The Christmas luncheon was held at Woodbourne House and attended by 144 members and guests. The building has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and was beautifully decorated for the festive season. After an excellent 3 course meal, we held the 200 club draw, followed by the raffle and finally the auction. Entertainment was provided by Pam Parkinson and Malcolm Black in the guise of ‘Horns in Harmony’. They played several tunes before the meal and afterwards a selection of Christmas carols that we could sing along to. A lovely way to end a very successful lunch. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the organization of this event.
200 CLUB WINNERS
IN THE DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DRAW
Sylvia Wightman £50.00 Ann Quilliam £50.00
Dena Parker £50.00 Sue Waring £50.00
Pauline Duggua £50.00
Don’t forget, you have to be in it to win it!
Ring Bob Gledhill on 834663 or the office on 817007 to join.
Ravina & David Talbot – Dalby
Vivien & Charles Grills – Ramsey
Jane Emery & James Cullen - Douglas
SNACK & SCREEN
The next ‘Snack & Screen’ event will be during the first or second week in March. The film will be ‘Finding Your Feet’, a comedy set in the UK. The film is about two sisters with very different lives who, due to certain circumstances, end up living together. The cast includes Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall. The snack will be a sandwich, a slice of cake and tea or coffee.
The cost is £12. As the Villa ticketing office is unable to give me the exact date far enough in advance to send out booking forms, would you please email or ring the office if you are interested. Once I have the date you will be contacted to confirm your booking.
FILM ‘THE VICEROY’S HOUSE’ ERIN ARTS CENTRE
13 December 2017
I still can’t get used to going to a film show in daylight hours but enough of our members attended to make it a successful pre-Christmas treat, preceded by a nice lunch in the foyer.
The Viceroy’s House tells the story of the hectic events leading to Indian independence in 1947, the hottest summer, apparently, for 160 years. Hugh Bonneville plays a convincing though somewhat overweight Dickie Mountbatten contending with the impossible task of ending British imperial rule peacefully in a matter of months. His consort, played by Gillian Anderson, is a wonderful portrayal of the Vicereine Edwina Mountbatten, the socialite with a practical sympathy for the Indian people.
The main plot is focussed on the impending horror of Partition and the politics between Nehru, Jinnah and the dying British Raj headed by the Viceroy, supported, not always loyally, by his Commander-in-Chief and senior officials. The sub-plot involves the Romeo-and-Juliet love affair between viceregal servants Jeet and Alia, on each side of the widening Hindu-Muslim divide. Partition brought about the largest and bloodiest mass-migration in the history of mankind involving 14 million people of whom one million perished.
The film was released this year to coincide with the anniversary of Indian Independence: ‘On the stroke of midnight India will awake’. 70 years may be a long time, but there remain racial and ethnic sensitivities which are handled beautifully. The director Gurinder Chadha has produced a vivid and truthful film story. The last frame tells us that his own family suffered in the Great Migration. And finally, the Indian version of Romeo and Juliet ends happily!
A special ‘thank you’ to Joyce Perkins who kindly ‘gifted’ new card table covers to the MRA Whist group. Joyce told us that the old covers were over 20 years old and replacing them was something that her and Nigel had on their ‘to do’ list. The new covers work a treat. Thank you Joyce and Nigel.
Congratulations to Alan Franklin, on the publication of his book in December 2017, titled ‘Involuntary Guests’ which is published by Lily Publications. It is a fact based book about World War 2 Internment in the Isle of Man. The book is available to order online and at the usual book shops on the island. You can take a peek at the book using this link https://www.lilypublications.co.uk/product/involuntary-guests/
Alan, a valued member of the MRA, runs the weekly Tuesday afternoon MRA Whist group at the Cat with no Tail in Onchan.