You may have heard of The Byron Community Project, but who are we and what do we do?
We are a group of dedicated volunteers working to restore and reopen the Byron Cinema, having set up a not-for-profit company run for the community and by the community. Our goal is to reconnect the people of Hucknall with their artistic heritage by renovating the Byron Cinema building and creating a new entertainment center for the whole community to enjoy. What we aim to do is big, but we have dedication and enthusiasm to match.
We hope not only to bring cinema back to Hucknall, with both a digital and a traditional film projector, but also upgrade the existing facilities to include a stage for theatrical productions, live music performances, conferences and events hire. We also hope to have classroom facilities for music recording and editing and to use the screen for video game tournaments. The Bingo will also continue, because that is an important part of Hucknall’s heritage too.
Our plans include full disabled access and amenities, so the entire community can enjoy the facilities at the Byron Cinema.
What are we doing now? The main priority is our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the deadline for this is May 23rd. In the meantime we are gathering quotes and consulting with professionals to ensure our plans can be made a reality.
We would also like to know what you want to see at the Byron Cinema, so please help us by filling in our quick, 5-minute survey, which is crucial to our funding application. Please visit our website at thebyronproject.co.uk and click on the survey button.
Meanwhile we are holding events in the Byron Cinema itself, including craft fairs, which are proving to be a great success! Our next Craft Fair is on April 5th, and we are holding a Saturday Market on March 22nd.
Our next Public Meeting, where members of The Byron Community Project give a progress update and answer questions, is on March 29th at the Byron Cinema, everyone is welcome to attend, come and see the cinema!
We would like to thank everyone for their support so far, including Ashfield District Council, who has recently supported the project financially.
All of us at the project will continue working our very hardest to ensure the Byron Cinema will once again be a source of pride for Hucknall.