A CINEMA in Yeovil is set to received £38,926 thanks to the second round of the £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Westlands is one of the most recent arts venues to receive the funding, following the Film Centre in Bridgwater, Ritz in Burnham-on-Sea, Wellesley Cinema in Wellington, Wells Film Centre in Wells and Westway Cinema in Frome who all received grants in December.

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Adam Burgan, arts and entertainment venue manager at Westlands, said the funding will help to "protect the venue".

“Westlands is and will always be a community venue offering you the very best entertainment, from film to festivals," he said.

"The period since March has been very worrying and difficult and while we have always tried to do whatever we can to continue being there for our communities this funding helps to protect the venues and people who work so hard to bring joy, entertainment and hope.

"The Culture Recovery Fund support will help to ensure we can continue to be there for our audience, now and in the future.”

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The latest grants are awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute (BFI) on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

In this round, 33 cinemas across England will benefit from the £5million awarded by the BFI.

Marcus Fysh MP for Yeovil, said he was "delighted" with the funding.

“This local cinema is a hub for the community, and it will play a vital role in not only our local economy but in people’s lives as we come out of the pandemic," he said.

"This funding is helping to protect the venues that people can’t wait to get back to, when it is safe to do so, whilst safeguarding the livelihoods of the people that work in them.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said the funding helps to "save" these places people "can't wait" to get back to.

“All over the country, this funding is protecting the venues that have shaped our history and make us proud of our communities, whilst safeguarding the livelihoods of the people that work in them,” he added.

The BFI, along with National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Arts Council England, are currently assessing applications for the remaining £400 million in funding from the Culture Recovery Fund, which was held back to allow the Government to support organisations through the spring and summer.