All the latest news from the region’s clubs

Buckingham Athletic Sports and Social Club

Tickets are now available for a Valentines Country and Western Evening on Saturday, February 12 with music from the very talented Taylord Country - tickets are on sale at £5 per person, entrance will be by ticket only and no tickets will be available on the night.

For further information please contact the club on 01280 816945.

This is a new sports and social club for the local community with an open membership and continue to look for new members especially families - we are also looking for local organisation or clubs who are looking for a home.

We know there are many sports clubs and hobby organisations in the area that do not have their own facility that may be able to utilise this clubhouse as a base even though their actual activity may be done somewhere else.

A large function room with a licenced bar, kitchen, barbecue, small marquee and multi-media projector is available for hire at very reasonable rates.

Anybody interested in becoming a member or hiring the facility can contact us on 01280 816945 (evenings only), email us on or visit our new website or better still why not just pop along and meet us in person at the club and ask for more details.

Buckingham Tea Dance

The tea dance will recommence on January 24 at 2pm at the Buckingham Community Centre. All visitors will be welcome. Entrance £2 (tea included).

Buckingham U3A

The chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. He said he was pleased to see so many members in attendance at today’s Christmas Social.

He asked members who had not collected their membership cards to do so.

He said that the newsletters were available, for those had not received them, at the rear of the hall.

He also asked those who had not paid their annual subscriptions to please pay the treasurer today.

He said an anthology produced by the writing groups was on sale and the proceeds would go to the chosen charities and asked members to support this.

He also said in this connection the music quiz, devised by Dusty Rhodes and distributed for members participation at the last meeting, would be run today.

Proceeds from the quiz would also go to the chosen charities.

The chairman also reminded members of details on the notice board concerning the U3A Summer Schools and the U3A Geology meeting.

He said the filming of Opera was also to be shown again.

He said he was seeking a member willing to shadow the treasurer.

Beryl Carr then made several announcements in respect of forthcoming outings and theatre visits.

After which the members were entertained by the Handbells Group, while enjoying their wine and refreshments.

Those present clearly enjoyed this social event.

Buckingham and Winslow Film Society

Next week’s screening at the Winslow Centre is The Class (Entre les Murs), a humane and politically resonant drama set in a tough, multi-ethnic school in suburban Paris.

Made in 2009, the movie is based on an autobiographical novel by its lead actor, Francois Begaudeau, formerly an idealistic teacher in a city school.

Director Laurent Cantet coaxes tremendous performances from his primarily non-professional cast as he shows the interaction between cynical and weary staff and their moody and uncooperative 15 year-old charges

Endless backchat, rowdiness and explosive confrontations threaten to produce classroom chaos as the teachers struggle to deal with arguments, stand-offs and cultural hostility.

Unlike many films about the incendiary nature of inner-city schools, The Class does not take the conventional route to a happy ending in which the committed teacher finally get the kids on side, earning their grudging respect through his unconventional methods. In this story, the teacher is often as confrontational as the students.

This exhilarating movie narrowly missed out on an Oscar but justifiably won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

It’s a gripping and incisive study by a director in the forefront of European social cinema.

The Class will be screened at the Winslow Centre at 7.30pm on Friday, February 4.

Admission is £1.50 for members and £4 for non-members.

Full programme details are on our website or call Janet Childs on 01296 677384.

Just Friends

The singles social club for those aged 35–60+, formerly known as Two’s Company.

Still going strong since it’s inception in 2004.

The aim of the group is to provide a social network for single people to enjoy theatre trips, walks, days out, concerts, Sunday lunches, bowling, canal boating, parties, barbecues, car treasure hunts, weekends away and lots more!

If you are interested in finding out what Just Friends can offer you, please don’t hesitate to drop in to one of our club nights which are fortnightly at 8pm on Wednesdays in the Lounge, Villiers Hotel, Buckingham. If you wish to talk to a club member to find out more please phone 07907 472441 after 6pm.

Thursday, February 10 – Acker Bilk is at The Stables. Start time is 8pm

Thursday, February 17 – Michael Roach plays 1920s -style blues at The Stables. Tickets are £10.

Friday, February 25 – Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy are producing another three episodes of Fawlty Towers at the Chrysalis Theatre. Tickets £10.50.

Monday, March 28 - Mark Thomas at the Stables. Tickets £16.

Saturday, June 18 – Abba Revival in the Ballroom at Villers. Tickets £29.95.

The next two club nights are February 2 and 16 - hope to see you there.

