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It is with deep regret that we announce that our Chairman, John Holland passed away on Thursday after a long battle with lymphoma. 

John had been Chair of No6 Cinema from 2012 when the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust closed the cinema in it’s former guise and handed it over to a new group of enthusiastic volunteers to see if it could be viable with a different structure whilst retaining a similar flavour and range of films. From a standing start and no money John steadfastly guided the building of No6 into a thriving and well respected indie venue offering the best films in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Many people will know John for the huge contribution he made to various community projects across the city including the Cycle Centre; the Man Shed Project and the Community Orchard (at the Stacey Centre); the Cycle Forum; the Portsmouth Society and of course the No6 Cinema.

When I say he will be sorely missed, he really will be sorely missed not just because he was so practical and contributed so much but because he was really the loveliest of people, a joy to work with and a great role model on how to be a good human being.

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