Macclesfield: Pott Shrigley film fans help out in Peru

By Alex Greensmith

19th Sep 2023 | Local News

Pott Shrigley's community cinema, 'Flix in the Stix', has recently made its second donation in five years to Project Peru. 

And the charitable deed has attracted the attention of Macclesfield MP, David Rutley.

The 62-year-old met with committee Chairman, Peter Boulton and Treasurer and Ticket Secretary, Anthea Wilkinson to discuss their donation from generous Pott Shrigley residents. 

In 2018, Flix in the Stix linked the screening of Paddington 2 with a raffle, in which the winning prize was two uncirculated 50p coins portraying Paddington Bear both at Paddington Station and Buckingham Palace.

From Shrigley to South America: Macclesfield volunteers have helped out Peru for the second time. This has seen them be praised by Macclesfield MP David Rutley.

The committee was able to match fund the proceeds and donated £136 to Project Peru, in the home of much-loved Paddington Bear.

Following this success, in 2022 the committee was able to obtain a limited addition UK Jubilee Weekend 50p Celebration set.

This included two uncirculated 50p coins, one commemorating the Platinum Jubilee and the other of Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace.

Another raffle was held, with the funds once more match funded, with £200 donated to Project Peru.

As the Conservative minister serves as Under-Secretary of State for Americas and Caribbean since October 2022, he has a professional interest in Peru. (Image - Peruvian Flag)

Project Peru is a registered, voluntary based charity in the UK, which raises funds to support their children's refuge in Lima, Peru. The refuge provides food, shelter, education, health care and activities to children in the refuge and wider community.

Flix in the Stix meet on the first Wednesday of every month, with the film chosen by audience vote. Tickets are £4 per person with advance booking or £5 on the day.

Upcoming films to be screened at the community cinema include A Man Called Otto on November 1 and Empire of Light on December 6. The next film up is UK flick The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, starring Jim Broadbent.

Further information and contact details can be found using the following link

David Rutley MP pictured following the 2019 election. (Image - CC 3.0 Chris McAndrew Flipped

Speaking after the meeting, David said "Flix in the Stix is a much-valued community initiative, which showcases a variety of different films each month."

"The work they have done to raise funds for Project Peru, by linking this to the showing of the Paddington Bear movies is creative and I know, as the Minister for the Americas, this will be greatly appreciated by the charity."

And with a third Paddington movie coming, which is set in Peru, there is little doubt that the Pott Shrigley good cause will do their bit again after Padding in Peru comes out. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer for Paddington 2 at the start of this article.

In the past year David Rutley MP has tweeted, and answered questions in Westminster about Peru. The Conservative parliamentarian has served as Under-Secretary of State for Americas and Caribbean for the past 11 months.

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