Brackley and District History Society

A short annualmeeting on Wednesday, February 4 at 7.30pm will be followed with a talk by Roger Scanlon on Thatching, Present and Past.

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 or by phone at 07917 401228.

Ardley and Fewcott Gardening Club

Many thanks to Kellie, Clive and Staff at the Fox and Hounds, Ardley for the delicious meal served at our recent annual dinner a great time was had by all.

The club’s next event takes place on Friday, February 25, to be held at the Community Hall, Ardley at 7pm.

We welcome Sue Bedwell as our guest speaker, whose talk is entitled Making More of Your Plants and Pot Plants.

Members admission £2 guests who will be made very welcome £3.

The evening will include refreshment and a raffle.

A reminder for those of travelling to Shropshire, that the final payment is due by February 19.

It’s not too late to book as there are still rooms available including one single.

The proposed garden visits are Dower House Gardens, Bridgemere Garden World. The Dorothy Clive Garden, The Dingle Gardens and Nurseries and Glansevern Hall at Welshpool, Old Wollerton Hall and Hodnet Hall and a final stop at the Jephson Gardens, Leamington en route home.

Contact Jean on 01869 345581 for further details.

The quiz evening that was planned for December 2010 had to be postponed due to the poor weather conditions, this will now take place on Friday, March 25 at the Community Hall, Ardley at 7.30pm.

Buckingham Acoustic Club

Thursday night is our open mic night at The Woolpack in Buckingham and as always there was a great variety of styles and talents on show.

Marian, with Pete doing a great job on sound, were the hosts this week and Marian got the evening off to a good start with a variety of songs from songwriters such as Sam Cooke, Neil Young and David Gray and a lively original song called Dressed in Black.

Johnny was next to the microphone with a set including the song Alone Again Or by Love which was a great hit with an appreciative young audience.

Taking us back in time with some classic songs from the 50s and 60s was Henry.

He put his versatile voice to great use on numbers such as Summertime Blues, Steps to Heaven and Saturday Night at the Movies.

With Mike Moyse playing a glossy new fretless bass we were then held spellbound by the beautiful melodies and lyrics of Linda Watkins.

All self written material including Dandelion Time, Tick Tock with Linda playing the citern (no lad’s it’s not a banjo) and a lovely new song - so new that it still has no name!

We were lucky this week to have with us the talented father and son team of John and Laurie Howarth.

Laurie enthralled us with some nimble finger work - starting with a song written by his Dad Red Laurie, Yellow Laurie then a complex and beautiful self-penned tune.

John performed a fantastic set playing fretless 12 string guitar.

A tune called Mucking About With Daisy followed by a great protest song entitled Watching Venus and for a rousing finish a tune called Blue Glass accompanied by Laurie on stomp box.

Mike Moyse then calmed us all down nicely with a mellow set of songs including two Mark Knopfler songs and Not A Matter of Pride by Mike Silver.

We are a friendly bunch so if that song you’ve been practising at home in the bedroom is ready for a bigger audience, come along, check us out and maybe have a go.

We are here every Thursday from 8:30pm in the bar at The Woolpack in Buckingham .

Our website:

Project Street Life

The last two months have been very busy for PSL and its supporters.

We were chosen by the MK Dons as their Charity of the Match for the Buckingham Big Day so were looking forward to December 4 and the match v Plymouth Argyle when PSL could collect for their funds from the match-goers and watch the match.

The snow put paid to that, but happily last Saturday, January 15 saw the event rearranged and a match v Tranmere Rovers, which the Dons won comfortably.

Six cars loads of PSL members and friends greeted supporters with their collecting buckets and were thankful for their generous support.

Over the Christmas period we were very grateful to the Buckingham Round Table who allowed us to help with, and share the proceeds of, the Christmas collections at Tesco and around the houses with the Father Christmas house.

Many thanks to the generosity of Buckingham people and the support of Alex Vinall.

The Buckingham Community Pantomime last week saw an opportunity for PSL young people to get involved with some of our older citizens as they were on hand to help them at Wednesday’s performance.

Rounding off these activities was yesterday’s presentation by Roger Edwards of the Buckingham Community Pantomime Committee of a cheque to PSL which will help with plans to buy laptops to support the young people with their homework and job seeking.

Front-line manager, Andrew Frost, and the trustees have been delighted by and proud of the enthusiasm shown by the PSL members to get involved with these projects.

