Film Club – October 2014

Friday evening, 10th October, 7:30pm

‘Philomena’ (2014)    12 Rating

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”.  When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America.  Philomena spends the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.  Then she meets  Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a world-weary political journalist who happens to be intrigued by her story.  Together they set off to America on a journey that will not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.  The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

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

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

Noah Poster

Film Club – September 2014

Friday evening, 12th September, 7:30pm

‘Noah’ (2014)    12 Rating

Darren Aronofsky, the Academy Award winning director, takes the helm of this epic and somewhat controversial interpretation of the biblical tale of   Noah.  Russell Crowe portrays Noah as a tormented, dysfunctional man in a corrupt and ruined land.  The supporting cast features Jennifer Connelly,   Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone; in fact the women’s roles are greatly expanded and are made to be far more important than is   suggested in the Bible story.  The special effects are impressive, and help to invoke what life might have been like in those times, and during the time of an immense flood.  The film is both spectacular and intense but received some mixed reviews: whilst the characters and effects were praised, it strayed too far from the Bible for some people, and not far enough for others!  Come and see ‘Noah’, and make up your own mind!

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

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm



Bill’s Letter June 2014

I have just had the great privilege of spending three days in Barcelona, as a celebration of Viv’s 60th birthday.  It was the first time we had been there but found it very inspiring.

One of the impressive aspects of the city is the architecture, in many styles and periods of construction from Roman times to the present day.  It was particularly inspiring to see how art and architecture could work together to produce powerful places full of meaning.

Many of these were inspired by faith which added to the experience.  The most well known example is the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.  Gaudi took over from the original architect and worked on it for 43 years till his death in 1926.  It is still under construction.  The East side, where the day begins with sunrise, depicts the birth and early life of Jesus.  The West side, where the day ends with sunset, depicts the last days of the life of Jesus, in a very different style.  The inside is awe inspiring with enormous majestic columns   rising like forest trees and stained glass that dazzles depicting the resurrection and other great themes.

On a different scale was the Palace of Catalan Music, a building for music practice and performance.  Impressively it was built for a  local choir by contributions from the community from 1905 to 1908.  It is not just for choral but for all kinds of music.  A highlight of the building is an enormous central glass skylight, shaped like a rain drop to represent water and light, in the ceiling of the auditorium in Art Nouveau style.

These buildings have been inspiring as we think and pray about a new church building in Stanley.  Not that we want something on an enormous scale, but that art and architecture, working together, can produce inspirational buildings; and that communities working together can achieve great things.

Rev Bill Henderson


Summer Gala 2014


St Peter’s Church Centre, Lake Lock Rd


  • Stanley Starlights Majorettes
  • Dance Fever Academy
  • Normanton Dog Training Club with an obedience and agility demonstration


tombola, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, toys, children’s tombola, sweets, bottle tombola, greetings cards, crafts, soft toy tombola, plants, face painting, and much, more more!


BBQ, cream teas, pop and crisps


Grand Raffle: 1st prize £60, 2nd prize food hamper, plus many other fantastic prizes. 

Draw 4pm.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from church members before the event and will also be on sale at the Gala

Film Club June 2014

Film Club – June 2014

Next Film Club : Friday evening, 13th June, 7:30pm 

“Little Shop of Horrors” (1986) PG Rating

A hit comedy-horror-musical from Broadway, this is a successful transfer to film with a bevy of big-name cameos and two perfectly cast leads: Rick    Moranis is the nerdy Seymour, who pines for flower-girl Audrey (Ellen Greene) while living in the basement of florist Mr Mushnik (Vincent   Gardenia).  Seymour buys a plant during a solar eclipse, christens it Audrey II, and discovers that it likes to drink blood! Audrey II soon grows to epic proportions and is hell-bent on world domination. The film features a fantastic musical score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and in addition to the two lead parts, Levi Stubbs Jr of the Four Tops provides the low-down, nasty-minded voice of Audrey II.  Cameos include Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, James Belushi, and Christopher Guest.

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

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm



Film Club details for May 2014

Friday evening, 9th May, 7:30pm 

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2011) 12 Rating

From the director of Shakespeare in Love (John Madden) and featuring an all-star British cast, this is a charming, life-affirming comedy drama about life, love and new beginnings.  Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, the film follows the experiences of a group of elderly British retirees who travel to Bangalore, India, to take up residence in what they believe to be a newly-opened retirement home.  However, despite  the glossy publicity campaign, the Marigold turns out to be rather different from the refurbished luxury hotel advertised in the brochures. Nevertheless, it soon begins to reveal some unexpected charms of its own, and the friends are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you begin let go of the past.

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

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Film Club details for April 2014

Friday evening, 11th April, 7:30pm 

‘The Miracle Maker’ (2007) U Rating

This animated feature-length film uses a mix of 3D models and 2D animation to tell the story of Christ through the eyes of a child.  Originally a BBC Wales production, it showcases the voices of some of Britain’s finest actors: Ralph Fiennes as Jesus, Miranda Richardson as Mary Magdalene, Richard E. Grant as John the Baptist and David Thewlis as Judas.  In    ancient Israel young Tamar (voiced by Rebecca Callard) meets Jesus, a carpenter, whose ability to perform miracles and teachings on God draw a band of loyal followers around him.  As his popularity grows, he challenges the authority of the established Judaic religious leaders, who begin to plot his downfall. The animation is complemented by a beautifully lyrical score, written by Academy Award winning Anne Dudley.

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

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm



Film Club details for March 2014

Friday evening, 14th March, 7:30pm 

‘Defence of the Realm’ (1985) PG Rating

Gabriel Byrne stars as Nick Mullen, a newspaper reporter for the    London Daily Dispatch who is eager for the big story that will make him a star and make his newspaper famous.  He uncovers what appears to be a simple sleaze story about an MP and despite warnings from his mentor Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott), exposes the story and      becomes a celebrity himself.  Set during the Reagan/Thatcher Cold War period, Nick soon discovers that there is much more to the story than he first imagined and joins forces with Bayliss’ beautiful secretary Nina (Greta Scacchi) to uncover the truth.  Fast-paced, complex, and gripping, this is a conspiracy film on a par with the best.

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

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm



News of the old church

This is a very significant month in the life of the community in Stanley.  It is the month when the old church building will begin to be dismantled.  It will be a great loss to the sky line of the village and many people have fond memories of  special occasions celebrated there. We are inviting people to a service to commemorate the building on 9th February at 3pm.

Full details can be read here.