Andrew Ratcliffe,

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church service on Sunday 28th October will be Holy Communion at 8.30am. All welcome.

Next week commencing Monday 29th October is half term week at Mountfield & Whatlington school.The school will be closed all that week.

Friday 26th October is a staff training inset day and the school will be also be closed with back to school day being Monday 5th November.

Whatlington Film Club members will be putting their nerves to the test at a special Hallowe’en screening of The Woman in Black on Saturday (October 27).

The frightener, starring Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, tells the story of grieving widower Arthur Kipps given one last chance to save his law firm job with an assignment to a remote village to study the deeds of a house whose owner has recently died.

In Hammer House of Horror style the solicitor (Radcliffe) walks into the local pub to be given the silent treatment by the locals and told there is no room at the inn.

Despite being warned to leave the village, Arthur goes to the isolated manor to find it haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He discovers she was a mother whose son drowned and who now seeks revenge on the children of the village.

Shivers up and down the spine are guaranteed – nothing to do with the forecast plunging temperatures – and if you fancy a fright night you can join the club for just £7.50 which gives you entrance to at least 12 films over the next 12 months. About the same as a bucket of popcorn and a gallon of fizz at mainstream cinemas.

Call Steve Turner on 01424 870041 to find out more.

Roger enthralled members of The Good Companions with his talk on “The History and Art of Cartophilly”. I wonder how many of you know what this talk would have been about without looking it up? I “goggled” this but came up with the collecting of cigarette cards when in fact ,and this was confirmed by Roger, it is the collecting of picture cards, such as postcards. I am at the age when I can remember playing with cigarette cards (showing my age!), flicking them against the wall and winning all the cigarette cards if yours landed on one; such happy school day memories.

Roger showed us a collection of his cigarette cards and sets and talked about the history of collecting cigarette cards; it was so interesting. Thank you Roger for sharing your hobby with us and for making your talk so captivating.

Tea and cakes were enjoyed by all. I must thank the person who donated the bottle of cherry wine for the raffle. I won this and it was really delicious and more like a liquor.

Thank you to all those who contributed in all ways to make this an enjoyable afternoon.

I am at present arranging the Christmas Lunch. It will hopefully be on Wednesday 28th November. I will send out details shortly.

If you would like further details on The Good Companions please do telephone Hilda on 01424 777358.

News from Alex at The Royal Oak:

Don’t forget that tonight (Fri 26th) is the opportunity to dress up and come to our Halloween Party at The Royal Oak from 8pm. There will be a disco and admission is free, so come along and join us - I’m sure it will turn into a very silly evening!

Please note that the usual “last Friday of the month” Irish Music Session has been moved to next Friday 2nd November, so don’t forget to put that in your diary - admission is free and musicians begin at 8.30pm.

Apologies to all those people who have been enquiring this week, but we are now already fully booked for Christmas Day Lunch!

The Royal Oak Boules Team were victorious in their final match of the season, well done and thank you to Steve, Mike, Thelma and Pete for playing so well and being so committed to the team all season. Congratulations also go to Thelma for winning our league’s Ladies’ Trophy at the presentation evening last week - this has provided renewed enthusiasm for next season which will start in May. If you are interested in playing, then let me know on 01424 870492.

Wednesday’s Traditional Pub Games evening was popular last week with a variety of card games on the go! Come and join us every Wednesday evening for a pint around the log fire and a game of Crib, Shove Ha’penny or Dominoes - this makes for a very cosy Autumn evening!

Quiz Night at The Royal Oak is every Thursday from 8pm - thanks to Pete for doing the quiz last week to a packed bar, it was a great evening!

Master Palmist Robin Lown and his guest Medium Grant Colyer held a fantastic Psychic Night at The Royal Oak last weekend. Always a sell-out and a really amazing evening - so popular in fact, that we will arrange another date in January for them to return!

The Village Hall Committee organised a Fabulous 40s Night last weekend which was a huge success and raised over £400 for the Village Hall which was an excellent and authentic venue for such a knees-up! A huge thank you to Angie Moore, Debbie Haynes, the DJ and singer Jessica Roberts who performed all the old favourites and got everybody dancing. If you have any ideas for fund-raising events for the Village Hall then let Angie know on 01424 870087.

The next Village Hall Jumble Sale is this Saturday 27th from 10am - get there early to grab the bargains! If you have jumble to donate, please drop off at the pub, or if you would like to get involved and help out on Friday or Saturday, please call Angie on 01424 870087.