Film Club – February 2016

Friday evening, 12th February 7:30pm

‘We Bought a Zoo’ (2012)

Matt Damon stars in this feelgood family feature based on the memoir by British journalist Benjamin Mee. Newly widowed Benjamin (Damon) is finding life difficult trying to raise his two young children. Urged on by his father, Duncan (Thomas Haden Church), to make a change, Benjamin decides to purchase a run-down manor in the countryside in the hope that it will bring his family together again.   However, the house comes with a strange stipulation: the tenant must manage the zoo that accompanies the property. Having to care for 47 species, and with his friends thinking he’s mad, Benjamin sets out to restore the zoo to its former glory. Fortunately he inherits some experienced and very loyal staff members, led by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson).   As an aside, the real-life park acquired by Mee continues to lead by example as a humane habitat for endangered species.

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!


Film Club – January 2015

Film Club at St Peter’s (Church Centre, Lake Lock Road) – Free membership….Free admission!

St Peter’s has set up a film club for anyone to come along once a month to watch a specially selected film on the big screen.

Films are shown at 7:30pm on a Friday evening. Refreshments will be available.

Next Film Club : Friday evening, 8th January, 7:30pm

“The Theory of Everything?!” (2015) 12 Rating 

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).


Film Club – December 2015

Friday evening, 11th December 7:30pm

‘Nativity 3: Dude, where’s my donkey?!’ (2015)

This Christmas the pupils of St Bernadette’s and their much-loved, madcap teacher Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) are back for their biggest adventure yet involving fantastic flashmobs, excitable elves, Christmas carols and of course Archie the donkey. When their new teacher Mr Shepherd (Martin Clunes) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, his fiancée Sophie (Catherine Tate) and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it’s up to the pupils of St Bernadette’s to save the day. Led by the ever enthusiastic Mr Poppy, they embark on a   Christmas journey like never before – but time is against them if they are to help Mr Shepherd get to New York in time for his magical yuletide wedding. Come and see this if you want to enjoy some     madcap family fun to get you in the mood for Christmas!

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!

Bills Letter Christmas

Bill’s Letter for December 2015/January 2016

Christmas starts with Christ

I find this slogan or challenge really helpful at this time of year. It was used last year and has been appropriately resurrected. With all the rush and bustle of Christmas, it is sometimes hard to keep the focus on Jesus.

The commercial pressure seems to get stronger every year. So we now have ‘Black Friday’ when there are bargains to be had, and there is pressure to ‘shop while you can’. I was interested to find out why this day got its name. It is of course tied into Thanksgiving in  America, being the day after. One theory is that because of the great celebrations on Thanksgiving Thursday, record number of people called in sick, hence employers called it ‘Black Friday’.

Most people appreciate a bargain, but when you see the crowds fighting to get into stores and then arguing who got to the bargain first, it is a black day; when selfishness comes to the fore rather than a   generosity that is about finding appropriate gifts for others. Another pressure on us is targeted advertising. Don’t you find it uncomfortable if after you have researched something, adverts for it keep popping up on our computer screens?

We have a number of good traditions that make this a special time; such as giving and receiving presents to show that we care. On the 6th December we have our St Nicholas day service when we bring presents for children who do not otherwise receive much, which are distributed by Barnardo’s. Another tradition is singing carols, old and new that tell the story and encourage us. There are a number of       occasions to join in with that advertised in this magazine. There are some for all different ages and at different times so that at least one should be convenient. Coming together at this time will help us think about not only receiving the gift of Christ afresh for ourselves but also being willing to share the good news and spirit of goodwill. Please take the opportunity to come and join us.

Rev Bill Henderson

Christmas 2015

What’s on – Christmas 2015

Sun 29th Nov


Advent Sunday service: a family service to celebrate the start of advent.
Sun 29th Nov—Sat 5th Dec ‘Snow White and the Magnificent Seven’: our popular Christmas pantomime, click here for details of performances and tickets.
Sun 6th Dec


St Nicholas Day service and parade service. An ideal opportunity to donate a wrapped gift to a child in need.

The St Nicholas family and parade service is an opportunity to donate a wrapped gift for a child who might otherwise not receive much this Christmas. The gifts will be handed over to the Barnados charity to be distributed. Please bring a wrapped gift, labelled with a suggested age and gender.

Fri 11th Dec


‘Nativity 3: Dude, where’s my donkey?!’ (2015)

U rating

Free Film Club, doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm, free tea and coffee.

Sat 12th Dec


Coffee morning at Stanley Community centre with the usual great stalls and refreshments.
Sat 12th Dec


Torchlight procession and carol singing around Stanley. More information soon.
Sun 20th Dec


Carol service: a traditional carol service with carols and Bible readings.
Thurs 24th Dec


Crib service : all-age Christmas service followed by a craft activity and refreshments.
Thurs 24th Dec Midnight Communion starting at 11pm
Fri 25th Dec Christmas Day Family service at 10am

Film Club – November 2015

Friday evening, 13th November 7:30pm

‘Paddington’ (2015) PG rating

Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, ‘Paddington’ follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at       Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kind Brown family (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters), who offer him a temporary haven. But then this rarest of bears catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist (Nicole Kidman), and it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat. Paddington the bear is extremely well   animated and the mix of CGI and real people is completely seamless. This film is a wonderful homage to the original Michael Bond stories.

 Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

 Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!