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January: It’s About Time

January’s film ‘About Time’ was a good film with a very strong message at the end, which I do hope everyone got. We were hoping to show ‘Philomena’ in February but this is now not possible, we will be showing ‘We bought a Zoo’, we have only had positive reports of this true life Story.  We will be showing Philomena later in the year so please check with the web site or phone Ken or Lesley for  details of this and other films we have in store.

Unfortunately we are still awaiting quotes on the repairs required to the roof, for some reason it is not easy to get people to give us estimates for work these days.

Other than the Church Quiz, for which we have had no feedback at the time of going to print, it has been a quite month for the hall, which is normal for this time of the year, but we have had a lot of enquiries with regards to booking, which is excellent news. Plus the bottle bank had to be emptied twice over the holiday which is again excellent for our funds.

Both the hall and the film night can be booked through our web site.

Lesley Collin – Chairperson

November: After the Storm

In November we showed ‘Behind the Candelabra’, we were lucky to get a delivery of ice cream just before the showing, as we had lost all our stock due to the power cut that followed ‘The Storm’, so a good evening was had by all. We were very lucky as the only other damage were had was one loose tile.  December’s film is ‘Nativity 2′. You can still book by phoning Ken or Lesley as well as online, there will be a glass of free mulled wine, or drink of your choice, as per usual for this Christmas film, we will also be holding a raffle, we look forward to seeing you there.

We should like to thank all of you who use the Village Hall Bottle Bank, this is a great source of income for us and has enabled us to maintain our hire prices over the last few years. However, with so many more bottle banks popping up in other local venues, we shall be watching closely how our revenue is affected, if the proceeds fall greatly we will indeed have to review our charges during the year.

November was a busy month but most of the events were held after this article has to go to print, I do hope they did well and your supported some of these worthy causes. We also purchased 6 small square tables, that have been available for many of these events, they have proved to be a very useful asset to the halls equipment.

Future events open to the public can be found on our web site.  as can the times and details of the many clubs and regular activities.

The Village Hall Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, a properous and healthy New Year.

Forthcoming events are: Sun Dec 1st  – 1st Sunday Church Service

Sat Dec 7th -  Film Night ‘Nativity 2′

Sun Dec 15th – Evening Songs of Praise.

August: A Tiger and a Shiny New Floor

August is not a busy month in the Village Hall so there is not a great deal to report. The main hall floor has been re-sealed and polished, and looks really good.

The cinema  night went well Life of Pi was indeed a good film and was much enjoyed by those who attended. On September 7th we are showing Hitchcock, a film about Alfred and his wife’s relationship as well as being a glimpse of the days of classic Hollywood. To quote one reviewer: “Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as Alma are alone worth the price of the ticket.” It also stars Janet Leigh and Jessica Biel, so an excellent cast.

We have had to swap round our October and November cinema programme due to availability of the films. So in October it will be Song for Marion, and in November Behind the Candelabra. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of the above.

We have just had the sad news that the Friday Table Tennis club has had to close due to lack of numbers.  We thank them for their support of the hall and wish them all well. However there is still one being held on a Wednesday afternoon if any one wishes to play, let’s hope that this continues to thrive.

SESAW had to cancel their fund raining event in August due to ill health of one of their organizers, but you will see they have re booked for September 14th.  Let’s hope all goes well for them this time.

Lesley Collin

Open Gardens & A Messy Church

In June we hosted a fraction of the Open Gardens event. I am very pleased to say that it all went well. The stalls were many and varied, the WI did an excellent job with tea and cakes, and we understand the Open Garden Committee raised a good amount for the two charities, which is excellent news.

Messy Church was also held in the hall at the start of the month, it was not well attended which was a shame, but Murray was playing at Wimbledon so they were not too surprised.

The wonderful change in the weather as I write this has helped to raise all of our spirits, long may it last, but I am sure the gardeners amongst you would like some rain, but it is great for the children with the school holidays currently.

If you happen to be reading this before 30th July, Colchester Hospital have booked the hall for a talk on Strokes. The events they have held in the past have been excellent, but unfortunately not as well advertised as they might have been.

Later this month we are having the floor re-sealed and polished. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to regular hirers but we have to close the main hall for a few days. If we do not keep the floor in good condition it would mean completely relaying it at some stage in the future, which would be very costly indeed. This is taking place the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July.

July’s film ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ was well attended, but far from a sell-out. A pleasant easy-going film, however not one of our best. In August we are showing ‘Life of Pi’ which we have been led to believe is excellent, let’s hope that is the case. As usual you can book tickets subject to availability by visiting our Digital Cinema pages on this website.

Please remember you can also book the hall or committee room for your own event. Visit our Booking Enquiry pages for more information and to send us a booking request.

Lesley Collin