Saturday, 16 October 2021

Can you help?

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Message from Andy Snell, The Cliffe

Can anyone recommend a JCB driver…possibly just for a day to dig a wildlife pond.  Thanks,  Andy

Corona virus update from Shropshire Council

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Latest corona virus update from Shropshire Council.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Meet Kate Humble at Booka Bookshop

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Message from Booka Bookshop.

TV Presenter Kate Humble comes to Oswestry this November!
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Booka Presents

Thursday 11th November  7.30pm (doors 6.45pm)

Holroyd Community Theatre
Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

Live 'In Person' Event.

Join us for an evening in the company of Kate Humble – farmer, best-selling author, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK's best-known and loved TV presenters, as she talks about her latest book A Year of Living Simply.

What is the route to real, deep, long lasting happiness? Could it be that our lives have just become overly crowded, that we've lost sight of the things – the simple things – that give a sense of achievement, a feeling of joy or excitement? That make us happy. Do we need to take a step back, reprioritise? Do we need to make our lives more simple?

Kate Humble's fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring – and will help us all find balance and happiness every day.

Kate has been appearing on our TV screens for over 20 years specialising in wildlife, science and travel programmes, most recently A Country Life for Half the Price and Kate Humble's Coastal Britain. Her book Thinking on My Feet: The small joy of putting one foot in front of another was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. A Year of Living Simply was published in paperback in June this year.

Don't miss this opportunity to catch up with Kate as she makes a welcome return to Oswestry!

Event Format:

Kate Humble will talk 'in conversation' about her book, life on the farm and her TV career.  This will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Tickets: £12 (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Year of Living Simply) or £20 (Admits Two, includes one signed copy of A Year of Living Simply).

Please share news of this event with your family and friends. Thank you.

Tim, Carrie & the Booka Team

Tickets: £12 (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Year of Living Simply) or £20 (Admits Two, includes one signed copy of A Year of Living Simply).

Purchase Tickets Online (with booking fee) here


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Message via social media

Help in the garden, Helen Venn

Dear Blogger

I have had several enquiries about help in the garden from people who have managed their own plot for many years.  However, some of us are not as stretchy and bendy and strong in the arm as we used to be.

On 9th September I sent out information about Helen Venn, a gardener who had been recommended.  Someone on the mailing list booked her for a couple of hours and was pleased with her efficient work of weeding and cutting and tying back, and has booked her for a further 4 hours.

Helen charges £15 an hour but does not charge for travelling, however, she does have a lot of work on.

I have recently set up my own little gardening business, general garden maintenance, weeding, lawn mowing etc for established gardens that need maintaining.

 Ideal for owners that, perhaps, can no longer, for all sorts of reasons, keep on top of things themselves. But that also know what their garden needs are and want someone reliable, trustworthy and friendly to carry out their gardening care.

I have attached my details, it would be lovely to hear from you.

Kind regards

Helen Venn

Helen's Garden Care

01743 362911

07531 154077

Perhaps there is an opening for a keen gardener in the village to set up a similar business.

Kinokulture, Oswestry independent cinema newsletter

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Message from Kinokulture, forwarded by Ingrid Knowles, Oswestry Net

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Just a quick reminder of what is showing on our screen this week 14th - 21st October.

Please scroll down to find out more & we hope to see you soon.

For the ongoing safety of our staff, visitors & customers we have kept in place the majority of our Covid-19 safety measures. We encourage everyone to wear face coverings when moving around the building but these can be removed once seated in the auditorium.

The automatic social distancing has been slightly reduced and now blocks off one seat either side of a booking so please do think about this when choosing your seats so that we can minimise the amount of unbookable seats.

We ask everyone visiting or working in kinokulture to be aware of the latest advice from the UK Government on COVID-19, and to follow that advice to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Please read our Covid-19 Safety Measures before booking your tickets:

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Screening from 14th - 21st October
kinokulture cinema

9 Arthur Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1JN
Romantic Road (12A)

Thursday 14th October  7:30pm

One classic Rolls Royce, one vintage British couple, 5000 miles across modern-day India ... this is your last chance to join us on the journey with this gentle and insightful documentary.

Tucked away in the south of England, Rupert & Jan Grey have been living their lives the way they see fit. Rupert (66) is a practicing lawyer & photographer, Jan (66) a bereavement visitor. They have raised three daughters in an old drafty cottage and retirement is on the horizon.