We are looking forward to the coming year when a number of trips are being planned including an activity holiday, and more fund-raising events such as cream teas and open gardens.

Many thanks for the generosity of the people of Buckingham who have supported PSL in our recent activities.

Banbury Horticultural Society

Monday, January 17 had nearly 50 members and friends packed into St Hugh’s church to hear John Cornwall tell us the Glories of a Garden.

For just over an hour he went through the seasons of the year with a magnificent set of photographs which showed, literally, the glories of a garden. Although at the moment our flowerbeds are out of bounds because of frost, have a close look at your own and marvel at the tiny green shoots of our hardy early plants.

Frosts needn’t stop you buying seeds and commencing propogating on a sunny window ledge indoors and there’s still some damage caused by the snow to be tidied up outside - if the spiteful wind and cold will let you.

Next meeting of the society is our annual on Monday, February 21, 7.30pm at St Hugh’s Church, Ruskin Road (enter round the back via St Hugh’s Close).

More information from chairman Anna Allott on 01295 720142.

Brackley European Association

Last Friday saw many members of the Association at St Peter’s church, Brackley, saying farewell to one of its founder members, ex-Councillor and Mayor of Brackley, Keith Davies. Also in the crowded congregation were many members of Brackley’s current Council, ex-Councillors and townspeople. Keith was a stalwart of BEA for many years as its Secretary and at times Chairman. Letters were received from Pavillons-sous-Bois and Montabaur expressing their condolences to the family and the Association has been in contact with Keith’s family all of whom had at various times been involved with our activities locally.

The Film Place

Certified Copy (12A) will be screened today, Friday at 8pm.

The ingredients of this film are familiar: Tuscany, Art, English author, beautiful woman - but renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has a way of turning these ingredients into an intricate web of ambiguity.

As he has famously stated: “We can never get close to the truth except through lying.”

In Certified Copy, the central component is reality versus fakery.

Author and art historian James Miller has written a book about authenticity and originality in art, subtitled Forget The Original – Just Get a Good Copy.

He is giving a talk to a Tuscan audience, warming to his theme and praising the role of the copy in allowing more people to have access to the original beauty of the artwork.

In the audience is a woman (who remains unnamed throughout the film) creating a mild disturbance with her restless son.

She leaves a note inviting Miller to spend the afternoon with her exploring the Tuscan countryside.

They talk more about the nature of copies. Here the narrative of the story becomes more complex.

At a café in the little hilltop town of Lucignano, they are mistaken for a married couple but, rather than denying this fact, they begin to play the roles of husband and wife.

Are they for real, or have they decided to play act a fantasy, an imitation of a real marriage?

What is undeniable is the magic of Juliette Binoche. She ‘doth teach the stars to shine bright’; her beauty increases with age and her inspired acting is mesmerising.

Binoche won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for this role.

The Illusionist (PG) will be screened tomorrow, Saturday at 7.30pm.

We have had several requests to make a repeat screening of this enchanting film, which has recently been short listed for Awards in the Golden Globes and BAFTA.

A gentle nostalgia, both wistful and beautiful, pervades this animated feature, which, in the hands of a master such as Sylvain Chomet, draws the audience into a world of illusions.

Developed from an unfilmed script by the late, great Jacques Tati, the subtle visual comedy has reminders of Monsieur Hulot.

Each animated frame contains the same wealth of detail which, as with all the best animation, repays a second (or third) viewing.

The story follows an ageing variety entertainer, Tatischeff (Tati’s actual surname), as he quits the fading glamour of Paris and London music halls and takes his act, complete with rabbit, to the far flung north of Scotland.

There he meets Alice, who is charmed by his magical, unfamiliar ways and joins Tatischeff in Edinburgh as a sort of adopted daughter.

To all those who know and admire the streets of Edinburgh, Chomet’s artistic talents convey their star attractions with newfound delight – albeit that the story unfolds in the rock ‘n roll era of 50 years ago.

Alice herself is increasingly drawn by this glittering new world and her ‘illusions’ and affections are transferred from the wide-eyed wonderment of the young to the self-gratifying illusions of the adult.

It is said that ‘genius is childhood re-captured at will.’

If so, Tati and Chomet are genii.

The Illusionist is someone who can still suspend belief while others seek ever new distractions.

It is a poignant tale, elegantly told from an adult’s point of view, written some say, as an elegy from Tati to his daughter, Sophie.

Despite the PG rating, however, the film will not appeal to young children.

The pace is slow and invites you to linger on the detail.