Andrew Ratcliffe, Whatlington

News from Alex at The Royal Oak:

There are just a few tickets left for our St George’s Day “Dragon Burger Banquet” on 23rd April at 7.30pm. Tickets for the two courses – “Dragon Burgers” followed by regional English cheeses- are just £10 each, please call 01424 870492 if you would like to come along.

It’s Irish Music Night on Friday 26th April from 8.30pm – always a super night of live music from amazing musicians. An informal evening of Traditional Irish tunes around the bar, this is a unique and popular evening, so if you would like to book a table, please give us a ring.

Quiz night remains a popular mid-week night out, so gather those friends always watching quiz shows – up to six – and book a table to see if you can be the winners! £1 per person entry and the winning team has a chance to win the jackpot.

We now have a date for the next Psychic Night at The Royal Oak – put Saturday 4th May in your diary! Previously, these evenings have always been a sell-out, so reserve your ticket early to not be disappointed. Local Master Palmist Robin Lown and his popular guest Psychic Medium Grant Colyer will be performing in the Barn from 7.30pm. It is always an incredible evening of uncanny accurate readings and insight – you really will be amazed! Tickets just £12 per person, group discounts available, please call 01424 870492.

Back by popular demand is another of our “Pudding Tasting” evenings on Sunday 5th May from 7pm. Come and sample four delicious homemade puddings along with a glass of dessert wine, port or sherry for £7.50 per person. This is an informal gathering around the bar, if you would like to reserve your place, please call 01424 870492.

Whatlington film club meets again tonight (Friday) to view the quirky comedy Little Miss Sunshine. It follows the hilarious, touching and at times excruciating journey of a family determined to get their daughter Olive to a beauty pageant.

They are travelling in a beat-up VW camper van that only starts when the family gets out to push it. But if the vehicle is dysfunctional, that’s nothing compared to the family itself.

It stars the brilliant Steve Carell, who was in the film club’s last offering Hope Springs, and is perhaps best known as Ricky Jervais’ David Brent character in the American version of The Office. The film gets under way at 8pm at the Royal Oak, with a break half way for further refreshment.

The club’s next three screenings have now been confirmed.

May 10 – Quartet: released in January this year, it’s unlikely that many British films in 2013 will have a stronger cast. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Sheridan Smith all star in this tale of disharmony in a retirement home for musicians. As the residents prepare for a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday a newcomer arrives – not only a diva, but the former wife of one of the residents. Oh, you may also have heard of the director: Dustin Hoffman.

June 7 – Argo: named by the Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globes judges as the year’s best picture, Ben Affleck directs and stars in this retelling of the ingenious but unlikely mission to extract six US diplomats from Iran in 1980.

July 5 – Life of Pi: another multi award winning movie, this is a stunning visual feast based on the book of the same name about a boy who survives a disaster at sea only to find that his fellow survivor – and lifeboat companion – is a fearsome tiger.

If you are interested in watching any or all of the above all you have to do is turn up on the night and sign up for a year’s film club membership. A measly £7.50 will entitle you to see a top movie every month for 12 months with the considerable added benefit of the Oak’s warm and welcoming bar just the other side of the door, offering food and hot and cold drinks. Or contact Steve Turner on 07941 669678 or steve.messages@virgin.net