At this pivotal moment, they are invited to a human rights festival in Bangladesh as guests of honor and they decide to drive there in their family car - a notoriously battered 1936 Rolls Royce. Rupert believes in sabbaticals not retirement, so they ship the Rolls to Mumbai and motor across India to Dhaka. They fall into company with tea-wallahs and maharajahs, dodge tribal conflicts and battle border officials ultimately landing their car in the hands of the Bangladeshi Customs.

Rupert & Jan are living proof you can live your dreams no matter how odd, wild or crazy they might be - a rare glimpse into a uniquely inspired expedition that redefines later-life. Side by side, they drove for six months and covered over 5000 miles. Though Rupert was at the wheel, Jan quietly propels the journey with a gentle strength and we witness their lasting love grow stronger through this incredible experience.

Run Time 1 hour 20 mins


Friday 15th & Saturday 16th October  7:30pm

"Copshop feels like something Quentin Tarantino and John Carpenter might have dreamt up if they ever got together, particularly if they bumped into In Bruges director Martin McDonagh along the way." Mail On Sunday ***

On the run from a lethal assassin, a wily con artist devises a scheme to hide out inside a small-town police station—but when the hitman turns up at the precinct, an unsuspecting rookie cop finds herself caught in the crosshairs.

Screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler): He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can't protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation.

"Echoes of Quentin Tarantino, the noir B-movies of the 1950s and a couple of iconic westerns are all swirling around inside this guilty pleasure cop flick from Joe Carnahan." Times UK ***

"A lean, mean, 70s-inspired action thriller." Observer

Run Time: 1 hour 48 mins

Exhibition On Screen: Raphael Revealed (PG)

Sunday 17th October 2:00pm

A welcome return to Exhibition On Screen with their new season of films, opening with Raphael Revealed.

Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, the greatest exhibition ever held of his works took place in Rome. Exhibition on Screen was granted exclusive access to this once-in-a-lifetime show. With over two hundred masterpieces, including paintings and drawings – over a hundred of which have been brought together for the first time – this major exhibition celebrates the life and work of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.
With unprecedented loans from the Louvre, Uffizi, National Gallery of Art, the Prado Museum and more, the exhibition and this film provide an unprecedented opportunity to see the breadth of Raphael's skill, creativity and ingenuity. Award-winning director Phil Grabsky provides a fresh look at this giant of the Renaissance, and shows why he is considered one of the all-time greats.

The film covers his life in Rome, and includes unique footage of the ancient Rome that was such a powerful influence, including rare footage of Nero's Golden House that Raphael himself visited. More than just a painter, Raphael was one of the most extraordinary artists of the Renaissance but is often misunderstood or mythologised. On the basis of this extraordinary exhibition in Rome, this film allows Raphael, for the first time, to be truly revealed.

''… the most influential of European artists and his works still speak to us today…" FT Weekend

Run Time: 88 mins

Oswestry Film Society Screening

Tuesday 19th October  7:30pm

French actor Eva Green (Casino Royale) gives a stunning performance as Sarah, a woman trying to balance her work as an astronaut preparing for a year-long stint on the ISS with her family life as mother to an eight-year-old daughter, Stella.  Filmed at actual european astronaut training facilities, 'Proxima' ignores the technical and focuses on the emotional, looking at the human cost to Sarah and Stella and how they reconcile ambition with family responsibilities.  A moving character study cum drama, 'Proxima' never loses sight of the mother and child relationship at the heart of Alice Winocour's beautiful film.

"Featuring an intimate, truly heartfelt performance by Eva Green, the film tackles issues of abandonment, desire, and a really understated look at how motherly love can never be put to words" High on Film

Film run time: 1 hour 47 mins

English subtitles

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Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st October. 7:30pm

"By far and away our favourite film of the year so far, Gagarine is a unique film that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions" - Ruth & Ian kinokulture cinema

The everyday wonders of the world around us dazzle in this thrilling feature debut, about a young Parisian whose dreams are far from Earthbound. Our favourite film of the year so far!

Yuri lives in Cité Gagarine, a vast housing project in Ivry-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris. It was opened in the 1960s by the famous Russian cosmonaut, after whom both the building and its young resident are named. Now in a state of disrepair, the building is to be torn down, but this once-thriving hotbed of leftist political activism still hosts a community of residents unhappy at having to leave. None more so than Yuri, who not only figures out a way to stay beyond the council-mandated evacuation order, but to create his own orbital spacecraft within it.

Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh have skilfully adapted their acclaimed short into an inventive, frequently funny and moving drama. The themes they contend with – racism, social and economic inequality, community action – are handled with an impressive lightness of touch and carried mostly by newcomer Alséni Bathily's accomplished central performance, allowing us to accompany Yuri on his increasingly otherworldly journey. Beautifully shot by Victor Seguin, Gagarine is a dazzling and wholly original take on modern-day city life.

