Welcome to the Set For More: Community News page. Each month we will publish highlights of the community work that Pinewood Studios have been involved with. Whether it’s charity screenings, school career talks or raffle donations, we continue to enjoy the opportunities to support our local community.
We helped communities celebrate the Coronation of HM King Charles III. Several local Residents Associations came together to help organise The Ivers Coronation Picnic Event that took place on Monday 8 May on the Iver Village Recreation Ground.
We were delighted to be able to fund the main stage and sound system for the event and donated some raffle prizes too. The event was a huge success, and despite the inclement weather, the people that attended had a great time. Well done to all the residents and councillors that helped organise the event.
Pinewood staff took part in the Ivers Community Challenge; part of the Great British Spring Clean. Several local resident associations joined with Pinewood sponsoring the event. We took part in the challenge, with over 30 staff heading into the local area around the studio collecting litter.
It was our pleasure to be able to host 60 young people at the Studios on a Saturday in March. The young people spent the day in TV studio 2, taking part in workshops run by Special Effects experts from ILM – Industrial Light & Magic – part of Disney Studios. The National Saturday club focus on exposing young people to the arts and this was the first time they had ever held an event within a working studio. The young people were lucky enough to visit a set and tour around our iconic studios.
A local Beaver Group based in Iver Heath enjoyed a screening in the JBT in March. The children from the Beaver Group voted overwhelmingly to watch ‘Monsters Inc’. We provided them with drinks and popcorn and front row seats!
We recently hosted a meeting with careers leaders from Buckinghamshire Schools and Colleges at the studio. We are working hard to ensure that young people gain the right insights and information around careers in the industry.
In March the Bucks Skills Hub held their annual careers event – the Bucks Skills Show. We were delighted to be able to attend and speak to thousands of young people about careers available in the creative industries.
We recently hosted staff from Buckinghamshire council who wanted to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. We helped to celebrate by putting on a screening in our John Barry Theatre – ‘Pricilla Queen of the Desert’. We even changed our entrance lighting in support.
We were delighted to be able to support the Iver Heath Residents Association with the installation of two new notice boards locally. The boards look fantastic and will hopefully support the local community with key messages for many years to come
We were delighted to be able to support the Chairman of Buckinghamshire, Dev Dhillon, with a charity screening of ‘Grease’. The event took place at Pinewood in the iconic John Barry Theatre. The total amount raised was £3300 and will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support with the money being able to fund a Macmillan nurse for 100 nursing hours.
After two years of restrictions, it was fantastic to be able to host Pinewood’s Christmas Carol Service this year. We enjoyed carols from Iver Heath Junior School and also their wonderful bell-ringers, along with a full brass band to accompany the singers. We would like to thanks everyone that attended, including the band, Iver Heath Junior School choir and staff and Fr Andrew. The children also enjoyed receiving presents from a visiting Father Christmas!
This year Pinewood Studios organised the Futures Festival, part of our Set For More Futures. We opened our doors to 4000 young people from Buckinghamshire and across the UK to attend the largest free film and screen careers day. The event was a huge success and we hope we have encouraged young people to consider the huge variety of careers available in this thriving industry. We look forward to holding this again in 2023!
It was a pleasure to host the Remembrance Service at Pinewood this year, held in the Ballroom within Heatherden Hall. It was an honour to host members of the AFPU and current serving members of the armed forces. Fr Andrew conducted the service, with a full Ballroom and a two minute silence observed across the Studio. Thank you to all those that attended.
It was a pleasure to sponsor and organise the outdoor lighting for this year’s Fulmer Family Fireworks Night. The evening was a huge success and included a live band, great food and of course a fantastic fireworks display! We are looking forward to supporting this fantastic family event again next year.
We were extremely pleased to be able to support Iver Heath Community Library by donating two fantastic outdoor seats. The seats were placed and secured to the ground to allow visitors using the library to sit and wait for buses etc.
Pinewood Studios has been creating a network of permissive footpaths in fields and woodland to the east of the existing Studio, giving the local community more access to green space. Pinewood Studios has now expanded the network of permissive paths, following a route from Pinewood Road, via ‘The Clump’ and along Seven Hills Road, providing onward connections to Black Park.
The pathway was opened on Friday 29 July by Pinewood’s Alex Chitty, Development Manager and Property Coordinator Jason Silva alongside Iver Parish Councillors; Cllr Peter Stanhope, Cllr Vishal Gupta and Cllr Michael Sullivan and Buckinghamshire councillors; Cllr Luisa Sullivan and Cllr Paul Griffin.
It’s a pleasure to be able to support Delaford Colts FC with their fund-raising raffle. Established in 1980, Delaford Colts FC are a local football team to Pinewood Studios and part of the Berks and Bucks Football Association. We hope our support helps to raise funds for their raffle in September.
This week we officially went live with our Futures Festival website. The Futures Festival is a careers fair being held at Pine wood Studios on 18 and 19 November. We are looking to welcome around 4000 young people from across the UK to the Studios over the two days, giving them an insight into the incredible careers available in our industry. Students from across Buckinghamshire will attending; we hope the event will be huge success in inspiring young people to enter this incredible industry. You can find out more about this event here.
We had planned on holding two community outdoor screenings at Pinewood Studios alongside a charity screening for ‘Miles for Smiles’. Unfortunately, due to poor weather and the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we cancelled the screenings. We will absolutely look to put these on again for the community, and will look at dates early in the new year.
It was a pleasure to be able to support the Jordans and District Rotary Club with their Charity Screening in our John Barry Theatre. All money raised went to supporting local foodbanks supported by the Rotary club.
We were able to support the local jubilee celebration events that took place over the Jubilee weekend. Sponsoring the lighting, sound systems and the staging meant that the jubilee events taking place were hugely successful. We were also delighted to be able to fund a shuttle bus service for the evening, enabling local residents to relax and enjoy the events taking place.
Pinewood staff mobilised and set off into the local community to take part in a litter pick for World Earth Day. Nearly 30 staff took part with each person filling at least a bag each of rubbish from in and around Pinewood Green – We hope it helped!
It was fantastic to be able to liaise with our contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine along with the Black Park Rangers to arrange a volunteer day at Black Park.
Further to previous Nature Conservation work carried out at Black Park Nature Reserve. The work involved clearing Birch Trees and Invasive Rhododendron, which will help to promote the growth of Heather in the Heathland. The Heather is important habitat for Ground Nesting Birds and Reptiles.
We are pleased that new signage is now in place in and around Pinewood Green. The purpose of this new signage is to help deter Heavy Goods Vehicles from taking a route through Pinewood Green.
As part of our commitment to our local communities, Pinewood Group offers scholarships at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). These scholarships are offered to those living in the local area to Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire (within a five-mile radius).
The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. When you are offered a place on an MA course at the NFTS, and if you are eligible, you will be invited to apply for the scholarships.
It was great to be able to support Iver Heath Infant School by providing transport for their school trip.
We continue to fund and provide a free shuttle bus service for residents living within a two-mile radius of Pinewood Studios.
We visited Chiltern Hills Academy to deliver a careers talk to an entire year group. The aim was to give the students an insight into the careers available to them in the Screen Industries. They enjoyed having their photos with the Oscar and BAFTA that we took along!
Pinewood found themselves in possession of a dozen cut Christmas trees in July. Without wanting to waste them, we contacted Iver Environment Centre and they will now be using these trees for den building with children. A great way to repurpose the material.
We have been working hard to ensure the new permissive path is ready for use and we are pleased that the path is now almost complete. Many of the community have already started using the path and we hope that it is now a much easier and pleasant experience for everyone.