Open-air cinema supports Lympstone youngsters
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 September 2017
Open-air cinema came to Lympstone at an event which saw nearly 500 people enjoy a movie under the stars, with money being raised for local youth causes.
The event was organised by Lympstone Pre-school, which obtained a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to cover the cost.
The big screen showing of Grease, by Skylight Cinemas, on Candy’s Field, marked the climax of an evening of family entertainment.
After things kicked off with earlier, indoor screening of children’s film Trolls in the village hall by the Lympstone Film Society, which more than 100 youngsters attended, entertainment included a disco with MadDog Discos, balloon modelling and circus activities with Professor Bumble, and a bouncy castle and face painting with Party Wiz.
There was a hog roast provided by Kings Garden & Leisure, drinks provided by The Signet Inn, the mobile bar of The Swan in the village, a gladiator duel activity courtesy of Lympstone Youth Club, popcorn and candyfloss with Pop Goes the Weasel, and ice creams from Divine Ices.
A raffle was also held, with prizes donated by Lympstone Manor, Exeter Chiefs’ Tom Johnson, World of Country Life, and Olympia Casting Studio, in Exmouth.
Vicki Drinkwater, of Lympstone Pre-school, said the event had been a success, and thanked those who helped make it so.
She said: “We had an amazing day which was an opportunity to bring together all ages of the community to celebrate the young people of the village.
“Because of the generosity of the Big Lottery grant, we were able to provide it free of charge for all who attended.
“Profits from the raffle, food and refreshment sales went towards the Lympstone Pre-school general fundraising campaign, with a donation being made to Lympstone Youth Club for their refurbishment project.
“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in volunteering their time and resources to make this event such a success.
“Our small team of volunteers from Lympstone Pre-school and Lympstone Parish Council worked their socks off, and the Royal Marines at the Commando Training Centre were particularly helpful in providing manpower in setting up the field.”