"This terrific first feature from Fanny Liatard combines psychogeography with fantasy to create something rather unusual and lovely." **** Wendy Ide - The Observer

"Free of cliché, visually ingenious, Gagarine is a pleasure - pure magic realism, a homespun spectacular." *****
Danny Leigh - Financial Times

Film Run time: 95 mins

French with English subtitles

This October will be our first year as a partner venue for the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival and we are really excited to be presenting three fantastic films alongside three short films by award winning up & coming film makers. We hope you will join us in supporting the fantastic work that Geoff & Peter do in supporting the community and showcasing the work of LGBTQ + filmmakers  with the festival.

Sweetheart + Found Family (15)

Opening Night Film Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

Friday 22nd October  7:30pm

For our opening night film of the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival we are pleased to present the award winning feature debut 'Sweetheart' alongside our Short Film Official Selection 'Found Family'.

We are very pleased to welcome The Mayor Of Oswestry, Councillor Mark Jones, to open our festival screenings.


Marley Morrison's knockout debut feature 'Sweetheart' is a sharply observed coming-of-age story that will make you wince and laugh in painful recognition of universal truths. 17-year-old AJ (Nell Barlow) is not one of life's shiny, happy people. A family holiday at a caravan park in Dorset is her idea of hell. A moody misfit, she dresses for concealment and lets everyone know that she would rather be anywhere else. Then she spies flirty, free-spirited lifeguard Isla (Ella-Rae Smith) who might just be the girl of her dreams. Can AJ dare to take a first step on the road to happiness?

A festival favourite which debuted at the BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival & Best First Feature at Inside Out Toronto.

Run time: 1 hour 34 mins

Sweetheart will be screened with Audio Described subtitles for the Hard Of Hearing.

Found Family
Found Family is a short film written by Cassandra Burge and directed by Esmée Lavalette. Found Family follows Elyse and her issues on how to come out to her homophobic parents and wanting to meet her long distance girlfriend for the first time. This is an exciting queer story that will resonate with a lot of people within the LGBTQ+ community, but other audiences as well.

Run time: 12.36 mins

Total Run Time: 1 hour 57 mins

My Beautiful Laundrette + Rhiw Goch (On The Red Hill)  (15)
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

Saturday 23rd October. 7:30pm

For this year's Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival we are pleased to bring Hanif Kureishi's acclaimed drama 'My Beautiful Laundrette' back to the big screen alongside our Short Film Official Selection 'Rhiw Goch' (On The Red Hill).

My Beautiful Laundrette

"In Stephen Frears' ground-breaking and hugely successful drama, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), the son of a Pakistani immigrant to the UK, embarks on a venture to renovate his uncle's laundrette with the help of his childhood friend, ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis). My Beautiful Laundrette remains ground-breaking in its bold exploration of issues of sexuality, race, class and generational difference.

Originally shot in 16mm for Channel 4 on a low budget, it was met with such critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Film Festival that it was distributed to cinemas and eventually became an international success.Heralded as one of Britain's most commercially and critically successful films of 1986, it earned Hanif Kureishi an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay as well as launching the career of Daniel Day-Lewis.

My Beautiful Laundrette's international success helped establish Channel 4's fledgling feature film production arm, Film on Four, and confirmed a move away from television single drama. In 1999 The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century." BFI

"Superbly acted by Day-Lewis and Jaffrey, skillfully directed, My Beautiful Laundrette is timely, provocative and unique." **** Empire Magazine

"My Beautiful Laundrette is still fresh and remains a model case for creating moving, liberating cinema from an oppressive environment. It's every bit the landmark gay film it deserves to be." **** Slant Magazine

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey

Run time: 97 mins
Original Release: UK 1985

Rhiw Goch (On The Red Hill)

When Mike Parker and his partner Peredur were chosen to be heirs of a beautiful farmhouse owned by their good friends George & Reg, Mike knew their friendship was special. Rhiw Goch tells the journey of being gay in rural Wales from the 1950's onwards, the barriers that George & Reg had to overcome and the friendship the two couples built.

Inspired by Mike Parker's Memoir Rhiw Goch.

