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Mums & tots film season gets go ahead in Thirsk

[Saturday 22 July 2006]

MUMS will be able to take their tots and toddlers to watch children's films at a Yorkshire Dales arts venue from this Autumn.

Set to be screened at The Old Courthouse venue in Thirsk the film programme is the idea of Rural Arts and the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) who have been awarded £6 000 of funding for the project from the Local Network Fund.

The films will give children a chance to share an experience with others, which will be funny, exciting and above all something to talk about

Rebecca Frank - National Childbirth Trust

Jane Redfern, marketing manager for Rural Arts who is also the mum to 3 year old Toby says:

"Rural Arts screened Finding Nemo last year as part of our open week and we had a full audience, we've been trying to get funding to support this programme ever since and are delighted that the NCT has been such a great partner.

"I've found it difficult going to a 'normal cinema' with Toby as he always wants to get up and wander around. The Old Courthouse has flexible seating and we would like children who attend to bring a cushion so they can all sit together.

"As we have full disabled access it's very accessible for pushchairs, and we also have a disabled toilet with nappy change facilities available."

Rebecca Frank, NCT Thirsk co-ordinator added: "The films will give children a chance to share an experience with others, which will be funny, exciting and above all something to talk about.

"They will be shown in a bright room with a relaxed informal atmosphere which will reassure the most timid of children."

The film programme is open to all, and films will be screened on the 3rd Friday of every month in The Old Courthouse. There will be a small entry fee of £1 for children over two years old, whilst for parents and carers, entry is free.

The films will be screened to finish in time to allow mums to collect older children from school.

Programmes are currently being prepared so if you would like details sending, contact Jane at Rural Arts on 01845 526536, or email jane@ruralarts.org

Further information and a full listing of events held at the venue is available on the Rural Arts website at www.ruralarts.org

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