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The Film Place

The Film Place will be screening two blockbusters this weekend, True Grit (15) at 8pm today, Friday, followed by Tangled (PG) tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm.

Blue Valentine (15) will be shown on Friday, June 3 at 8pm.

True Grit, winner of the BAFTA for Cinamatography stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld in a classic revenge western set in the wild west of a 19th Century frontier town. Directed by the Coen brothers, this new adaptation of the original 1968 Charles Portis novel of the same name brings a new realism to the story.

Tangled, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard is Disney’s 50th animated feature, incorporating a wonderful blend of thoroughly modern twists and gorgeously old-fashioned graphics. The story of Rapunzel – a princess locked in a tower by an evil stepmother, whose rescuer turns out to be a rather roguish thief and their courtship is enlivened by a tour of the kingdom’s shadier characters. Tangled is voiced by stars such as Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy.

In Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling stars alongside Michelle Williams and John Doman. This in depth portrayal of a failing marital relationships tackles its theme through a series of beautifully integrated flashbacks, which tellingly contrast the tender beginnings with the messy endings of this romance between Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams).

Please note, there will be no film shown on Saturday, June 4, instead there will be a night of pate, Pimms and pin-ups from 6pm to 8pm. Guests can enjoy a glass of Pimms and taste pate, alongside taking part in an informal quiz. This is a fundraising event. Tickets £7.50 each from the box office (film nights only), The Old Gaol or from Kathy Robins, Walnut Yard, Church Street, Buckingham, MK18 1BY

Email kathyrobins@walnutyard.co.uk or telephone 01280 813967.

Brackley and District History Society

The next meeting of the Brackley & District History Society will be on Wednesday, June 1 at 7.30pm. Greg and Nina Stevens will talk about Medieval Plants & Their Uses. The History Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, Brackley.

Members free. £2 for visitors, who are always welcome. Refreshments served. Further information from the secretary at brackleyhistorysociety@hotmail.com or by phone at 07917 401228.

Buckingham Conservative Women’s Organisation

The Buckingham Constituency Conservative Women’s Organisation held its May lunch in Hardings Restaurant at Aylesbury College on Wednesday, May 18. A good sized audience enjoyed an excellent talk after lunch by Edward Pepper of SSAFA. Colonel Pepper explained the work of the Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen and Families Association Forces Help. Last year more than 50,000 members of the forces and their families were helped by SSAFA and their trained staff.

The lunch raised £300 for the work of SSAFA which was presented to Col Pepper. Newly elected AVDC councillor, Sue Renshell, who chaired the lunch said: “It was very moving to hear about the profound way in which SSAFA can help so many to whom we all owe so much. While it is to be welcomed that the military covenant may soon be enshrined in law this will never replace the excellent work being provided daily by military charities. It was humbling to hear about some of the cases in which SSAFA is making a difference.”

For further information please contact Sue Renshell on 01296 715105.

Buckingham Centre for The Arts

Notification that the annual meeting for the Buckingham Centre for the Arts will take place on Tuesday, June 7 at 7.30pm in Room MB2 at the University of Buckingham Mason Building on Hunter Street.

The agenda is available from Sarah Willis 01280 848209.

Twyford & Charndon Women’s Institute

Our May meeting was devoted to discussion of the resolutions to be put forward to the National WI AGM in June. The first, concerning the closure of local libraries, was explained by Yve Robinson, our president.

A discussion followed and a vote taken. Members were unanimous in their support for local libraries to be kept open despite government cutbacks.

The second resolution concerned the possible appearance of ‘mega farms’ in this country. Again Yve helped us with our consideration of this resolution and after questions and discussion, members voted to urge the government to refuse permission for these farms in this country.

Final plans were made for our visit to Boycott Farm and Sulgrave Manor later in the year and we had an opportunity to have a look at our scrapbooks which record WI activities right back to the 1940s.

The competition for a WI resolution was won by Eileen Trimble and second was Joy Landells.

The next meeting on June 8 will be a guided historical walk round Twyford given by Mr Raymond Hodges.

Maids Moreton Women’s Institute

In April we welcomed two members of the Conservation Group who were filming the WI in action as part of a DVD that is being produced as a record of the village and its history.

It was a good month for the WI as we were having a ‘hands on’ evening where members could try various crafts, ie... calligraphy, sugar paste icing and flower arranging. On display were a number of scrapbooks which highlighted Maids Moreton WI from the 1950s to the present day.

In May, the main focus of our meeting was discussing and voting upon the two resolutions that will go forward to the AGM in June. Both resolutions provoked prolonged discussion against the proposed mega farms and the closure of local libraries. Both resolutions were voted for unanimously.

We were pleased to welcome Steve and Lisa to our meeting who gave an update on Veterans Aid, which our institute supports. It was distressing to hear that most of the personnel needing help are aged 20 to 29 years old. The next consignment will be for Christmas so we were encouraged to gather together treats, ie chocolates, hand knitted items, toiletries, socks etc. These items will be collected in November to be taken to London. Next month our meeting will welcome Anna Conti who will talk on stained glass.

For further information on Maids Moreton WI please ring 01280 813719.

Winslow Bridge Club

A very successful bridge and nibbles party was held just prior to the long bank holiday break.

Free play restarted on May 9 but will again be interrupted by another bank holiday on May 30.

Details of the programme can be found on our website; just search for Winslow Bridge Club.

We play both duplicate and free play usually on alternate Mondays. Visitors of all levels will be made very welcome at £2.50 per evening.

For free play, which starts at 7.30pm, you don’t need a pre-arranged partner.

Please ring our membership secretary, Liz Mostyn, on 01296 670419 if you’d like to give us a try and she will be pleased to give you further information.

The Old Gaolers

Tickets have been selling well for our forthcoming production of Dad’s Army, especially for the last night. It runs from Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4 at Buckingham Community Centre, and starts at 7.45pm each night.

You can get your tickets in advance - advisable for the Saturday - at £10 each from Buckingham’s Old Gaol Tourist Information Centre on Market Hill, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Telephone 01280 823020 if you need them put aside until you can get there in person (we regret no card payments are possible).

The evening consists of three episodes from the classic TV series by Jimmy Perry and David Croft: The Deadly Attachment, Mum’s Army and The Godiva Affair, with intervals between each.

If you feel like joining in some of the fun, prizes are being awarded for the best 1940s costume each night, but ‘don’t panic’ if you’d rather not turn up so dressed.

A raffle and collection will also be held in aid of Help for Heroes, the charity supporting wounded members of the Armed Forces: www.helpforheroes.org.uk