Hilgay residents don’t need to travel far to enjoy a night at the flicks with the launch of a new film club tonight.

The village hall committee has organised a free screening of Behind the Candelabra to launch the club, made possible by a £50,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund in December, 2012.

The last few months have seen the hall, in the High Street, extensively refurbished and it now boasts cinema equipment including a projector and speakers.

With the building work finished, the committee is to hold a film night at the hall every six weeks as part of Creative Arts East’s Village Screen schem..

“We think it will be very popular with people,” said secretary Val Barrington.

“Quite a lot of villages do it around here now.”

Tonight’s screening is free and villagers are invited to bring their own drinks and popcorn.

Doors open at 7pm and the film will begin at 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served afterwards.

To reserve a place, call Kevin on 01366 387555 or Mrs Barrington on 01366 388909.

The film club will usually cost  £4 in advance or £5 on the night.

An art club has also started and a seven-week art course, led by a professional art teacher, got under way this month.

The club meets at the hall from 1.30pm to 3pm and costs £4 a session.

Call Geraldine on 01366 380136 for more details.

A free art class for toddlers will be held from 11am to noon on Tuesday, February 18.

The taster session has been organised with a view to holding regular classes.