire on the day. Tables cost £5 for the day and the setup is from 8:30. If you are interested please contact Ria Cash on 07989669239 or via email at email@example.com.
We have had a fantastic response today for our fund-raising appeal at Tesco's and would like to thank everyone who kindly donated money and bought tickets for the raffle! We would also like to extend our gratitude to Tesco's for allowing us to be in the building today for our appeal.
We would also like to thank the leaders and scouts of 3rd Hucknall Scouting group who very kindly gave their time and effort into painting two sections of the Christmas float on Thursday evening. We very much appreciated your help and it was great to meet you all!
This week we will also be collecting in the survey forms that many local businesses have been kind enough to have available to fill in. If you haven't yet filled in a survey form this is your chance! Not only does every survey form let us know what you would like to see at the Byron but also helps us with our lottery funding application so we would very much appreciate taking the time to fill one out. Our online survey form can be found here, please send the completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any problems or questions to ask about the survey forms then please do not hesitate to contact this email address about them as well.
Finally we would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone once again for the help and support that we have received from everyone so far, so thank you again!
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be working on the float tomorrow in the Byron Cinema. Please do check back soon as the dates for when we will be in making the float will be made available soon!
Things have been going very well recently and all of our members have all been busy in the current run-up to Christmas! Starting with the survey collection day which we held on Hucknall High Street on Monday the 4th, Ria, myself and Pat Bestwick had a fantastic response from everyone and we were able to collect 74 individual survey responses! Each survey response that we get not only helps with our lottery funding application but is a great way to let us know how you feel about the project and what you would personally like to see the Byron building used for! The survey forms are still available at a number of local shops (The full list is shown on the news update for the 19th of October) and our Online Survey can be found here, the completed forms to be returned to email@example.com. A big thank you to everyone who has filled out a survey to date and we would like to thank Pat again for her help on Monday, without who we would not have been able to collect nearly as many survey responses!
The Christmas float is also coming along very well so far (pictures shall be available soon!) but we would still very much appreciate anyone who can help us out in making the float. Dates for when we will be in the Byron Cinema making the float will be made available soon so watch this space!
Also, on Monday the 18th of November we will be in the foyer of the Hucknall Tescos supermarket from 10am-4pm with a stand selling raffle tickets to further raise funds for the Byron Project, with the top prize being fantastic theatre tickets! It's also a great opportunity to meet the members of the Byron Project team and ask any questions that you might have.
We at the Byron Project would also like to thank Sri and all of the staff members at the Byron Bingo for the fantastic night we all had on Thursday, we are very appreciative of the welcome that we received and it was great to see everyone!
Finally we would also like to make another request if anyone has any white or magnolia emulsion paint that they would like to donate as we are hoping to be able to re-paint the rendering at the front of the Byron Cinema. Any donation would be very welcome, no matter the amount (or age!) of the paint and we would like to thank everyone again who has donated paint already. Any donations can be left at the Byron Cinema or collection can be arranged by contacting 07989669239 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you might have already noticed we have a number of survey forms available around Hucknall's shops and businesses for everyone to fill in about their opinions, thoughts and concerns on the Byron Community Project as well as what you would personally like to see the Byron used for. So far we have had a fantastic response and we would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to fill one in!
We now also have an Online Survey available, if you haven't already filled in a survey now is your chance! The survey is not only a fantastic opportunity to get your opinions heard but each one help us with our lottery funding application so we would be very grateful if you could take five minutes in filling one out!
...we think it can!
We all love a good movie. We love the whole routine - a small mountain of popcorn, a fizzy drink so big you wouldn’t ordinarily tackle it in public – and a rip roaring, breath taking, tear jerking, action packed 90 minutes of film.
We’re all so used to hearing about big American movies that it’s easy to forget that the Industry is BIG business in the UK too. According to The Oxford Economics 2012 report – The Economic Impact of the UK Film Industry - UK films were worth about £1.5 trillion in 2011. That’s a lot of popcorn.
The industry was boosted by major UK blockbusters like Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and the King’s Speech.
But what about the cinemas that show those films? Over recent years the cinema business has moved towards large multiplexes. They’re great for some occasions, but they also miss out on the nostalgia and the general feel of the more traditional, but less cost effective local cinemas. The ‘picture house’ has had a sad and slow decline.
