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The Macrobert Moviehouse in the Balfour Centre will have its final screening on Sunday 14 April.

 

Funding for this project, a partnership between the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling Council and Plean’s Voice,  was secured for a six -month period. A room in the Balfour Centre was transformed into all-purpose 20-seater cinema.

 

The doors first opened in October and among some of the films shown included the blockbusters Barbie, Openheimer and Trolls.

 

Plean’s Voice worked with the Macrobert Arts Centre to try to secure additional funding to keep the cinema running.

 

Bob McWilliam, Plean’s Voice Chair said: “We are disappointed that we were not able to secure funds to continue the running of the cinema. We knew that securing longer term funding as always going to be a challenge and we worked hard and did as much as we could to secure funding which would have extended the life of the cinema.

 

“The Macrobert Moviehouse brought life back to the village with residents being able to walk to a location within their village to see a film in a cinema setting. That is something Plean has never had.

 

“It has been a pleasure to meet and work with Frida and the Macrobert team as they worked through the planning and negotiations with Stirling Council, transforming the Balfour Centre into a real 20 seat cinema. 

 

“We haven’t abandoned the idea of a cinema altogether and we will be working on other priorities to rejuvenate the village.

 

“As we progress towards acquiring control of the Balfour Centre for the community, Plean’s voice will certainly consider the place of a cinema in the future and it will be one of the questions we will be asking in our next community survey.”


Macrobert’s Interim Director, Lucy Mason, said: “We are disappointed in the recent funding decisions in relation to the continuation of Moviehouse Plean in its current format – the implications of which will be far reaching for Plean and within our surrounding communities. 


“Macrobert, with support from Screen Scotland's Recovery for Independent Cinema fund created Moviehouse Plean to serve and connect audiences with a full cinema experience on their doorstep. The creation and popularity of Moviehouse Plean has been a great local success story and a tribute to the hard work of our staff and the community.  


“We hope that, together with Plean’s Voice, we can explore other avenues of funding to allow Moviehouse Plean to flourish in the months and years to come”  


Plean's Voice served up the final family dinner on Monday night (8 April) at the Balfour Centre.


The event, funded through the Scottish Government's Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, saw around 400 people being served a meal by Plean's Voice volunteers over 10 weeks.


The fund, administered for Stirlingshire by the local authority, supports community groups in tackling mental health inequalities and challenges including social isolation, loneliness, poverty and inequality.


Plean's Voice was awarded £1,790 to deliver the family meals.


Nine volunteers served up a hot meal each week and included steak pies, macaroni cheese, burgers and baked potatoes. Maisie’s Munchies supported the project and puddings were donated by local businesses and families.


Catherine Ann Robertson, who lead the project, said: "We saw there was a need to tackle isolation and loneliness with some in the village. The family meal was a way of bringing people together - especially at a time when people didn't see each other due to the long dark nights.


"It was a lot of work and we hope to be able to do it again next winter. We will be looking to build on the success from this year and build on the volunteer base to help spread the work."

Two prominent local charities, Plean’s Voice and Friends of Plean County Park, teamed up to bring a day of Easter fun on Sunday (24 March).


Both groups came together to plan and organise an Easter Scavenger Hunt within Plean Country Park - a first for the groups and the park.







Around 500 people were estimated to have been in the event which also included a tombola stall, raffle prizes, along with food and drink.


Over 200 Easter egg prizes were won.


Trishaw rides were provided by Cycling Without Age Scotland William Simpson’s Stirling Chapter.


Plean’s Voice chairperson Bob McWilliam said: “This was the first time that we have done this kind of event and it was great to team up with Friends of Plean Country Park to show how both organisations are working for the good of the area.


“A lot of work and planning went into the event with StirlingCouncil and Greenspace ranger to ensure there was no litter left behind or damage to the park.


“There was a real buzz in the park and it was great to see so many people in it for the event.


“Early signs show that we have raised around £400 which will go back into the projects we are looking at carrying out within the village.”


Fran Barr, Treasurer of Friends of Plean Country Park, said: "The event was a great opportunity to bring together two local groups who care about Plean and the wonderful asset of Plean Country Park on the doorstep.


"With the loss of the Greenspace Ranger Service due to the recent budget cuts we worry about what this means for all of the greenspaces within Stirling Council and in particular Plean Country Park. To be able to have so many people and families enjoying the outdoors and also raising funds for the community was absolutely brilliant."


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For more information on Friends of Plean Country Park https://pleancountrypark.org.uk

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