The Rockbourne Village Hall stained glass window
Rockbourne Village Hall

Rockbourne Village Hall Drinks Party


6.30PM – 8.30PM

Entry by advance booking only!


With lockdown restrictions having finally been lifted, this will be a perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and even make new ones.

The village hall has been freshly decorated and has a new heating system (hopefully not required in August), the perfect venue for getting together to relax and enjoy good conversations, all washed down with a drink of course.

All Rockbourne residents and regular film night supporters are welcome (sorry, over 18’s only), so please come and join us!

All Rockbourne residents and regular filmcomers are welcome!

Numbers are strictly limited and on a first come first served basis, so please book early to secure your place (by Sunday 15th August at the latest) by contacting
Joy Wood on 01725 518475.

Sometimes Always Never – 18th March 2020

Film Night – Sometimes Always Never

Film Night - Sometimes Always Never

2018 Comedy/Drama – 91 mins, Cert 12A

Director: Carl Hunter

Starring: Bill Nighy, Alice Lowe,

Jenny Agutter, Sam Riley

Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Released in February 2019, SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER is a British comedy drama, in which a father searches for his son, who walked out on the family years before after an argument about a game of Scrabble.


If you are a habitual three button suit jacket wearer, as I am sure we all are, then you will know the etiquette from top to bottom: you may, according to fashion and style of jacket, sometimes do up the top button, but always use the middle button for its original purpose, that is to be a button; however never, under any circumstances, button up the bottom button which is there for one purpose – to be the third button. None of which will come as any surprise if you are in the expert hands of master-tailor, the immaculate Alan played in this delightfully whimsical British film by that master of “ever so humble” hand wringing, Bill Nighy.

However, in ‘Sometimes Always Never’ Alan is in charge. He is searching for his son who disappeared while playing a game of Scrabble – (in my view a game that is both the waste of a good education and time). As usual with good comedy, there is an underlying sense of peril and potential tragedy, beautifully handled by Nighy and supported by Jenny Agutter, sans wimple, and Sam Riley as the non-disappeared son Peter.

With his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with Peter and solve the mystery of the online player whom Alan thinks might be Michael, so that he can finally move on to reunite his family.

A suspenseful, quasi-thriller with outstanding performances. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words.

John Crome

Click here to read about Sometimes Always Never on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30pm £6 Supper 9:15pm £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door Last bookings 12:00 Sunday 15th March

Next RVH FILM NIGHT: WED 15th APRIL Film: Official Secrets

Judy – 19th February 2020

Film Night – Judy

Drama – 118 mins – Cert 12A

Director: Rupert Goold

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley

Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Released in October 2019, JUDY is a drama, based on real events, which concerns US singer and actress Judy Garland’s arrival in England to perform a series of concerts in 1968.

What is it about Judy Garland that has kept generations in thrall? Undoubtedly it is her voice; resonating with a unique melancholy, even when partnering Micky Rooney in the Andy Hardy movies of the 1930s. And why did she become such an icon for young gay men? Rupert Goold’s splendid film JUDY, based on the play ‘The End of the Rainbow’ by Peter Quilter, goes a long way to answering these questions. Of course, the ‘Rainbow’ is the one at the end of the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ that leads to ‘Oz’. I can never hear this song by Arlen and Harburg without succumbing to a few tears; it’s that yearning for the possibility of a better world to which the song and this moving film give expression.

Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones) very bravely sings this and all the numbers herself, when modern dubbing technique would have made it possible to use Judy’s originals. In 1968 Judy, broke and close to despair, took an engagement to perform in London at the Talk of the Town. The theatre sold out, largely to the young gay men of Soho; at that time Old Compton Street was home to a dozen Italian grocer shops (before they became delicatessens), the Helvetia was a refreshment stop for peripatetic striptease artists and the Admiral Duncan was just a boozer. Zellweger is simply stupendous in this award-winning performance, and Jesse Buckley manages to steal a scene or two. The film is moving, rewarding and an accurate depiction of the West End in the late sixties. And if you ever get a chance to see ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ (Vincente Minnelli 1944) you will appreciate why Judy Garland is such an enduring star.

John Crome

Click here to read about Judy on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30pm £6, Supper 9:45pm £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 12:00 Sunday 16th February

Next RVH FILM NIGHT: WED 18 MAR, film Sometimes Always Never

Also note: ROCKBOURNE VILLAGE HALL AGM 22 JAN 7:00PM AT THE VILLAGE HALL – Rockbourne residents welcome

Colette – 15th January 2020

Film Night - Colette - 15th January 2020Film Night – Colette


Drama, 109 mins

Cert 15 (sexual scenes, nudity)


Wash Westmoreland

Cast includes:

Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West




Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

This month’s film night – COLETTE – is a period drama in which a young woman successfully fights for recognition after her first books are published, unwillingly, under her husband’s name, becoming a literary rebel who scandalised turn-of-the-century Paris with her sex life.

