When a Knowle West film club’s projector broke – one of the group was so determined to keep the society going – he bought a new one out of his own pocket.
Now members of Silver Screen – which meets at the Novers Club – along with the wider Bristol community, have rallied round to help pay pensioner Bill Davis back.
A raffle was held this week at nearby Knowle West Media Centre which raised £215, with many gifts donated by DST Output (Bristol) in Bradley Stoke as well as Media Centre staff and the local community.
Karron Chaplin runs the group which has been going for ten years and is aimed at the over 50s.
She says:: “When the projector in the Novers Club broke they had no money to buy another. Our member Bill didn’t want to lose the film club and went and bought a projector off his own back which cost nearly £700.
“The Media Centre also gave us a DVD player and members of Silver Screen have been donating what they can. So far we’ve raised over £250 which is brilliant and I really appreciate what the Media Centre has done helping organise the raffle and members for donating money too.
“We are also going to have a raffle at the club each month and we are going to give him the money in January..”
Bill (76) says: “As soon as the projector went I thought the club might wrap up – I don’t want it to finish, it’s a lovely group, it’s brilliant. We have all sorts of films, comedy and serious ones. It would be nice to get more people to join too.”
Anyone who would like to contribute towards the projector or donate raffle prizes can leave their donations at Knowle West Media Centre in Leinster Avenue.
Silver Screen meets monthly on a Tuesday afternoon at 1pm at Novers Community Centre and the next meeting is on January 19. For more information or to join contact Karron on 0117 907 7038/07760 849 371.