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As per other years, this is one of our busiest nights of the year and to get the best from the evening, the films will start at 8.00 sharp.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the door as you come in, from 7.15 onwards. There will be a short interval of 15 minutes during the film show.

Since Frank was here last, a new channel has started on TV, its TALKING PICTURES TV on Freeview, channel 81

I look to see what’s on, but its nearly always old black and white films from the 1940s 50s & 60s. These would be good for Frank, (maybe they are a bit too new for him)

Last July there was a black & white film called Ring a Ding Rhythm, (but its English title was Its Trad Dad), this was made in 1962 with a lot of Traditional Jazz bands in it, I recorded it for my friend Bryan who runs the Brentford Jazz club, which we go to every month. Bryan did not know of this film, it was not a very good film, but the music was OK. That was my good deed for the day.

The next month was the only other film that I have recorded on this channel, this time in colour. It was The Bargee (1964), written by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson. It is a comedy about canal barges and crews. Harry H Corbett & Julia Foster were the lead actors, with an all British cast. As you know, Anne & I like canals & canal holidays.

It was set on the Grand Union canal.  This canal goes from Brentford to Birmingham. A lot of the film was shot around Bulls Bridge (before Tesco’s) , West Drayton & Hanwell.

The main story is set around The Leg O'Mutton lock. In real life this the Marsworth Top Lock. This is a flight of six locks, and the pub nearby is the White Lion, in which the lock keeper (Hugh Griffith) drinks 29 pints, (Cost  £15-10s-4d) while Harry & Julia were in bed.  

When he finds out his daughter is pregnant he threatens to blow up the lock gates, to close the canal. But it all ends well and they get married.

The UCVC meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Room, Uxbridge Conservative & Social Club, 46 Harefield Road, Uxbridge. UB8 1PJ (sometimes varies in December) starting at 20:00.

20 November - Wonderful World of Westerns - by: Mike Payne

16 October - Film Night - by: Frank Banfield