Saturday, 20 July 2019

Businesses hope to benefit from visiting film crews

Businesses hope to benefit from visiting film crews

A FEATURE film is being shot in Ewelme.

Ambrose Quarry is being used by film crews for 13 weeks.

Field guns have been spotted in the quarry, off Old London Road, and scaffolding has been erected at the south-east end.

Gary Flux, who runs the Shepherd’s Hut pub in the village, said: “We’ve had a few of the security teams coming in but we haven’t had any of the actors. They normally come in incognito with a hat, glasses and a beard!

“It’s not the first time we have had this sort of stuff around here.

“Anything like that is only to the benefit of the local community and being the only pub in the village it’s pretty beneficial to us.”

Rachel Wallis, who runs the Chilterns View lodges in Ewelme, said she been approached by the crews on Wednesday about potentially staying there. She said: “It’s helpful, especially weekdays when it’s quiet. I’m hoping they take the accommodation.”

In February, South Oxfordshire granted planning permission to construct temporary sets and storage buildings at the quarry, which is owned by Grundon.

There are also facilities for support services and parking for 200 cars and 15 light goods vehicles. The number of people working on site at any one time will vary from 30 to 250. The area will be used until mid-May but the council said most activity would be during the rehearsal and filming phase, which will take place over three days towards the middle of this month.

In 2013, Shirburn was used to film scenes in Second World War film Fury, starring Brad Pitt, and South Oxfordshire is a popular location for the Midsomer Murders TV series.

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