Byron banks on votes for cash funds

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Campaigners fighting to reopen Hucknall’s Byron Cinema need people to vote for them to win a prize of £3,000.

The Byron Community Project has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014.

By encouraging the public to vote, the Byron Community Project has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing its work.

Set up a year ago, the project aims to renovate the 1936 Art Deco Byron Cinema building at the gateway to Hucknall High Street.

Ria Cash, chair of the project team, says: “It’s no simple task, there’s a huge amount of work to be done, and everyone involved in the project knows we’re in for the long haul.

“There’s a generation of children who have never known the Byron as a cinema.

“The 400-seat auditorium upstairs closed about 10 years ago, leaving the bingo downstairs.

“The bingo will continue but we want to open up the cinema again.

“But we want to do much, much more.

“Most importantly, in 2014, the entire building has to be fully accessible, say, to people in wheelchairs.

“The project will cost a lot of money, and we are in ongoing talks with the Heritage Lottery Fund, among others.

“But we need money now to make our bid credible: we have appointed an architect, and he has recommended a full structural survey of the building.

“We can’t expect professionals to work for free, and we do need this work done to full professional standard; people’s lives depend on it.

“So, £3,000 from Lloyds will move us forward by a huge step.”

People can vote by texting VOTE BDG to 61119, tweeting #CommFund BDG or by going online to https://lly-cf. com/BDG. People can also visit Lloyds Bank in Hucknall and ask for a voting token.

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to up to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.

Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.