Short listed for the Iris Prize 'Best Of British'

Director: Anna Winstone
UK 2020
Run time: 9 mins

Total Run time  1 hour 46 mins

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life + Before The Eruption (15)

Closing Film Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

Sunday 24th October. 2:00pm

For our final screening of this year's Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival we are pleased to present this newly  released documentary 'Oliver Sacks: His Own Life' alongside our Short Film Official Selection Before The Eruption.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015, and nearly two dozen deeply revealing and personal interviews with family members, colleagues, patients, and close friends, including  Jonathan Miller, Robert Silvers, Temple Grandin, Christof Koch, Robert Krulwich, Lawrence Weschler, Roberto Calasso, Paul Theroux, Bill Hayes, Kate Edgar, and Atul Gawande, among others. The film also draws on unique access to the extensive archives of the Oliver Sacks foundation.

"Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" is a moving portrait of a man taking deep stock of his life with great satisfaction and verve. It is, as Weschler says in the film, "a master class in how to die." Sacks was an odd duck with a beautiful affinity for other odd ducks, and as an odd duck, I admire that."  Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times

Director: Ric Burns
Genre: Documentary
Run time: 1 hour 54 mins

Before The Eruption

A group of young friends make their way to the beach, among them Emilio – or Em – a Transgender girl at the beginning of her journey. Set in the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, Before the Eruption is a lyrical meditation on friendship and acceptance.

Winner of the Iris Prize 2021

Spain 2020
Spanish with English subtitles
Run time: 9 mins

Total run time: 2 hours 3 mins

Around The World In 80 Days (PG)

Half Term Special

Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th October  1:30pm

A bookish marmoset embarks on a wild adventure to travel around the planet in 80 days after accepting a challenge from a greedy frog.

Around The World In 80 Days is a French-Belgian animated adventure film in which an irresponsible frog and a monkey who dreams of becoming an explorer accept a challenge to circumnavigate the globe.

"It's hard to hate on this gentle, goofy interpretation, populated by simply designed animal characters with exaggerated features." Leslie Felperin - Guardian

Run time: 1 hour 22 mins

The Nest (15)

Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th October. 7:30pm

Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison's horses and a stable.

However, all is not as it seems and soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel and the couple has to face both the secrets and unwelcome truths that lie beneath the surface of their marriage. From acclaimed director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), THE NEST is one of the must-see films of the year.

"It's a slippery mood piece which tantalises by imploding on purpose." **** Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph

"The Nest is a belated cautionary tale - this tainted family is a skeleton in the closet of our current socioeconomic climate." **** Wendy Ide - Observer

"The movie ploughs ahead through three acts of delicious torture." **** Kevin Maher - The Times

Run time 1 hour 47 mins

The War Below (12A)

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th October  7:30pm
Sunday 31st October  2:00pm

In the midst of the great war, Colonel "Hellfire Jack" Norton-Griffiths hatches a daring plan to break the deadly stalemate at the battle of messines. He recruits a group of local miners to dig a tunnel underneath no man's land, from the allied trenches to the German trenches, in hopes of successfully setting off bombs from below the German line and saving the allied war effort.

"Hazeldine's stoic performance is the highlight, but this is a very strong piece across the board which does not deserve to fly under the radar." **** Film Stories

Run time 97 mins

We are very excited to be bringing Tony Soprano's back story 'The Many Saints Of Newark', Wes Anderson's latest 'The French Dispatch', Denis Villeneuve's brilliant remake of 'Dune' and of Course James Bond's latest adventure 'No Time To Die' to our screen this winter (tickets for No Time To Die are selling fast so we do advise advance booking).

All of these plus much more are now on sale!


On our website you can view trailers and information on each film by clicking on the image or film title. 
If you already know which film & date you want to book just click on the
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We have  reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30's, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

Although we encourage online booking where possible there may be tickets available on the door (doors open 30 minutes before the screening time).

CEA Cards

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

If you have a CEA card and require a complimentary ticket for your carer please contact us on 01691 238167 to reserve your tickets or email us:

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening. 

We do have a small number of headsets for visually impaired members of our audience to loan during these screenings, please ask at the Box Office.
(Please note a £20.00 refundable deposit will be required).

Our licensed cafe/bar sells a range of hot & cold drinks, beers, wines, ciders and pre-packaged cold snacks and sweets.

Drinks can be taken into the auditorium or you can enjoy a pre-show drink with friends in one of our bubble booths. 

Our Virtual Screening Room remains available through our website with a fantastic selection of films on offer.

If you can't make it to the cinema we are constantly working with our distributing partners to offer a great range of independent films to watch in the comfort of your own home.

Look out for some truly special films which will only be released through our Virtual screening Room coming from our partner Bohemia Media in the coming months.
One Last Thing

We are recruiting for volunteer stewards so if you have a love of film & meeting new people please email us to find out more

we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the wonderful kind words of support and donations. We would not have got through this without you and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Ruth & Ian
and the kinokulture team

Please visit our website for up to date Information & bookings