Much has been said about loneliness recently: a national ‘epidemic’ that it doesn’t just affect the isolated.  Young and old, rich and poor, successful or famous alike can be affected by this debilitating sensation of not mattering where it matters.

As a society, we ought to be able to include everyone in meaningful activity, to stop for a chat in the supermarket or notice if our colleague is a little down in the dumps.

So, throughout autumn 2016, we will run a fantastic social quilting project Come Quilt With Me (Thursdays in October, 10.30am – 12.30pm. free of charge, open to all).  We are also delighted to be collaborating with Cine Club for the first time on a season of brilliant and life affirming films.

Cine Club: Wrinkles

Thu 29 September 7.30pm . £7 (£6 conc, £4 members)

At an elder-care facility, a geriatric con artist tries to prevent his new friend with early Alzheimer’s symptoms from being transferred to the ‘lost causes’ floor.  Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe lead a cast of eccentric characters who rebel against authority in this wonderfully animated and poignant comedy for adults. Cert 15 89 min.

Cine Club: Notes on Blindness

Thu 20 October 7.30pm. £7 (£6 conc. £5 child, £4 members)

In 1983, days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind.  In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping an audio diary.  With exclusive access to these original recordings the film encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.  Cert. 15, 97 min.

Cine Club: Anomalisa

Tue 15 November 7.30pm . £7 (£6 conc. £5 child, £4 members)

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life, experiences something out of the ordinary.  Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars.  Cert 15. 88mins.

Cine Club: Lars and the Real Girl

Tue 13 December 7.30pm. £7 (£6 conc, £5 child, £4 members)

Lars is an introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life.  After years of almost solitude, he introduces Bianca to his family – but Bianca is a life-size plastic woman. His family go along with his delusion and embark on an emotional journey.  Nominated for Best Original Screen play at the 2008 Oscars.  Cert. 12A, 104min.