It’s the first film night of a brand new season this Friday. And what a cracker, or should that be crackling, of a film has been chosen. “A Private Function” is a brilliant British comedy written by Alan Bennett. It stars Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Alison Steadman, Richard Griffiths, Liz Smith and Bill Paterson.
1947 in a small town in Yorkshire. The war has been won two years ago, but there’s still rationing of meat. When Princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress (or probably bribe) the local government by giving a big party. They want to slaughter an illegally raised pig for this event. Unfortunately someone steals the pig.
Here’s the trailer.
Come along to the Annual General Meeting of Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited on Saturday October 7th at 7.30pm in Humshaugh Village Hall. HCVL is the organisation that has run Humshaugh Village Shop since November 1st 2009. We can’t believe it’s that long ago either. So whether you’re a customer, volunteer, supporter or director, we’d love to see you there. We’d especially like to see new people. Your village shop relies on a large team of enthusiastic volunteers to provide this valuable service and we’re always looking to attract more helpers in all areas.
The meeting doesn’t usually last too long – just long enough for us to elect directors, tell you how we’re doing and to listen to any ideas you may have. Afterwards there”ll be refreshments and a chance to chat to the team. We look forward to seeing you.
It’s that time of year already. We have two weekends of apple pressing this year – September 30th and October 1st and then two weeks later on October 14th and 15th. Your donated apples will be washed, chopped, squeezed, bottled and sterilised to make juice for sale in your own village shop. Our team of volunteers will be around the back of Humshaugh Village Hall from 10.00am until 3.00pm to receive your boxes, bags or barrels of apples. You’re welcome to join us to help with the processing too.
The bottles of juice will later go on sale in the shop. Last year’s vintage even graced the tables of Walwick Hall Hotel. Apart from tasting great, they also make an ideal ingredient for a seasonal gift hamper. We look forward to seeing you and we hope you’ll be able to help in one way or another – or even both.
Humshaugh’s Chris Francis has released a book about his epic, solo, end-to-end walk in 2016, which took him from Land’s End to John O’Groats. “Stroll On!”, published by Humshaugh Publications, is now on sale in the shop. Chris’s marathon stroll raised £4,500 for local charity Tynedale Hospice at home and profits from the book will go to the same great cause. Copies are just £8.50. Chris will be having an official launch in Humshaugh Village Hall on Thursday August 24th. He’ll be joined by Northumberland explorer Conrad Dickinson, who wrote the foreword to the book, and Laura Elliott from Tynedale Hospice. If you’re not local, you will soon be able to buy the book from the new Tynedale Hospice website. You can also order from us by post. Send a cheque for £10.50 (inc £2 P&P) made payable to “Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd” to: Chris Francis, Humshaugh Village Shop, Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4AG.
The current season of Friday film nights ends with a flamboyant flourish this week with “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. This 1994 movie is about two drag artists and a transgender woman who travel across the Australian desert in their lavender coloured bus, Priscilla. They’re on their way from Sydney to Alice Springs, where they’re performing a drag show.
Tickets are £5 for adults (£2.50 for children). It’s a PG and suitable for 15 years upwards. Doors open at Humshaugh Village Hall at 7pm on Friday March 10th and the film starts at 7.30. Drinks will be available in exchange for a donation to Humshaugh Arts Programme and exotic desserts will be served in the interval for just £1.50 each. Tickets are on sale in the shop.
The North East Recorder Orchestra is performing at Humshaugh Village Hall tomorrow afternoon (Saturday March 4th). You can get your tickets from the shop. The concert begins at 2.30 and, during the interval, tea and cakes will be served. The orchestra performs with a huge range of recorders in all sorts of shapes and sizes, not just the regular descant size that we all remember from our schooldays.
There will also be a photographic exhibition featuring images of local musicians.
Tickets are £5 (£2.50 for children). Tea or coffee and cake costs just £1.50. Tickets can also be bought on the door.
The event has been organised by HAP, the Humshaugh Arts Programme.