A cinema has opened in a rural pub in Cambridgeshire to assist the local community with support and funding provided by Pub is the Hub.

The facility at the Hare and Hounds pub in Harlton is located in the one-bar pub and includes a pull-down screen and projector.

It will be used for regular film screenings on weekday afternoons with the aim of saving residents the 14 mile round trip to the nearest cinema in Cambridge.

The screen can also be used for meetings in the pub as well as educational talks and showing events of national importance, such as royal weddings.

 

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The purchase of the equipment was thanks to the licensees, Andy Thompsett and Richard Giles taking advice and then receiving a £2,000 grant from Pub is the Hub's communities services fund.

Andy and Richard took over the Hare and Hounds in November 2017 after the pub had been closed for more than 12 months, and before the community had raised the cash to purchase the property.

They both wanted to establish a good food and drink trade but also realise the full potential of the pub as a valuable community asset and to provide additional services to locals.

 

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Andy said: "We are so grateful to Pub is The Hub for the advice and support they have shown in backing our community cinema.

"The intention is to show classic films that will appeal to all sections of the community, thereby, encouraging people to go out more regularly, meet new friends and widen their social network helping to combat social interaction and loneliness.

"We will draw up a schedule of films from September when the weather is not so warm."

Terry Stork, advisor for Pub is The Hub, added: "The small rural village of Harlton has little in the way of community facilities; the cinema will provide a much-needed meeting point for groups who would not usually visit the pub including older residents and children."