‘Downton Abbey’ Wednesday February 12th 2020

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The film begins in 1927, about a year and a half after the TV series ended. Buckingham Palace informs Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham, that King George V and Queen Mary will visit Downton Abbey during a royal tour through Yorkshire. Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, is perturbed that Maud, Lady Bagshaw, Queen Mary’s lady-in-waiting, is included in the tour. Robert is Maud’s cousin and closest relative. The two families have long disputed who should inherit Maud’s estate.

The royal household staff arrive, including Mr Wilson, the Royal Page of the Backstairs; Mrs Webb, the Royal Housekeeper; Miss Lawton, the Queen’s Royal Dresser; Monsieur Courbet, the Royal Chef; and Richard Ellis, the King’s Royal Dresser. All but Ellis are dismissive and arrogant to the Downton servants. Upstairs, eldest Crawley daughter Lady Mary Talbot, who oversees the estate, constantly worries about keeping Downton afloat in a fast-changing world. Believing Mr Barrow cannot manage a royal visit, Mary asks Mr Carson, Downton’s retired butler, to temporarily resume his duties. Barrow, strongly protesting, steps aside.

Major Chetwode arrives in Downton Village seeking out the Granthams’ Irish son-in-law, Tom Branson. Tom assumes Chetwode is a detective assessing security for the royal visit. Prior to the royal parade starting through Downton Village, Chetwode stations himself near where the King is awaiting the Royal Artillery, unaware that Tom has grown suspicious. As Chetwode aims a pistol at King George, Tom tackles Chetwode, pinning him to the ground. The real royal detectives apprehend Chetwode, an Irish Republican sympathizer who erroneously believed Tom was an ally.

The royal entourage completely displaces the Downton household. Meanwhile, Tom and Lucy Smith, Lady Maud’s maid, form a mutual attraction. Bertie and Edith Pelham, the Marquess and Marchioness of Hexham, also arrive at Downton. The King asks Bertie to accompany the Prince of Wales on a three-month African tour. The news distresses Edith, the younger Crawley daughter, who tells Bertie she is pregnant and is due just as Bertie would depart. In the garden, Tom encounters a sobbing woman, unaware she is Princess Mary. He initiates a conversation which inspires the Princess to remain with her husband. Meanwhile, Anna discovers Miss Lawton is stealing small objects from Downton Abbey. She demands their return, then blackmails Lawton into altering an over-sized ballgown to fit Lady Edith after the wrong one was mistakenly delivered to Downton.

Anna and John Bates unite the staff into retaking control downstairs to defend Downton’s honour. Barrow and Mr Ellis trick some royal household staff into returning to London. Anna slips a strong sleeping aid into Courbet’s tea, and Mr Wilson is “accidentally” locked inside his room, allowing Mrs Patmore and Daisy to cook the dinner, and Mr Carson and the Downton footmen to wait at table. When the King praises the revised menu, Molesley impulsively blurts out that the Downton staff prepared the meal and are serving it. Robert apologises for Molesley’s inappropriate outburst, but the Queen says they are accustomed to people behaving strangely around them.

That same evening, Barrow and Ellis go to York. While Ellis visits his parents, Barrow waits at a local pub. A man there invites Barrows to a hidden gay nightclub. Shortly after Barrow arrives, police raid the club. Ellis, who is secretly gay, discovers what happened and uses his royal connection to secure Barrow’s release. After, the two men develop a bond, indicating they will meet again.

Back at Downton, as the inheritance conflict escalates, Isobel, Lady Merton, surmises correctly that Lucy is Maud’s secret illegitimate daughter, which is the reason she is Maud’s heir. She tells Maud she must inform Violet. The next morning, assistant cook Daisy, who doubted if footman Andy was the right man for her, realizes she does love him and begins planning their wedding. Henry Talbot, Mary’s husband, returns from abroad in time to accompany the family to Harewood House with the royal party.

During the ball at Harewood, Princess Mary informs her parents that Tom inspired her to save her marriage, prompting the King to personally thank him. Also, the Queen has persuaded the King to release Bertie from the imminent tour. Maud tells Violet about Lucy. Violet is not happy but understands, and immediately schemes to unite the two households through Lucy and Tom when told they plan to write to one another. Mary privately queries her grandmother regarding her recent trip to London. Violet confides that medical tests reveal she may die soon, but assures a distraught Mary that Downton’s legacy is safe in her hands. Tom later seeks out Lucy on the terrace to dance with her.

Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes ponder Downton’s future in the modern era. Carson asserts it will stand for another hundred years with the Crawley family still in residence.


