Cheshire Freemasons have recently supported 'Theatre in the Quarter' with some of the costs in producing a poignant community film especially for Christmas 2020 during the Covid 19 pandemic
A donation was also provided by the members of Deva Lodge No. 3447. Other notable sponsors of the film included Cheshire West & Chester Council, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, The Uniting Church in Garden Lane, and the Friends of Theatre in the Quarter.
The pandemic has affected us all in so many different ways with families not able to see each other; friends not able to share happy times; and people struggling to make ends meet as businesses fail. The inspiration for the film was drawn from a broad range of people who shared their stories and feelings as to how the pandemic had affected their lives. With so many people facing a comparatively bleak end of the year. It offers a sense of hope, discovering ways in which Christmas may still possibly serve as a time of joy. It was only right that Freemasonry would wish to be associated with those sentiments.
The film is set in Cambrian Road in Chester, the street which became famous for its short community film created by the residents to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. This new film for Christmas, highlights the positive force of community and has drawn on the wider community of Chester involving people from a range of diverse backgrounds including those with additional needs, the LGBT community, and people of all generations. It features an entirely community cast of actors and singers led by a small professional team of creatives.
The film is available at https://vimeo.com/493035504 and we really recommend you spending some time watching it.