But, as a community group we’re aiming to do our small but significant part to reverse this. We want to restore the Byron to its glory. It’s no small task but it’s achievable over time with dedication and support – and with you, the community on board.
We think it’s time that Hucknall reclaimed it’s status of a town with it’s own picture house. And, we know that many of you agree. It was heartwarming to be so well received at the Thursday market last week - and to find out about your favourite films.
If you want to find out more about the Byron Community Project or to be involved then please let us know either by joining our mailing list or contacting us with your details.
A big thank you to everyone who came to speak with us at the Apple Festival
today and filled out our community feedback survey, it was great to meet you all and thank you for your time!
We would like to make a call for anyone that would like to donate prizes for the tombola and raffle we will be holding on Thursday, we have already received many generous donations but if anyone else has anything they would like to donate we would be very grateful of this!
We are also planning to repaint the rendering at the front of the Byron Cinema soon and if anyone has any white or magnolia paint that they would like to donate to the project in order for us to achieve this we would be very grateful! It doesn't matter what amount of paint you have or whether it is gloss or emulsion, we would be very grateful to receive anything!
As another reminder we have a stall at the Hucknall Market from 5 until 7 this Thursday, this is a great opportunity to meet the team and as well as a tombola and raffle we will also be taking orders for Byron Project T-Shirts, Polo Shirts and Sweatshirts. It will also be a great chance ask us any questions and to voice any opinions, ideas or concerns that you have about the current project so it would be great if you could make it down!
Finally we have had a fantastic response so far to the community feedback survey forms that we have in a number of shops and local businesses (a full list of locations is available in the News Update on Saturday the 19th of October) and we would like to thank everyone who has filled one in so far! Not only do these forms allow us to learn more about your opinions, ideas and concerns but these are a fantastic help for our lottery funding application so if you haven't filled one out yet we would be very grateful if you could!
As an additional update today you can listen to the interview between our Project Manager Ria Cash and interviewer Charlie Brown here which gives a fascinating insight into the history of the Byron Cinema and our current efforts to restore and reopen the building as a community entertainment centre!
Please note our earlier news update too as it contains a lot of important information!
Thank you very much to everyone who has decided to participate so far, we really appreciate your help and we look forwards to hearing your opinions!
We would also like to say that we will be at the Hucknall Apple Festival at the John Godber Centre from 10:00 on Sunday the 20th of October, please come in and say hello! You will be able to meet members of the team, ask questions and tell us your comments and opinions! We will also be taking orders for Byron Cinema T-Shirts, Polo Shirts and Sweatshirts! There will also be plenty of home-made produce and a fantastic range of locally-grown apples available to purchase so it would be fantastic if you could come along!
We would also like to make another reminder that we will be at the Hucknall Market on the 24th of October from 5 until 7, you will be able to meet members of the team and we will also be holding a tombola and raffle, with all proceeds going to support the Byron Community Project so it'd be great to see you all there!
We had a fantastic clear-out yesterday and we now have a functional office space and clean toilets, massive thank you to Ian, Marc, Kevin and Nathan who helped us to accomplish this!
You may have also noticed already but thanks to the kind efforts of Anthony and Dan the old 'Cineplex' sign has been completely removed from the front of the Cinema, exposing the old marks for where the original Byron sign once was. This is a huge improvement and an equally huge thanks to Anthony and Dan for doing this for us!
Photographs of all recent improvements to the Byron will be following shortly so watch this space!
As of earlier this afternoon we are also on twitter, please follow '@thebyronproject' for up-to-date information regarding the Byron Cinema.
We are also very happy to say that we have now received over a thousand individual hits on the website! Thank you very much to everyone for your support so far!
well the project has been very busy this last two weeks, we have now become our own group and have registered with company house, we are now the byron community project ltd this is a social enterprise company for a non profit organisation, limited by guarantee.
We have also had our pre application meeting with the heritage lottery fund who were very impressed with our project plans and the amount we have achieved already, so huge thank you to you all.
We have a long way to go with our application but early indications are very promising.
