Local Resident Made Life-Member

Following more than a decade of unwavering support for the cinema, Saffron Walden resident Neville Harding has been made a Friend of Saffron Screen for life.

Neville Harding, who visited the cinema 74 times last year (that’s more than once a week!), has been a supporter of the not-for-profit cinema since its inception in 2006 and on average visits 60 times per year. As a true cinema-lover, he has eclectic tastes and sees everything from thrillers and family films to art house films and comedies and he’s always sure to give the cinema staff valuable feedback after every film. He even sends a donation and card to the cinema every year on its birthday!

Saffron Screen’s Business Manager, Andrew Jenkins said:

“Neville has been such a wonderful customer over the years. We are so grateful for his patronage, feedback and his annual donations and wanted to thank him in a special way by making him a life long member of the Saffron Screen family”.

Neville, who is now on first name terms with most of the box office staff, has seen the cinema grow from a volunteer-led project to an award-winning cinema with digital projection showing over 250 different films and live events every year to an annual audience of over 40,000 people.

Neville Harding said: “I enjoy the cinema. Saffron Screen has a varied and attractive programme of film and Arts on Screen, also the staff and volunteers are always so friendly and helpful. I feel so lucky (to have received this life membership). Saffron Screen has really enhanced my life”.

Saffron Screen, which celebrates its 13th birthday this week, relies on the support of volunteers and profits from refreshment sales, membership, advertising, sponsorship and grants to subsidise its low ticket prices and outreach projects.

Friends of Saffron Screen is way for locals to support their community cinema and also gain a number of benefits, including priority booking for all Arts on Screen events, two free tickets every year, a free hot drink at every screening and discounts at local shops and businesses.