Christmas Party and Film Night

Two articles for the price of one – our own January sale!
Before Christmas becomes a distant memory, I must record the splendid party we had at Peel Golf Club in December. The food and company was exceedingly good as were the usual raffle and quiz.
We were very fortunate in being able to book the outstanding group, The Cronk Illiam Scratchers – yes, Manx for Hill Billies! Having heard and enjoyed their humorous renditions before, I had no doubts about the treat in store. They even played my favourites, ‘They’re burning down the house that I grew up in’ and the mildly risqué, ‘The Hermit’. Our warmest thanks go to them for terrific entertainment and to all who contributed to a great celebration.
Our January meeting filled the Centenary Centre theatre. We had a special screening of Hall Caine’s most famous novel, ‘The Manxman’. I believe that this was Hitchcock’s last silent film. Bill Quine had made all the arrangements and gave us a most useful introduction. It was largely filmed in Polperro, Cornwall. Bill thought that this was that Hall Caine interfered so much in the filming that Hitchcock upped sticks. However, there were shots at Niarbyl and possibly in the woods near Raby. The late Barton Quirk had told Bill, in a recorded interview, that he remembered the occasion and the excitement of watching the filming.
The film was shot in black and white and clearly sub-titled. The exaggerated facial expressions and movements all added to the experience of a gripping story well told. It was a real tear- jerker. Copies of the book aren’t too hard to come by, so I won’t reveal the plot. If you do get a chance to watch the dvd, seize the opportunity.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 19th February 7.30 pm in the Centenary Centre. For technical reasons, the programme has been changed. Pat Tutt will be giving us an illustrated talk on her superb book, An Introduction to the Architecture of the Isle of Man. She will emphasise buildings in Peel so this will be very special. I’m hoping that copies will be available then you can get yours signed.
Following refreshments, we will hold our AGM. This is always lively with the formal part dealt with promptly to leave plenty of time for discussion and suggestions for the new programme. There are a couple of people retiring by rotation so do come with suggestions for the committee. A proposer and seconder is required and do make sure that the person you have in mind is prepared to stand. We can co-opt non-voting members for particular tasks so if you would like to help, don’t be shy! We’re looking for an editor for our newsletter, so do let us know if this is something you would enjoy.

This is going to be a wonderful, popular evening, so do come in good time.