Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Producers gift village £10,000

COMMUNITY groups in Ewelme have been given a share of £10,000 by Hollywood producers.

COMMUNITY groups in Ewelme have been given a share of £10,000 by Hollywood producers.

The money was distributed after the village church was used to film scenes for Les Misérables, which was released in cinemas last week.

St Mary the Virgin received more than £6,000, which will go towards the cost of a new heating system.

The church also hopes to install an oak servery for refreshments. Churchwarden Chips Gell said: “At the moment we use trestle tables every now and then and we have to carry water up from the alms houses, which is quite labour intensive. A servery should enable us to use the church for many more types of things.”

Ewelme Parish Council received £1,500 for the use of its recreation ground, which became a car park for the film crew.

Council chairman Peter Lemaire said the money had not been earmarked for anything specific, adding: “We want to keep the precept as low as possible and any extra money is very useful.”

Ewelme Primary School was given £500 as some of the scenes were shot from school property.

School bursar Sandra Denton said she didn’t know what the money would be used for. She added: “I saw the film on Saturday and thought it was very good.”

Council chairman Peter Lemaire said the money had not been earmarked for anything specific, adding: “We want to keep the precept as low as possible and any extra money is very useful.”

Ewelme Primary School was given £500 as some of the scenes were shot from school property.

School bursar Sandra Denton said she didn’t know what the money would be used for. She added: “I saw the film on Saturday and thought it was very good.”

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