Launch of the Cam & Dursley Community Cinema a great success!

Queuing up the road, a full house, amazing costumes, not to mention the wonderful singing  –  the launch of Cam & Dursley’s Community Cinema this December was a great success.

The cinema was launched with the showing of Disney’s Frozen on Saturday morning 13 December and organisers were absolutely delighted by the show of support from the local community with every seat being sold.    Many of the children came dressed up in costumes and got to enjoy some live entertainment too before the screening with singing and dancing lead by ‘Christmas Angels’ Helen Gee and Anita Bassington.

The cinema is based in Lister Hall at the Chantry Centre in Long Street, Dursley, where a top of the range HD projector has recently been installed . Spokesman Adrian Judge said:

“We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the community for coming out in force to support this new venture, together with our tremendous team of volunteers who have made this all happen.

The Chantry Centre has the potential to be an excellent community cinema providing films for all ages especially for those who find it difficult to travel.  We really want to see this project develop and thrive in the new year, creating a fabulous resource at the Chantry Centre for the whole community to benefit from.”

Organisers stress now that the future of the Community Cinema very much rests in the Community’s hands.  They would love to receive feedback from people who attended the opening screenings or who would be interested in attending in the future.  They would  also welcome new volunteers to join their team and help build on the potential of the opening day and take the Community Cinema forward.

For more information on getting involved in the running of the Community Cinema, please visit or contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644 or email: .


Inspiring the community to ‘Get Active Together’ in 2015

World Jungle, is delighted to have received support from Gloucestershire County Council to establish a ‘Full of Life’ Community Hub at the Chantry Centre  in Dursley in the new year, focused around promoting health and wellbeing for older people in the local area.

The project has developed out from a very successful ‘Full of Life’ Community Fair event held earlier in the year which was attended by over 200 people.  Weekly sessions will take place at the Chantry Centre on Thursday mornings from 10am-12noon, delivering a mixed programme of activities aimed at older people promoting health,  wellbeing, and getting active together.  Ben Ward from World Jungle explains:

The actual programme will be led by what people tell us they want.  We have a list of initial suggestions including fitness classes, green gym, gardening, dance, arts & crafts and tea dances.  However, one of the main purposes of the project is to establish a group which belongs to and is led by the people who use it.


We want to help bring a change of culture from providing services for older and vulnerable groups to building their capacity to develop and influence services for themselves.   We hope that this group will become a strong and active voice in our community, helping to combat issues of loneliness and isolation, and helping people to feel healthier and more independent.”

The funding was made available under the ‘Active Together’ stream, with the aim of providing a coordinated and preventative approach to improving the health and wellbeing of older people in the community, as well as developing  a model of working which puts older people at the heart of creating their own solutions to their health needs.  Councillor Stephen Lydon, who backed the scheme said:

“I am really pleased to be able to support the planned health activities that World Jungle will be undertaking. It’s great to see more planned use being made of the Chantry Centre making it a true community hub for young and old. I look forward to the continued success of the centre.”

We are very keen to hear from people who would like to get involved with helping to shape the group and are holding an open coffee morning at The Chantry Centre on Thursday 8 January at 10am.

The Full of Life Community Hub will then be launched on Thursday 29 January, with a morning of activities including Tai Chi and dance tasters, health & beauty treatments together with the opportunity to have a cup of tea and a chat with friends in a relaxed and friendly environment.

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email    or visit  .