Cine Window brings Precious Memories to Winsford Cross Shopping Centre

22 June 2022

A nostalgic look back over forty years into the lives of teenagers growing up in Winsford is now on display at Cine Window in the town centre.

Cine Window Winsford is running a short film which delves into the fascinating and successful life of New Images Youth and Community Centre, a second home for many of Winsford’s teenagers stretching back over the last four decades. 

‘Precious Memories, New Images Youth and Community Centre’ has been made by Canteen Creative Productions which has used archive photographs, illustration, and memories to highlight the history of youth work that has taken place in Winsford since the 1970s.

Using the Youth and Community Forum Heritage Project photographs collected from the 70s, 80s and 90s, filmmaker Sam Ryley has created a collage of memories alongside collected stories. The film includes an interview with Bob Barton, trustee since 1985, full time youth worker at New Images from 1977 – 2003 and area worker for Cheshire County Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council until his retirement in 2012.

Cath Campbell, creative programmer for the Cine Window, said: 

“This film has evolved over a few years, from a request to show the New Images Heritage Project Photographs in our window, to this fantastic film that captures the scope of youth work carried out in the town over the last decades, alongside the commitment of the Winsford Youth and Community Forum to continue this important work.”

Debbie Cragg, Executive Director New Images Community Centre, said: 

“This is a fantastic collection of meaningful memories provided by the Community Forum. We have weekly if not daily visits from local people who have attended the many venues and especially remember Bob and Cath, it’s an absolute credit to the town and long may it continue.’’

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:

“This film is one of many interesting displays being shown to visitors to Winsford town centre over the last year at Cine Window. 

“It captures the atmosphere and nostalgia of New Images, which offered a valuable place for young people to meet over many decades. We urge everyone walking past Cine Window to spend a few minutes watching this film at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre, you may well spot yourself in one of the archive photographs.”

The film will be on display at the Cine Window until mid July 2022, and it is also available to view at: Precious Memories, New Images Youth Centre - YouTube.

This new programme at the Cine-Window Winsford has been made possible with support from the Reopening and Recovery programme funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Cine Window Winsford is a community space in Dingle Lane, Winsford Cross Shopping Centre for showcasing, nurturing and inspiring film making in Winsford. If you would like to exhibit your work there in the future, or discuss a project, contact: cinewindowwinsford@gmail.com for more information.

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