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Gin and Jazz – 22nd September 2018

Gin and Jazz

Gin and Jazz on Saturday 22nd September 2018





Jazz FM Review



Join us on Saturday 22nd September for an indulgent evening of scrumptious gin, delectable nibbles, jazz, glamour and fabulousness!

Doors open at 7:00pm for a gin cocktail, G&T or soft drink, ploughman’s platter and mingling, ready to indulge your senses with this enchanting jazz band, who are joining us directly from their summertime weekly set at The Tate Britain.

The FB Pocket Orchestra takes its listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dances of the 1920/30s & earlier. The members originally began playing together in various FB Music & Media projects and officially began playing as The FB Pocket Orchestra in 2012.

We are also bringing to the Village Hall an exclusive gin bar for the evening, with 15 speciality gins to tantalise your tastebuds and fully bring to life the era and atmosphere. Our usual bar will of course be available for anyone who is not a gin lover.

Please email to book, payment in advance is required. Please note, the bars are cash only.

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Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FB Pocket Orchestra became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in October. The aims of the orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.



About Time – 15 January 2014

Rockbourne Village Hall Film Night showing About Time

A British romantic comedy to brighten a dark January

Written and Directed by: Richard Curtis (‘Notting Hill’, ‘Love Actually’, ‘Four Weddings…’)

Starring: Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Lindsay Duncan, Rachel McAdams, Tom Hollander

2013, UK, Cert 12A, 2h 3m

Film £5.
Doors and bar open 7:00pm, Film 7:30, Supper 9:45
Latest bookings 1200 noon Sunday 12th January – pay at the door.
Bookings: or phone: Lucy Matthews 01725 518695
Future possibles: Philomena; Le Weekend; Rush; Captain Phillips; Mandela

At the age of 21, Tim (Irish actor Domhnal Gleeson – Levin in ‘Anna Karenina’ and Will Weasley in ‘Harry Potter’) is told by his father (the wonderful Bill Nighy, so touching and funny in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’) that, through a family inherited trait, he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision – to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend – turns out not to be as easy as you might think. The lovely Rachel McAdams – possibly the most beautiful face in cinema – is once again cast among the Time Travellers, after her heart stopping embodiment as ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’, and as Inez in ‘Midnight in Paris’.

Richard Curtis is almost a one man British Film industry success, and, as the Daily Telegraph says: “you don’t go to Curtis for polished storytelling and intellectual rigour. You go to him for films to nestle in, where you can spend two hours dreaming that you live in a house as elegantly rumpled as the Lake family’s Cornish retreat, quilts and all, and spend your evenings skipping through west London in fancy dress, and pass long and lazy summers drinking tea on the beach and playing ping pong in the garage with Bill Nighy. It’s great to be challenged and needled and stung by cinema, but watching a film needn’t always be a battle; Time is on your side.”

If that sounds like a recommendation, it should. ‘About Time’ is a gentle romantic comedy, and a timely delight.
John Crome

Behind the Candelabra – 20th November 2013

Film Night - Behind the Candelabra

Directed by:
Steven Soderbergh

Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reyolds Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe, Scott Bakula


USA, Cert 15
Running Time: 1h 58m


Film £5.
Doors and bar open 7:00pm, Film 7:30, Supper 9:30
Latest bookings 1200 noon Sunday 17th November – pay at the door.
Bookings: or phone: Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“addictively funny and watchable” – The Guardian

“impossible to take one’s eyes off “Michael Douglas in fine Liberace biopic” – The Telegraph

“Too much of a good thing is just wonderful”

When in 1956 Cassandra in the Daily Mirror described the pianist and entertainer Liberace (then the most highly paid musician in the world) as “…the summit of sex—the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she, and it can ever want… a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love.” Liberace, in reply, sent him a telegram that read: “What you said hurt me very much. I cried all the way to the bank” – thus coining one of the most famous and apt quips in the history of show business.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s (‘Oceans 11-13’) film is wonderful evocation of the relationship between Liberace, played by the dazzling Michael Douglas, who won the ‘Emmy’ for his performance in a beautifully written role, communicating the complexity of a real human being, not just a two-dimensional celebrity, and his live-in lover Scott Thorson. The script, which is based on Scott’s autobiography, is a sort of gay Pygmalion – call it My Fair Laddie – in which Liberace moulds Scott (Matt Damon, who played the alpha-male Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity etc.) into a replica of himself. And remember that behind the candelabra, the flounce and the froth and the sequins Liberace was an accomplished pianist, so the film is filled with great tunes and music by Marvin Hamlisch, great sets and lavish over the top yummyness… But this film is more, much more.
John Crome


Next event: Rockbourne Christmas Party Friday 13th December