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873 -1954,) was a self- proclaimed country girl who wrote scandalous and closely observed novels about a stratum of French society. She married three times and had several children, but it is her devotion to several notable women which, together with her relationship with her second husband’s 16-year old son, caused her notoriety in the Paris of the fin-de-siècle epoch. This beautiful and sensitively made film by British couple Wash Westmoreland and his late husband Richard Glatzer stars Keira Knightley at her best. Witty, deeply intelligent and sensitive, we share her fury at her first husband, strongly played by the always terrific Dominic West, who effectively steals her identity and bullies her to have her early books authored by himself but under a sort of trade mark ‘Willy’.

Colette’s literary fame extended to novels, short stories, memoirs and essays, and, as a journalist, she reported on everything from domestic violence to the front lines of the first World War, from anorexia to literature. She devised silent film scenarios, wrote a libretto for a Ravel opera, and scripted pantomimes – in which she acted. She was a successful mime and dancer and was for a while the literary editor of the newspaper Le Matin.

After Proust’s death many called Colette the most talented writer in France. She was nominated for the 1948 Nobel Prize in literature and was the first French female writer to be given a state funeral. No film could begin to do justice to the range of her genius, but our film wisely does not try, focusing instead on her eventful enough late teens and early 20s.

Engrossing, challenging, adult entertainment of the highest level, don’t miss Colette.

John Crome

Click here to read about Colette on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30pm £6, Supper 9:30pm £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 12th January

Next RVH Events:

WED 22 JAN at 7:00pm in the Village Hall: ROCKBOURNE VILLAGE HALL AGM;

WED 19 FEB: FILM NIGHT, film tbd.



Rockbourne Village Hall Christmas Party 2019

Christmas Party

Friday 13th December 2019

Rockbourne Village Hall

Welcome Prosecco in the Gallery from 7:30pm


Dinner 8:00pm

Home Made Potted Shrimps

White wine: Paul Mas Sauvignon Viognier

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Roast Gammon, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Petits Pois

Red wine: Borgodei Trulli Salice Salentino

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Pudding wine: Monbazillac Chateau Bari 2016

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Cheese and Chocs

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☺Half bottle of wine per person included

☺ Tickets £22.50 + Extra wine at £12 / Bottle

Western Downlands residents and regular filmcomers welcome

Bookings by Tuesday 10th December – Prepayment only by BACS, cheque or cash

Book your place with our booking form only please, download it here

Yesterday – 20th November 2019

Film Night - Yesterday Yesterday

2019 Feature – 113 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Romance, Music, Fantasy

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ana de Armas, Kate McKinnon, Sanjeev Bhaskar








Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Summary: YESTERDAY is a romantic comedy in which a man wakes up after an accident and finds he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles.

Danny Boyle, the director of Yesterday, is perhaps among the very few British helmsmen who is internationally recognised for his genius. Who will forget his opening ceremony for the London Olympics? His last film Slumdog Millionaire was sheer joy, and now his latest high-concept movie, Yesterday, arrives in Rockbourne to delight us all. Master of the romantic comedy, writer Richard Curtis weaves his usual spell around a charming bitter-sweet story laced with memorable Beatles music. Here the nostalgia is not the currently popular yearning for a Britain that never existed, no, the Beatles definitely did exist, and they wrote some wonderful songs.

Jack Mallik, a not very successful musician, played with charming insouciance by Himesh Patel, using skill honed during years of acting on EastEnders, wakes from an accident to the realisation that he, alone in the whole world, remembers the Beatles. So, he pretends that the songs are his – who wouldn’t? There is a tear-inducing sequence in the film when he introduces Paul McCartney’s ‘Yesterday’ as his own. In addition to the superb directing and clever script, remember this is a ‘romantic comedy’ and nobody is better than Curtis at conjuring up love in unusual circumstances. And who is better than delightful Lily James at melting hearts and conquering audiences with her infinite charms.

OH, and Ed Sheeran pops up as himself.

Escape the (so far) gruesome autumn with us at Rockbourne film night.

John Crome

Click here to read about Yesterday on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 17th November

Next RVH Event: save the date Friday 13th December for ROCKBOURNE CHRISTMAS PARTY. Notice to follow: bookings will be accepted only with prior payment. 