Book Club March 10th 2020

The next meeting of the Monthly Book Club will

take place on Tuesday March 10th

at 7.30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The current book to discuss at the March meeting is “The Spy and the Traitor” by Ben Macintyre

If you are interested in joining this group please

e mail sticolanb@aol.com or ‘phone 01386 430175

to express an interest and learn more details

What’s on at KGH over the next weeks

For more information ‘phone 01386 430175 or e mail sticolanb@aol.com


                                                                                                                                                                                       Friday Feb 7th
                                                                                                                                                                             Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                 Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817

Monday Feb  10th
Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817                                                               

Indoor Bowls 1.45-4.30 pm – Contact Ena on 01386 438575

Art Group 1.30-4.00 pm – Contact Tony on 01789 721068

Zumba 6.15-7.15 pm – Contact Angela on 07880736190                                                       

Womens Institute  7.30-9.30 pm – contact 

Tuesday Feb 11th                                                                                                                                                   

P3 9.30-11-15 am Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Baby and Toddler Group 9.15-11.30 am For info 01386 430175

Yoga Class 6.15-7.15 pm – contact Beth on 07376799603

Pilates 7.30-8.30 pm – contact Hazel on 07813 210640 Hazel@hazeloliverfitness.com

Book Club 7.30-9.00 pm – contact Phil 01386 430175

Wednesday Feb 12th

Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                              Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817

Fiim Night “Downton Abbey”  – 7.00-9.45pm  – Contact Phil 01386 430175

Thursday Feb 13th
                                                                                                                                                                                 Yoga Class 9.30-10.30 am – contact Beth on 07376799603                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yoga Class 10.30-11.30 am – contact Beth on 07376799603                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Line Dancing 2.00-4.00 pm Contact Lesley on 01386 438537
                                                                                                                                                                                    Meon Singers 7.00-9.30 pm – Contact Jonathan on 01386 430293
                                                                                                                                                                                         Friday Feb 14th                                                                                                                                                                
Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge                                                         
Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817                                                                    

Yoga Class 6.00-7.00 pm – contact Beth on 07376799603  

Monday Feb 15th                                                                                                                                          

Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817

Indoor Bowls 1.45-4.30 pm – Contact Ena on 01386 438575

Art Group 1.30-4.00 pm – Contact Tony on 01789 721068

Zumba 6.15-7.15 pm – Contact Angela on 07880736190

Yoga Class 7.30-8.30 pm – contact Beth on 07376799603 

Tuesday Feb 16th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       P3 9.30-11-15 am Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge

Baby and Toddler Group 9.15-11.30 am For info 01386 430175

Yoga Class 6.15-7.15 pm – contact Beth on 07376799603

Pilates 7.30-8.30 pm – Hazel on 07813 210640 Hazel@hazeloliverfitness.com  

Wed Feb  17th

Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817

Gardening Club 7.30-9.30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Thurs Feb 18th

Yoga Class 9.30-10.30 am – contact Beth on 07376799603

Yoga Class 10.30-11.30 am – contact Beth on 07376799603

Line Dancing 2.00-4.00 pm Contact Lesley on 01386 438537                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Friday Feb 19th

Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge

Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817 

Mon Feb 22nd

Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817

Indoor Bowls 1.45-4.30 pm – Contact Ena on 01386 438575

Art Group 1.30-4.00 pm – Contact Tony on 01789 721068

Zumba 6.30-7.30 pm – Contact Angela on 07880736190

Yoga Class 7.30-8.30 pm – contact Beth on 07376799603

Tuesday Feb 23rd

P3 9.30-11-15 am Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge

Yoga Class 6.15-7.15 pm – contact Beth on 07376799603

Pilates 7.30-8.30 pm – contact Hazel on 07813 210640 Hazel@hazeloliverfitness.com

Wednesday Feb 24th

Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge

Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817

Parish Council meeting 7.00-9.30 pm Contact Ann at Parish Office

Thursday Feb 25th

Yoga Class 9.30-10.30 am – contact Beth on 07376799603

Line Dancing 2.00-4.00 pm Contact Lesley on 01386 438537

Meon Singers 7.00-9.30 pm – Contact Jonathan on 01386 430293

Friday Feb 26th

Coffee morning 9.30-12.00 pm – Drop-in in the Coffee Lounge

Pilates 9.30 am-1.30 pm – Contact Jo on 07811 384817                                                                                                             

 

Children’s Party Bookings

From January 1st 2020 you can book a 3 hour party at King George’s Hall for just £30.

This includes use of the main hall and the large kitchen and utilities.

To make a booking please call Phil on 01386 430175 or e mail kinggeorgeshallmickleton@aol.com

Christmas Carols 2019

2019 saw the Mickleton Parish Council led Christmas Carol Evening being held at King George’s Hall on Friday December 20th at 7.30 pm. The usual carol singing with the Bretforton Silver Band accompanying was held at the front of the King George’s Hall overlooking Chapel Lane. This year, Michelle and Colin at the Butcher’s Arms provided free soup after the carols and Father Christmas made his usual attendance to distribute presents to the children from his new “grotto”.

Both before and after the carol singing, the Butcher’s Arms was open to welcome members of the audience in for a drink or two.

A display of 32 dressed Christmas trees by clubs, societies, groups, business from the village was available for everyone to visit on the night and King George’s Hall remained open throughout the day for the whole week leading up to and including Christmas Eve for anyone to look at the trees.

Grant from the Dixon Trust

King George’s Hall would like to thank the Dixon Trust for their extremely generous grant towards further improvements and additions to the hall, received this week.
The grant will be used towards the cost of creating new security and storage space at the hall.