Newsletter – 20 March 2020

Cancellation of April 2nd Event

You will no doubt be familiar with the Government’s current additional advice concerning ‘social distancing’ and, where appropriate, ‘self-isolation’ as protective measures against infection by the rapidly spreading Covid-19 virus.

In particular, the restrictions on social events and meeting places (clubs, pubs, cinemas, etc.) apply to us, so it is inevitable that we’ve had to cancel our Joint Presentation with Abingdon Twin Towns Society on April 2nd.

As the situation develops nationally over the next weeks and months, we shall keep you updated via further Newsletters, especially with regard to our aim of re-starting a programme of screenings on a monthly basis – which, of course, may not be for some time.


For those members who booked en bloc at the beginning of the year for Happy as Lazzaro, Sorry We Missed You and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (at a cost of £9.00), we’ve decided to carry forward the ‘unused’ £3.00 towards your next subscription when we start up again (see above). Organising cash refunds in the current circumstances and with your Committee in its
much reduced state is, in any case, just not on!

Change of Film

The film originally scheduled for April 2nd was The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964) but, because of the intransigence of the rights holder, StudioCanal, we were unable to secure a screening licence for it. Demy’s next film, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), also a musical (although different in style and character) was substituted and a screening licence obtained from the BFI. Setting next month’s cancellation aside, we hope to include it in our programme at some point in the future – certainly rather sooner than the Website’s speculative 2050!

The Committee extends its good wishes to all for your continuing health and welfare in these grim times