‘One Life’ – film at Westbury Village Hall this Friday 5 April, 7.30pm

One Life is a 2023 movie based on the true story of Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of children from Nazi occupation in 1938. It is a true tearjerker that will inspire viewers with its depiction of how one person really can make a major positive difference.

And here are a few review extracts –
One of the best films of 2024…Sir Anthony Hopkins gives a performance that can break your heart.

There will be no dry eye, any time, in any theatre, where “One Life” is shown. One life that saved 669 lives, which has thus far resulted in approximately 6,000 descendants.

Among the recent spate of WWII dramas about ordinary people who did extraordinary things…James Hawes’s One Life, a British film, is one of the best.

Despite the fact that this film’s narrative is like a ping pong ball bouncing back and forth between 1988 and 50 years earlier, it works well. All the flashbacks provide context to the rescue operation, and to the continuing legacy of that operation.

One Life is an example of historical storytelling that doesn’t need artificial drama to get its points across—the truth is dramatic and moving enough. Hopkins’ and Flynn’s performances beautifully blend to paint a nicely crafted portrait.

So. usual drill – tickets £8 from village shop or on the door – first drink included in ticket price. There will be nibbles supplied by a team of willing helpers. – sorry no mini quiches this time, but we are promised chocolate brownies , among other delights. Come at 7-30 for 8pm start .

Neighbourhood Plan – Updates

The village meeting on the 27th March 2024 provided brief updates on a number of related issues including proposals for housing development at Roughmoor Lane.  A summary of the information provided, with links to further detail where appropriate, is given here.

“The Normans in Somerset” 7.30pm Thursday 21st March

If you came to the Alfred in Somerset lecture last year,

you’ll know that Chris Eldridge is an excellent speaker.

Neighbourhood Plan – Next Steps – 27th March

There will be an open meeting in the village hall to discuss the next steps in preparing a neighbourhood plan for Westbury.  See this  poster for details.

Village Meeting to Progress the Neighbourhood Plan 27th March

There will be a meeting in the village hall on 27th March  to consider the next steps in developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Westbury.  Hold the date!   More details later.

Housing Needs Survey

All households in Westbury should, by now, have received a copy of a Housing Needs Survey which is being conducted by an independent company ( CNB Housing Insights) on behalf of the parish council.  The survey is a key step towards developing a neighbourhood plan for the village which, once agreed, improves our chances of influencing how Westbury will develop over the next 10 – 20 years.  We need there to be a good response if the plan is to be seen as representative of village opinion.

Although the paper survey may look a little lengthy it is very easy to complete, particularly if it is done on line. I completed mine in just under eight minutes.

Easton Pop Up Cafe – Oxfam Gaza Appeal

Colleagues in Easton have asked me to draw attention to a pop up cafe in Easton on Saturday 10th February. Details on the poster here

Friday 26 January – At last – ‘Oppenheimer’ in the village hall

Dear all,

At last we can present Oppenheimer on the Westbury big screen. It’s the big one you’ve all been waiting for – winner of 5 Golden Globes and nominated for 13 Oscars. This blockbuster runs for nearly three hours so we shall start projecting earlier than usual at 7.45pm, but fear not – there will be the usual drinks and nibbles . We’ll just be there from 7pm rather than 7.30, so still time to chat and meet up with your neighbours.

The story, just in case you’ve been completely ignoring all media these last few months –

During World War II, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer is appointed to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world’s first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history.

And the critics say –

That the director, Christopher Nolan, turned this most devastating of stories into a riveting pop culture phenomenon without ceding one inch on its tragic dimensions is surely an achievement for the ages.

What Nolan has put before our eyes definitively deserves to be seen, as does Cillian Murphy’s performance in the role of Oppenheimer and the irreconcilable but fantastic Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Lewis Strauss.

Every scene feels like a cataclysm waiting to happen, fitting for a film that builds, step-by-step, to the creation of a cataclysm machine. Oppenheimer both summons awe for what it took to build the bomb and for the changes it wrought.

Nolan captures that theoretical aspect of Oppenheimer on the screen in very personal moments… that energy, that swirl of passion in the unknown it’s all there, and it is phenomenal to watch.

Epic in scale and substance, writer-director Christopher Nolan has arguably produced the best film of his impressive career. He delivers a nuanced script … and turns a complex and defining moment in history into a pulse-pounding thriller.

This is a complex look at a complicated man, but Oppenheimer unequivocally establishes that this is a story worth telling — and that Nolan was the perfect filmmaker to do it.

So do come and if you’ve already seen it you’ll know that it’s worth a second viewing. Tickets £8 to include your first drink, in the village shop or on the door.

Sandbags (again)

A reminder that we still have a number of sandbags available for collection at Old Ditch Farm.  They can be very helpful diverting water away from your property during periods of heavy rain which appear to be increasingly frequent.  Owing to a miscalculation on my part we have to charge £2.00 each rather than £1.50 (they contain 20 kilos, not 10 ) but the good news is that Graeme, Dyland and Toby have filled them for you and all you have to do is pick them up. Call me (870531) or Ian Metcalf (870262) to arrange when.

Stock up on Sandbags

The wet weather is causing a lot of localised flooding in the village and this problem seems likely to become more common in the future.  With that in mind the Friendly Society has arranged for a supply of sandbags to be made available, along with sand to fill them.  If any residents would like to avail themselves of an emergency supply, they can pick up and fill the bags (approx. 10 Kg.) at Old Ditch Farm at a cost of £1.50 each.  The money will enable us to purchase more should supply exceed the quantity available or reimburse the Friendly Society.

To avail yourself of this facility please contact Mick Fletcher (870531) or Ian Metcalf (870262).


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