We have had alot of tradesmen in giving advise and quotes which has been very useful and interesting, more on this at a later date.
I would like to take this opportunity to stop the rumour mill and reassure people that our current plans to reopen the cinema and diversify are for the auditorium only.This will not effect the bingo hall and we hope the Byron community project and Byron bingo hall will work together for the foreseeable future.
we have agreed on a company logo and are currently sourcing bags, badges and T shirts . Please let us know if you would be interested in any of these.
If you would like to meet the Byron project members, ask us a question and find out what we are up to and how you can help, then please come and find us on the Hucknall market place on 24th October 5pm to 7pm.
It was lovely to see a great turnout again. This just re-enforces the commitment and passion we have felt from the community so far. Stuart introduced his 'core' team and explained why they were chosen. He expressed his appreciation to everyone that has sponsored seats, what the Byron project hopes to achieve, what project goals are and how important it is that this is to benefit the community of Hucknall.
It was explained that the choosing of board members and an official constitution were being worked on and that the hope would be to publish these very soon.
An Architect is currently in the process of drawing a rough plan for disabled access and we have a 3D graphic designer working on producing a visual seating plan and layout of what the auditorium may look like.
We would like to say a big thank you to Alede Henson, Mike Henson, Paul Knight and his wife, Neil Saunders, Sue Saunders, John Martin, Olivia Henson, Minta Cash (and her friends Becca, Katie, Paddy, Ella, Josh) , Jaycie Cash (and her friend Leroy)and Marc Cash for making the cinema a cleaner, less sticky place to meet.
Apologies for forgetting your wife's name Paul. If someone would like to contact me with the missing name I will be happy to give them the recognition that they deserve.
Many thanks to the volunteers that turned up to help clean the cinema auditorium in preparation for the Byron project general meeting this Friday.
Good progress has been made and the difference is truly amazing.
If you have the time to attend the meeting on Friday (6:30pm) then please do. It will be held in the cinema auditorium, above the Byron Bingo, and it will be a chance for you to help shape the future of the Byron cinema.
I will also like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have not managed to get your seat raffle ticket yet then hurry. The chance to purchase raffle tickets closes at 12:00pm Friday 13th September 2013.
Tonight our total stands at 217 sponsored seats and we have 5 days left to get the remaining 23 seats sponsored.
I would also like to ask that if you are around on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 3:30pm, we are looking for volunteers to help clean up the Byron cinema auditorium in preparation for the general meeting of The Byron Project on Friday 13th September 2013 at 6:30pm.
If you are coming along (then thank you in advance)and if you can possibly bring along any sweeping brushes, dust pans, black bags, rubber gloves and paint scrapers they would help immensely.
We cannot promise but we are working on trying to organise some hot beverage and snacks for volunteers that come along and help. I will be there so I will see you all at the front of the Byron cinema at 3:30pm.
Tonight our total stands at 207 sponsored seats. We have easily met and beat a critical target set by the seller which was a condition of the sale. This target enables an extension of the deadline until 13th September 2013.
Well done and thank you again to everyone involved, we couldn't have gotten this far without every single one of you. Please keep spreading the word.
We have now got a total of 192 seat sponsorships. Amazing effort everyone, thank you.
To anyone that has kindly agreed to sponsor a seat and has not yet had the chance to pay, please try to get to The Sweet Cafe shop on Hucknall high street as soon as possible so that we can count your seat as confirmed.
Please don't forget that if you have not had the chance to purchase a seat raffle ticket (with a chance of winning one of three seat sponsorships) please hurry to Yummie Tummies, The Sweet Cafe, The dressing Room, Headway Charity shop, Lawrence Severn and Son Butchers or Byron Bingo before Thursday 12th September 2013 to get one. Buying a raffle ticket will help The Byron Project to secure 3 seats.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank some of our sponsors (in no particular order);
We had done our best to supply links to as many of our sponsors as possible. If you are not on the list and think you should be or have a link to your business that we have missed then please let us know.
This is a meeting where the sub-group of I Love Hucknall can update you on progress to date, and to share what we will be getting up to over the next few months. It will be a good opportunity for you to have a look around and see the cinema in its current state. Please note that there is no seating in the cinema so you may have to stand, or bring a cushion (or similar) along if you wish to sit down. Also due to the gambling machines currently present in the building please don't bring any children along under the age of 18 years old.
