Heyford Picturedrome – September 2019

The Autumn film season begins with Bohemian Rhapsody to be shown in the Village Hall on Thursday 19th September. This is the 2018 British film about the rock-band, Queen, from their formation in 1970 through to their legendary performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985 for Live Aid starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon and Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor. This is a foot-stomping celebration of the band, their music and their extraordinary singer, Freddie Mercury.

Doors open at 7.15 for free coffee or tea with a film start at 7.45pm. The admission price remains at £4.00 per person and there is no joining fee. A licensed bar will be serving wine and soft drinks before the film and during the interval.

The October film will be ‘Fishermen’s Friends’, a 2019 British biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin about a group of ten singing Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac who have a top ten hit with their debut album of sea shanties after being signed to Universal Records by a cynical London music executive.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533

Heyford Gardening Club – July 2019


Our June meeting featured a fascinating talk by Steve Brown on bonsai; a form of gardening which verges on an art form. I always think of it as extreme topiary.

Rose Show

Despite the tempestuous weather there was a good showing for the rose show with 57 entries.

Pauline Guglielmi won the single flowered class, Brian Jackson came second with John Dunkley and Tony Clewett in joint third place.

In the cluster flowered class Jill Langrish came first, Pauline Guglielmi was second
and Val Jackson, Rosemary Dunkley and Anne Haynes all tied for third place.

The perils of perlite

Following advice in the RHS magazine I have over the last few years added vermiculite to multi purpose compost for sowing seeds and taking cuttings. This proved extremely successful producing plants with vigorous root systems which established very quickly. Last year however instead of vermiculite I used perlite which, I assumed, would do the same thing. However I experienced a lot of difficulty; seedlings germinated quickly enough but then failed to develop properly and cuttings just didn’t root.

I can’t be sure that this was entirely due to the perlite, but having gone back to using vermiculite again, the results have improved significantly. This illustrates the principle that in gardening apparently small variations in conditions can make the difference between success and failure.

Weird Weather-again!

Following a baking Easter, a freezing May, and no rain for months suddenly the
heavens have opened and given us the whole summers rain in a few days. It’s a
wonder that we can grow anything!

Some Things to do in July

1. Dead head roses, bedding plants and perennials to get more flowers.
2. Pick courgette’s before they turn into marrows (unless you like marrows)
3. Water and feed plants in containers

Mark Newstead



For more information visit the Heyford Gardening Club & Allotments page


Heyford Picturedrome – June 2019

Heyford Picturedrome will have its summer break from June to August.

The Autumn programme will start on Thursday 19th September with the award-winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Doors open at the usual time of 7.00pm for free tea or coffee with the film due to be screened at 7.45pm.

There will be a licensed bar for the purchase of wine and soft drinks.

There is no joining fee and admission is £4 per person.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533

Letters: Julie Clewett – June 2019

Julie Clewett

Tony, Ian, Chris and Becky and families wish to thank all Julie’s friends from the
village for the wonderful show of love and respect at Julie’s funeral on 17th May and
for all the cards and messages of condolence and support. It has been a wonderful
display of love and affection for Julie and we are all so grateful.
Thank you



In memoriam: Julie Clewett – May 2019

Julie Clewett

15.04.1949 – 20.04.2019


Julie Clewett died on Saturday 20th April. The ultimate cause was Sepsis, resulting
from an infected surgical wound following an operation on her spine. The underlying
issue was discovered to be secondary bone cancer – so in a way, the Sepsis saved
Julie from a very painful and distressing last few months of a shortened life.

Julie was born in Meriden and grew up in Coventry. After leaving school she worked
in the Architects Department at Coventry City Council where she met Tony. They
married in June 1970 and moved to Nether Heyford in July 1977. Julie was very
well-known in the village and was an active member of the community here, having
been ‘Little Owl’ at Brownies for over 20 years, a member of the Village Hall
Management and Fete committees, the Picturedrome Committee and a keen
member of the Crafty Club, Pilates Club, Heyford Amblers and Heyford Garden
Club. Anyone who met Julie will know how she was always cheerful and friendly and
had a wonderful sense of humour. What is difficult to believe is just how quickly
someone who was outwardly healthy, fit and active was brought down within just
two months of being seen for a ‘bad back’.

She will be very much missed as ‘Mum’ to Ian, Chris and Becky, ‘Grandma’ to
Olivia, Felix, Ellie, Erin, Owen and little baby Harriet and wife and best friend to
Tony. As her close friend said, “they won’t make another one like Julie”. RIP

Heyford Picturedrome – “Widows” (2018) – Thursday 16th May 2019

The next film to be screened will be Widows. This is a 2018 American film directed by Steve McQueen starring Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Debicki set in Chicago where an armed robbery goes wrong and leaves the four thieves dead after a police shoot-out. It is the story of the four widows, Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle who have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.

The film is to be shown in the Village Hall on Thursday 16th May and is the last of the current season.

Doors open at 7:15 pm for free coffee or tea with a film start at 7:45 pm.

The admission price remains at £4.00 per person and there is no joining fee.

As a thank you to our loyal supporters during the year there will be free wine and soft drinks both before the film and during the interval.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533


Heyford Picturedrome – Thursday 18th April 2019

Our next film to be shown on Thursday 18th April is ‘Stan and Ollie’, a 2019 British film starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly. Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the spector of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the longburied ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

Doors open at the usual time of 7.00pm for free tea or coffee with the film due to be screened at 7.45pm.

There will be a licensed bar for the purchase of wine and soft drinks.

There is no joining fee and admission is £4 per person.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533