Red Joan – 16th October 2019

Red Joan - RVH Film Night

Red Joan

2018 Feature – 99 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Drama

Director: Trevor Nunn

Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Alfie Allen, Kim Allen, Stephen Boxer, Olivia Buckland, Stephen Campbell Moore

Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

‘Red Joan’ is adapted from Jennie Rooney’s 2013 novel of the same name, inspired by the real-life case of Melita Norwood, the scientific researcher who was in 1999 unmasked as a former Soviet spy.

Out of the blue, a respectable suburban old lady called Joan (Judy Dench) receives a visit from the Special Branch, is arrested for breaching the Official Secrets Act and taken away for questioning.

The questioning triggers extended flashback sequences to Joan as a super-bright Cambridge University physics graduate, interspersed with returns to the older Joan’s interrogation. The young Joan (Sophie Cookson), idealistic, delectable and naïve, is dazzled by worldly, sophisticated student Sonja (Tereza Srbova). Sonja is a member of an anti-war group of idealistic communist sympathisers worried about the possibility of nuclear war. Through this group Joan meets Leo (Tom Hughes), a highly active sympathiser, with whom she has a brief fling. She is later recruited to work in a secret atomic research facility and works as PA to an attractive older professor Max (Stephen Campbell Moore).

The rest, we leave until October 16th….

David Glasgow

Click here to read about Red Joan on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:15 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 13th October

Next film 20th November: TBD. We have decided not to show Bohemian Rhapsody as planned as It has now been extensively shown in the local area. Apologies to those who were looking forward to seeing it with us.

Fisherman’s Friends – 18th September 2019

Film Night - Fisherman's FriendsFisherman’s Friends

2018 Feature – 109 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy

Director: Chris Foggin

Stars: Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy

Christopher Villiers, Daniel Mays,

Noel Clarke, Christian Brassington







Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of prosecco

Quite often we find it difficult to find a film that we think is both worthwhile and that will appeal to our Rockbourne audience. But there were no such qualms when choosing Fisherman’s Friends for our first film of the autumn season. This is a warm-hearted, uplifting, and very funny comedy based on a true story.

Danny, (the always terrific Daniel Mays) is a brash and cocky recording manager for the mega music company Universal Records. As a wind-up and to bring him down a peg or two, his boss Troy (Noel Clarke) gets him to sign up Fisherman’s Friends, a Cornish sea-shanty-singing amateur ten-man choir. Danny falls in love with them, completely unaware that Troy’s instruction was never serious. However, the album that Danny produces becomes a surprise top-ten hit.

A laugh a minute, lovely and familiar songs, Cornish scenery and some well-loved British character actors, including James Purefoy and David Hayman, make this film a not to-be-missed, delight.

John Crome

Click here to read about Fisherman’s Friend on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 15th September

Next film 16th October: Bohemian Rhapsody

Summer Sizzle 19th July 2019

Summer Sizzle event

Summer Sizzle

Friday 19th July
A sultry evening of jazz and summer sizzle

The FB Pocket Orchestra

The FB Pocket OrchestraThe FB Pocket Orchestra takes its listeners back to the days of hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances, with their cool and confident sounding music. They have no trouble in capturing the genres of the 1930s, the 1920s and even earlier. In their discography you can clearly hear the glamour and style of these eras. It is atmospheric, yet vibrant, and these two qualities together combine to make great music, meaning that the FB Pocket Orchestra are perfect for almost any social environment.

Doors: 7pm

Bar: Cash bar until 10.30pm

Music: 8 – 10pm

Close: 10.30pm

Tickets: £15 including first drink and a BBQ sizzler. Accompanied children under 16 free.

Bookings: By advance payment only (BACS, cheque, cash)


Enquiries: Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Click here to download the flyer

Classical Music Concert – Peter Stark and Friends

Rockbourne Village Hall Summer Events 2019

Friday 28th June

Peter Stark, Conductor, & Friends – A Classical Music Concert

Peter Stark and FriendsPeter Stark is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music and Rehearsal Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. With a renowned international reputation as a teacher, Peter travels extensively to teach and conduct famous youth orchestras around the world, and has been a consultant for BBC television and radio productions. Peter lives in Rockbourne when he is not travelling, and the concert on 28th June is the product of four days’ work with students in Rockbourne Village Hall – his 60th conducting course in the UK alone. 12 musician friends of Peter’s will perform pieces by Haydn and Richard Strauss.
Classical Music Concert

Doors: 7pm

Bar: Cash bar until 10pm

Music: 7.30 – 9.30pm

Close: 10pm

Tickets: £10

Bookings: By advance payment only (BACS, cheque, cash)


Enquiries: Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Download the flyer for this event here