THE forecast did predict a cold snap but crikey did anyone expect it to be so dramatic? I thought I’d dressed appropriately on Saturday and wasn’t planning on being outside for hours anyway but it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I’d intended to attend The English Riviera Film Festival run by my friend John Tomkins but decided to stop off en route at The Spark table top sale. Project Performers is a Youth Performance Group led by Polly Pritchard-Davies. Recently Polly took on the lease of a hall which could be home to the group but also be used as an event, activity and rehearsal space for other community groups. Polly named the venue The Spark and the table top sale was one of the first fundraising events held there. It was heartwarming to see the hall so full of sellers and buyers and I managed to get one or two Christmas presents so I was happy.
Just getting in and out of the car however had exposed my joints to the icy wind and within the hour I was crippled with pain in my knees, hip, back and neck. When that happens, the only thing I can do is try and get warm so we came straight home and I hunkered down under two blankets with a pair of thick socks on!
I do hate changing plans and letting people down, especially friends but was happy and relieved to hear the film festival was a great success.
There is a two-week programme of film-related events which can be found on the festival website but I’d especially like to tell you about the closing feature film on Friday, November 9.
I will be hosting a nostalgic Night at The Movies, an immersive evening of vintage music and entertainment transporting you back to the music hall era with a screening of Daddy’s Letter, a comedic and poignant film inspired by the life of the late Liz Smith who appeared in The Royle Family and Vicar of Dibley.
The event is being held at The Lucky 7 Club in Paignton. Tickets are £5 and all monies raised will be donated to local charity: Children and Families in Grief. Get tickets at www.thelucky7club.com
It really does feel like winter has arrived overnight. I was stunned to see images of snow falling and settling on Dartmoor over the weekend, coupled with the clocks turning back and the onset of evenings getting dark at 5pm, it’s a real reminder that Christmas is just around the corner.
I’m unashamedly issuing my annual plea for readers to shop local wherever possible. Brixham has more independent shops than ever before, offering quirky and unique gifts, most of our cafes and restaurants offer vouchers for sale too which make ideal presents.
If we want our towns and communities to thrive, we have to support local businesses, it’s essential for our local economy so please get out there on your days off or for late-night shopping, you’re much more likely to find a special gift that’s ideal for the recipient than by shopping online in generic stores.
There are lots of interesting events coming up over the next few months. On Sunday, November 18, The Pirate Festival committee is holding a fundraiser at The Old Market House. Tickets, available from Chris Slack, Bay Coffee Company, Bon Bon and Hans Gift are £12.50 for a fish and chip supper and live music from Talisker.
On November 23 you’re invited to an evening of food, live music and some rocking and rolling at The Edge on Bolton Street. Fancy dress is encouraged and all proceeds will help to fund their famous free community Christmas grotto.
Finally a reminder it is Brixham’s own Lights, Lanterns and Luminations on Saturday, November 24. An ideal opportunity to start that local Christmas shopping and to soak up some festive cheer culminating in a grand fireworks display. If this week’s weather is anything to go by though, you better wrap up warm!