BIG thanks to everyone for all the support and good will!
We have now got 135 confirmed seat sponsorships (well done everyone) and there is 23 possible sponsorships in the pipeline (awaiting confirmation).
To anyone that has agreed to sponsor a seat could you please make sure that payment is made by Wednesday 5th September 2013. This can be done either via PayPal or by cash or cheque at the Sweet Cafe shop on Hucknall high street.
With regard to the planned Raffle, the draw will now be held on Friday 7th September 2013 at Byron Bingo (details of the time the draw will be available soon so keep watching).
We now have a mobile number specifically for The Byron Project seat sponsorship and general enquiries (07989669239). Please feel free to leave a voice message should we not be able to get to the phone in time.
For all those that turned up to buy raffle tickets from us at Tesco Hucknall today, thank you so much for your generosity, support and feedback. The level of community support is inspiring. Raffle tickets are still on sale at Yummie Tummies, Sweet Cafe and The Dressing Room.
Information regarding ticket purchase is also available from the Headway Charity shop and Lawrence Severn and Son Butchers.
Please continue to support us by spreading the word about the raffle and the seat sponsorship. If you would like to help sell raffle tickets over the next few days then please contact me Ria Cash Thank you once again.
There will be a Raffle taking place on the 2nd or 3rd of September 2013(TBC). Purchasing a raffle ticket, which are £2 each, will give you a chance to win a prize which consists of 3 free tickets to the Byron Cinema (can be used from the day the Cinema reopens), 5% off further Byron Cinema admissions for a year and an option to have your name on a seat.
Yes there is small print, sorry...
1. All tickets must have refund contact details.
2. Any refunds, where a person cannot be located using the contacts details supplied, will be donated to the ilovehucknall group.
3. The Raffle draw is subject to a minimum total ticket sales of 38 raffle tickets. (This is to cover the cost of the negotiated purchase price of a block set of 3 seats)
4. Any refunds will be issued by 15th September 2013 (TBC).
5. The Byron Project group reserves the right to amend both the date drawn and the refund date.(The reason for this is that the seat purchase agreement also has some flexibility.)
6. The method and placement of names on seats is yet to be defined.
The Byron Project, as it is now formally called, has it's own group dedicated to the restoration of the Cinema. This core group is responsible for the planning, marketing, finance, business development (including the setting up of a charity) with Stuart Henson-Pocklington heading the group as Senior Project Manager.
The project will be run by the community for the community and the hope is that as many people from Hucknall will give their support. Several quotes has already been sources from local businesses with regard to restoring heating, carpeting, building works and disabled access. Sri, the owner of the building and the proprietor of the Byron Bingo hall, has been fully supportive of the project and is doing all he can to help.
There is a pre-application meeting already arranged with the National Lottery and there is also a move to source some first class leather seats from an Airbus. Local businesses and individuals are being asked to sponsor these seats in order to raise the monies needed to purchase them. Please see the contact page of this website if you wish to help.
I Love Hucknall (ILH) is a community group dedicated to rejuvenating Hucknall to the benefit of the whole community. The idea of reopening the Byron Cinema is not a new one but has, in recent months, gained momentum.
Stuart Henson-Pocklington (IT specialist for ILH) volunteered to head a group of enthusiastic locals to reopen the Cinema. Stuart has a dream, regarding the Cinema 'We do not want to try and compete with the big chain multi-chain Cinemas, instead we want to create a unique venue which has lots to offer to all ages and interest and ultimately create something unique and which large multiplex Cinemas cannot compete with.'
A general meeting, open to all, was advertised and held (6th August 2013) to gauge the opinion of the local community. The attendance of this meeting far outnumbered the expectations with people from all ages taking part.
Rachel Whitemore, a local business person, outlining a business plan detailing a way forward, including possible financials, projections and timescale's. Since this initial meeting momentum has grown and things have moved forward to include the talk of a draft tenancy with the owner, a pre-application meeting with the The National Lottery, an initiative to purchase replacement seating and local media interest.