After they’d completed the Transition Streets scheme, the Morpheus group went on to even greater things. They set up a new community cinema in Follaton, Totnes, run by the community for themselves: reducing transport and bringing people together.
As Morpheus group member Martin says: ‘When that first Transition Streets leaflet came through the door we knew our neighbours and no-one else on the estate. Now it’s impossible to leave the house without seeing someone we know.
The idea of starting a local cinema was came up following a potluck meal says Ben: ‘It was following a community meal here for local Transition Streets groups that we first sat down with 10 or 12 people and talked about the possibilities of running a community cinema: 10 people then stayed to become community cinema members.’
They started using rented screening equipment, cooking homemake cakes and selling raffle tickets, Martin says: ‘But now we’ve got a Lottery grant we’ll be buying our own equipment to do children’s shows and matinees for the elderly and people who can’t get out in the evenings. It’s working: it’s bringing people out. People are coming here who’ve never been in the community centre, people who are new to the estate they come along and make new friends. It’s providing that catalyst.’