The Ian Newman Community Film Club

THE IAN NEWMAN COMMUNITY FILM CLUB at Bamford Chapel and Norden United Reformed Church, Norden Road, ROCHDALE. OL11 5P


17th February 2024

TICKET TO PARADISE 2022 12A 104 minutes. Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as a divorced couple who team up to sabotage the impending wedding of their daughter in Bali. 

16th March

THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY 2023. 12a 108 Minutes. When Harold teaches his friend Queenie is dying, he is moved to act. He leaves home, walking to the post box to send her a letter, until he realises a letter is not enough. In that moment Harold decides to keep walking, all the way to her hospice. Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton.

20th April


The famous chef at a three-star French restaurant reluctantly begins mentoring an Indian boy whose family owns a rival establishment in the neighbourhood. Based on the novel. Helen Mirren

18th May

23 WALKS  2020  12 1hr 42 mins  After a chance encounter at a dog park, two Londoners discover the challenges and possibility of a late romance. Alison Steadman, Dave Johbns.

15th June


MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3  2023 12A 132 mins   Join the Portokalos family as they travel to a family reunion in Greece for a heart-warming  and hilarious trip full of love, twists and turns. Opa! John Corbett, Nia Vardalos

20th July

ALLELUJAH 2023 12A 99 minutes When the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital is threatened with closure, the hospital decides to fight back by galvanizing the local community. David Bradley, Judi Dench, Jennifer Saunders.

17th August

A MAN CALLED OTTO. 2023  15 103 minutes. Based on the comical and moving no. 1 New York Times bestseller, A Man Called Otto tells the story of Otto Anderson, a grumpy widower who is very set in his ways. Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño.

21st September

THE MIRACLE CLUB 2023  12A 90 mins  The plot follows a group of working-class women from Dublin on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France.  Laura Linney, Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates.

19th October

A HAUNTING IN VENICE 2023 15 103 minutes  Set in eerie post World War II Venice on All Hallows Eve and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth Hercule Poi rot. Kenneth Branagh, Kelly Reilly, Michelle Yeoh.

16th November


THE GREAT ESCAPER  2023 12A  96 mins In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan made global headlines. He had staged a "great escape" from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings 70th anniversary. Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing..

         Supprted by Rochdale Township   


On the 15th September 2017 the film club began.   It is named after the person whose idea it was.   What a joy it was to welcome members of Ian’s family to our inaugural evening. 




Setting up the film club was a lengthy process.   There were many legal requirements to be met, one of which is paying a copyright fee for each film screened.  The cost has increased this year, like everything else, but we are greatly supported by The Rochdale Township via our Bamford Councillors.  We have received a number of grants from them to assist our expenditure.   Admission is now £4.  Refreshments before the film are included in this price but many people are generous and make an extra donation for which we are very grateful.


 September 2023 will obviously be the 6th anniversary.   Covid’s intervention has reduced the performances but, nonetheless, the film club continues despite this.   Attendee numbers vary; due mostly to the chosen film. Our largest attendance number is 76.  The team of volunteers continue to “fine tune” the club.    Changes have been made over the years and we now consider the set up to be almost perfect.      Advertising in locally produced booklets [delivered through letter boxes] and social media spread the word.  The most difficult part is choosing films.   Twice a year meetings are held to discuss this topic.   The team running the club is:-

Chair – Joan Warner

Secretary – Lesley Sutton

Treasurer – Linda Lees

Projectionist – Gareth Rich

Announcers –

John Fitton [and projectionist on occasion]

Michael Davies

Welcomer and refreshments – Diane Davies

Refreshments – Pat Gate, Margaret Ogden and Dot Craig [standby]





To date we have shown 50  films.   On a personal note, my grandfather [Francis Husband] was a cinema manager in Rochdale and Oldham in the 1930s/40s.   I have always loved film as an art form.   Nowadays the photography is amazing especially with CGI.   I have always fancied a home cinema [bucket list] but now I am helping to run a cinema for the community which I absolutely love doing.    However, without the assistance of the wonderful  support team it would not be possible.











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