Archive for April, 2012

SpeedWatch resumes.

After a long break, SpeedWatch has resumed in Foxearth. Following a request for volunteers, organised by Peter Routley who has now taken over as Village Co-ordinator for the scheme, over a dozen residents put their names forward . Following a meeting on Tuesday 24th April, the first training sessions were set up with a view to being fully operational early in May. SpeedWatch takes place at random times between April and October its objective being to persuade motorists to reduce their speed when going through the village. The scheme always needs volunteers, so if you have a few hours a month to spare between April and October and would like to be part of SpeedWatch, please contact Peter on his e mail account at


The e-mail circulation list.

The e mail circulation list for Foxearth and Liston now reaches about two thirds  of residents and although used primarily by the Parish Council to distribute its information, it has occasionally been used to promote some Village events and societies.  It follows therefore that such a facility is open to others in the Parish, free of charge, to use to promote  community and social happenings or spread news.

If you wish to make use of this facility, please send the  copy to or and we will happily send  it out for you. If you also wish your news to go on the website, please state that fact and we will post it for you.

If you are not on the e mail circulation list and would like to be, please send your details, again to Clive Waite and you will be added to the database to receive future mailings.

The database of e mail address is operated according to the rules and policies of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Parish Council is registered with the Office of the  Information Commissioner.

Pentlow Film Club – April 2012

This month we showed a nice big audience a film starring Colin Firth, A Single Man. This came before The King’s Speech swept the board of Oscars and Baftas, and got rather buried in all the acclamations. This was something of a pity, I felt, as Colin Firth showed himself to be a very fine actor indeed in a demanding role, supported magnificently by the lovely Julianne Moore. It may be that the film was not so universally popular because of the subject matter – a long term gay relationship broken by death; in fact it was about love, and bereavement, and the dreadful loneliness of grief that cannot be shared. The poignancy of being excluded from the funeral of his partner by the family because of the nature of the relationship made the point very powerfully. The film follows him through what he has decided is his last day, unable to bear the pain any more; We meet each moment of that last day, the mental farewell to everything and everyone with the intensity of last encounters. I am not going to tell you what happens at the end of the day: do watch the film when you can.

The backdrop context to the film is the Cuban missile crisis, so that his private devastation is played out against the public panic, which adds to his loneliness: he is the only man in Los Angeles who doesn’t care a pin what happens. The Director, Tom Ford, is new to films, coming from the fashion industry. His photography and direction makes great use of flashback and dream sequences, which are effective and beautiful, and add to the atmosphere of nothing being quite what it seems. Some people, I think, found it a little unclear, or hard to follow.

After the May film, a nice romp on 19th, we stop for the summer. We have been through five seasons now, and enjoyed every single one of them; so come and join us for the sixth, beginning on FRIDAY 21 September. We will be having our AGM in July as usual, when you are welcome to join us, and get a preview of the new programme. Details will come in good time.

Isobel Clark