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Film Night For Air Ambulance Appeal Features The Story of Guildford Cathedral

Published on: 9 Apr, 2013
Updated on: 9 Apr, 2013

To raise much needed funds for the Surrey Air Ambulance, the Inner Wheel Club of Guildford is staging a gala film night at the Electric Theatre on Friday, April 19, featuring a special showing of Circle Eight Film Group’s local interest documentary The Story of Guildford Cathedral.

Guildford Cathedral under construction in the 1950s.

Guildford Cathedral under construction in the 1950s.

Produced with the assistance of the cathedral’s archives, this new documentary tells the history of Guildford’s famous landmark from its earliest beginnings in 1927, right through to the cathedral’s golden jubilee celebrations in 2011, with the use of rarely seen archive film.

Sequences  include the laying of the foundation in 1936, the deserted half-finished building on Stag Hill and its uses during World War Two, the buy-a-brick for 2/6d campaign of 1952, the cathedral pilgrimage of 1955 to mark the start of construction of the nave, the consecration in the presence of the Queen in 1961 and coverage of events during cathedral’s silver jubilee in 1985 and golden jubilee in 2011.

The film, which is narrated by Matthew Alexander, also includes rare interviews with the cathedral’s architect Sir Edward Maufe, who elaborates on the design of the building, which he first drew up in 1932 and Eleanora Iredale, who was in charge of fund raising to complete the building between 1952 and 1962.

The Surrey Air Ambulance, which does not receive any financial support from central government and costs £5 million a year to run, provides an emergency helicopter medical service for people who live, work and travel throughout the county of Surrey. It is manned by a team of highly skilled team of doctors and paramedics, who can reach emergency situations in any part of Surrey within 15 minutes.

Guildford Inner Wheel’s ‘Gala Film Night’ show commences at 7.45pm and £10 tickets can be purchased at the door before the performance.

More details and to buy tickets in advance to secure your seats, call 01483 222534.

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