Maldon Life Article March 2015

Firstly this month I must apologise to those of you who were expecting a film afternoon at the Centre in February. Unfortunately due to a lack of volunteers, for various reasons, we were on that occasion unable to hold it. I do hope you weren’t too disappointed.

 However for March it was clearly important to get ourselves up and running with our first film of the season and I am delighted to announce that not only do we have enough volunteers, the film is booked too.  Yes; we have “Paddington” on its release weekend to DVD and will be showing it on Sunday 29th March at 3PM.

With excellent reviews, I know I am personally looking forward to seeing it and I expect we are going to be pretty busy on the day what with it being a fairly new release and a film that seems to appeal to children and adults alike. Bears get us like that! With that in mind, if you want to be certain of a seat then prior ticket purchase will ensure you get in on the day.  Alternatively take your chances and just turn up but remember you may be disappointed if we sell out as we expect to.

On the day itself “Help for Lone Parents” the charity run by Lindsay Young, will once again kindly be providing refreshments and confectionary, for sale to our younger guests, with “Teas and Coffees” available for our older clientele courtesy of myself and others for a mere 50p each.

Adrian Stockton from Blackwater U3A has once again kindly volunteered to be our projectionist for the afternoon so we are in safe and experienced hands and are extremely grateful to him and the U3A for the loan of their equipment.  I am hoping he’ll be putting together one of his special introductory films for viewing, prior to commencement of the film at 3pm, so you may be lucky!

So for tickets, call Debbie on 07823 777201. As previous sales through the Tourist Information Centre were limited, we are handling sales, in house only, on this occasion. If I’m not available leave your name and telephone number and I’ll call you back as soon as possible.  Pricing is yet to be confirmed at time of going to press but as a non-profit enterprise for the community, it won’t be too expensive. Previously it was £5 for 2 adults and 2 children, I don’t envisage there being a vast increase but we do need to ensure we don’t run at a loss.  As soon as the cost has been finalised, details will be posted on the website along with the film posters, located around the community centre .and at various locations around Maldon so keep your eyes open for them.

Don’t forget, put the date in your diaries, organise the children and grandchildren for a great Sunday afternoon treat on the 29th.   See you there we hope.

Saturday 14th March sees our second Quiz night of the year. Another entertaining evening at the centre, which will see plenty of questions to test the grey matter and plenty of laughs when you play your joker on the wrong set of questions.  I always do that!  At £3.50 a head, take your own food and drinks have a cheap night out and maybe prizes……..  It all kicks off at8pm. Teams of up to 6 people.

Now last month I introduced you to an exceptional artist at the centre “Lodewyk Pretor”. This is just to remind you that his lessons are held on Thursday evenings 7pm – 9pm in the Jubilee Lounge.        If you are looking to improve your artistic skills then Lodewyk has extensive experience in this field. Don’t forget he is offering a free first lesson for you to see firsthand how he is able to help, with subsequent classes from £10, less if paid in advance. Spaces are limited so get in touch now to book your place.