News Release: The Carthouse Community Cinema

Showing of the BIG KNIGHTS 31st March 2016

Big Knights Film Audience

25 children aged 3-14 arrived at The Carthouse Community Cinema in Oxen Park with masks of THE BIG KNIGHTS Sir Boris and Sir Morris. Directored by Neville Ashley & Mark Baker. The Big Knights revolves around the exploits of brothers Sir Boris (the finest swordsman in the world), Sir Morris (the most enthusiastic) and their noble pets, Sir Horace the Dog and Sir Doris the Hamster. A packed cinema entranced its young audience with 5 brilliant animated stories. In the interval they made a thaumatrope each (a Victorian optical toy) and went away with pictures to colour in. Some of the children from Leven Valley Primary School had been involved with an animation project sponsored by ‘Into Film’ and run by staff from Signal Film and Media in Barrow in Furness. The 20 children in class 3 (years 5 & 6) made an animation titled “The Roman Empire Strikes Back”.


10 April 2015

Digital boost for Cumbria’s smallest cinema

A community cinema in the heart of the Lake District is celebrating a recent Big Lottery Fund grant that’s helped them upgrade to the latest digital screening technology.

The Carthouse Community Cinema in Oxen Park village has installed new surround sound, a digital switching cabinet and improved editing tools to support their community film-making work.Carol Carthouse Lottery Fund

The £7,730 grant complements recent grants from the Sir John Fisher Foundation for a new screen, as well as a British Film Institute (BFI) Neighbourhood Cinema award for a ceiling-mounted projector. This not only gives the cinema room to welcome more people to each screening at The Carthouse, it also means that the existing mobile equipment can be used by their volunteers for screenings in communities and village halls throughout South Lakeland.

Carol McNeill, secretary and founder member of the cinema said:

“The set-up we have now is awesome. It’s improved the sound and picture quality and helped us create a much more professional presentation. It’s given us room for some extra seats too, as all the equipment is now tidily wired in. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, the BFI and Sir John Fisher Foundation and all our supporters through the years for helping us get to here.

“Our first screening with the new equipment will be Pride, a really heart-warming and cheerful story of how the Welsh mining community were helped through the miner’s strike by some fairly unusual visitors to the valleys. It’s a great film to start this new era with.”

The Oxen Park Cinema Club has been showing films in communities since 2002. In November 2013, it finally opened its own, purpose-built 40-seat cinema, The Carthouse, in the village of Oxen Park.


Films are shown twice a month from September to April and, since opening The Carthouse audiences have grown, leading to many showings being booked up in advance.

The Carthouse editing room provides opportunities for community members to learn and practice the art of film making. The Carthouse is also available for hire by individuals or groups seeking their own special film experience.


The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Lottery Funded

Since June 2004 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded over £6.5billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.



Rusland Valley Horticultural Show film making classes 2015

For several years now our film making workshops have linked with encouraging people to enter the show film making classes.

Our largest entry is always from the 12 and under group and this year was no exception.

The title this year was ‘A Short Story About … and we had a great variety of short stories from open water swimming to panda and bear to Lego animation. Brilliant! The films will be shown linked to some of the main films at Leven Valley and at The Carthouse. 



Rusland Show Film Making Results 2015


Under 12
  • 1st Raffy Wyatt & Daniel Hansan (11) – PANDA & BEAR STORY
  • 2nd Holly Nicol (10) - MY OPEN WATER BLOG
  • 3rd Katie Platt & Polly Jackson (10/9)-THE TREASURE ADVENTURE
  • Highly commended - Izzie Shires (9) - A FAMILY DOG WALK

Congratulations also to the other film makers:

Tomasz (10) - The Hunt for the Diamond

Hannah Elsa & Martha (7) – The Invading Dragon


Under 16
  • 1st Max Weaver (13) An Adventure in the Woods