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Lewes Lottery

On 2 Mar 2012 at 10:18am bonzodog wrote:
Admirable though it is, The Lewes Lottery should be investigated for giving money to commercial profit distributing companies: viz the Lewes Cinema Ltd
On 4 Mar 2012 at 5:19pm helper wrote:
Bozodog/film club, investigated for what?
On 4 Mar 2012 at 6:30pm Harry wrote:
I met the lady that runs The Lewes Lotto, she runs the lottery for the community and doesnt take any money from it, it all goes to good causes and the winner......its unbeleivable that people try and run this kind of thing down, what is their problem!! does anyone know hoe to buy tickets?
On 4 Mar 2012 at 6:46pm helper wrote:
Harry, agree with you, the lady that runs it is lovely and is working very hard to make it a success and I can't understand why anybody would criticise what she is doing. I've heard that she has been faced with some pretty hostile people, which is bizarre I think.
Anybody starting any kind of new venture should be applauded and encouraged.
There seems to be a seething resentment among some in Lewes which unfortunately seems to be particularly prevalent on this forum.
On 4 Mar 2012 at 7:16pm saints supporter wrote:
Surely the lottery exists to support charities and voluntary/community groups, rather than a commercial operation like Lewes Cinema?
On 4 Mar 2012 at 9:06pm helper wrote:
Well, just been to the Lewes Lottery website which says "helps fund local projects, charities and events in Lewes."
So what is wrong with helping the Lewes Cinema which operates in Lewes?? Sounds like a local project to me.
On 4 Mar 2012 at 10:30pm saints supporter wrote:
They are a commercial business not a 'project'.
On 5 Mar 2012 at 1:42am helper wrote:
Blimey! You really must be desperate! They also say they support 'organisations' is that good enough for you? The principle aim of the Lottery as far as I can gather is that they want to support local activities. They do not appear to limit themselves to any particular type of cause - just anything that seems worthwhile and needs support.
But more to the point - if the Lottery are happy to help the cinema then why is that a problem for you? What axe do you have to grind here?
On 5 Mar 2012 at 5:05pm bonzodog wrote:
Helper, how are you. I'm on the cinema mailing list and I hyvae had the letter about the petition. It says you are a local family firm. But you are not local, are you? You live in West Sussex, near landcing; you run most of your cinema operations in Lancing. You rent a hall in Lewes by the hour, you rent a lock up in Lewes for storage, and go back to West Sussex takiing most of the proceeds with you.
On 5 Mar 2012 at 5:53pm brixtonbelle wrote:
I think 'local' 'community' 'project' are all words Lewes Cinema like to use to gain credit in the local community. In fact they are a profit-making business who have been able to avoid any payment of local business rates and utilised cheap town council hourly rents for at least ten years. I too got the latest email from them about the progress of the petition and they seem to be self delusional. Either they are a business , or they are not, they need to make up their minds. If they are a business it would seem right to me that the local council does not subsidise them (that's our council tax, remember), (in the same way we shouldn't be subsidsing Tesco with free labour). They seem to think the town council should compensate them for loss of business or premises (it's not entirely clear which). Ludicrous ! I think they should be paying some business rates !

I'm sure there are rules to raising money for good causes through lotteries and I'm not sure Lewes Cinema would count as one - they are not agents contracted by the council to run a community venture, they are simply running a profitable business from a community hall. There is a difference. This isn't a criticism of the woman who has set up and run the Lewes lottery - more a criticism of the LC to apply for lottery funding, when they are distinctly not a charity or similar organistaion. That lottery money will go to increase their own personal profit. I too count as alocal project, - maybe I should apply for some funds....
On 5 Mar 2012 at 8:38pm Fountain House wrote:
What are those lottery 'rules' then Brixtonbelle? There is nothing to stop any business getting lottery funding - happens all the time. It just depends on the criteria the lottery has set.
If you met the criteria you might even get funding - you certainly need some help.
On 7 Mar 2012 at 8:12pm Jack wrote:
Ha Ha Ha turns out The Lewes Cinema actually declined the lewes lottery funding due to the issues they are having............so ALL the above negative comments are for nothing!!

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