Saturday, November 19, 2011

Film 4th December 2011 (AFS)

How I Ended This Summer (Kak ya provyol etim letom)
7pm Sunday 4th December 2011

Dir. Aleksei Popogrebsky / 2010 / Lang: Rus - subtls | 124 mins | 12a

A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere...
Review: Koktebel Film Company / IMDB

Link to flyer | Gruaniad review

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2012 Black dog calendar

All professionally printed copies of this year's calendars have been sold but you can click here to download a copy to print yourself.  (if you want to make a donation to Ryedale Special Families click here for their address)

This calendar has been produced by Janet Hayton from Appleton le Moors with support from HPE Print Ltd, Pickering and Henry Iles & Associates.

Thank you very much to the following villagers for joining in and making the idea a reality:
Poppy - Andrew
Barney - Jim and Denise
Belle - John
Buzz - Gary, Martha and Maurice
Bella - Lorri, Lizzie and Catherine
Oz - Margot
Tigger - Sally and Kevin
Benjie - Steven
Jazz - Trish
Boris - April

Thanks also to Harry and Nicola. Photographs were taken in Appleton Le Moors Village Hall.

All proceeds go to Ryedale Special Families who are a brilliant ‘grass roots’ local charity based in Malton.

Apologies to all the brown, golden, grey, white and speckled dogs also living in Appleton Le Moors – you’re all special! 

To purchase copies please call 01751 417 631 RRP £4.00

Sunday, November 13, 2011

100 years exhibition 26 November 2011

Appleton le Moors Reading Room
Film & exhibition | Sat 26th November 2011

1-4pm Come along to an exhibition about the Reading Room and the village in the census year of 1911. Free tea and coffee. Donations of biscuits welcome.

7.30pm Watch a free film from the Mitchell and Kenyon collection with documentary scenes of life as it was in Northern England from 1900 to 1913. 34 seats. Reserve: 417 631.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Book club 16 December

8.30pm Friday 16th December 2011
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

The Stars My Destination
by Alfred Bester

Chosen by Claire
Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN-13: 978-0575079090
Next chosen by: Henry

Film 7th November 2011 (AFS)

My Afternoons With Margueritte 

7pm Sunday 6th November 2011

Dir. Jean Becker / 2010 / Lang: Fre, Flemsh subtitles| 82 mins | Rated: 15

My Afternoons with Marguerite is the story of life's random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50's and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Marguerite, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud.

Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey - to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Marguerite.
Review: Cohen Media Group / Rotten Tomatoes

Link to flyer

Monday, October 24, 2011

Appleton Le Moors Village calendars

Below is a calendar showing events in the Village Hall (red) and The Reading Room (green). Use the tabs at the top to view by day, week, month or as a list (Agenda). Click an event title for more information.

Book club 4th November

8.30pm Friday 4th November. 2011
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

Going Postal 
by Sir Terry Pratchett
Discworld Novel 33

Chosen by Jim
Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Corgi
ISBN-13: 978-0552158121
Next chosen by: Claire

Saturday, October 22, 2011

5th November in the Reading Room

The Reading Room will be open from 6pm to 8pm on November 5th for hot drinks, biscuits plus hot dogs and toasties for children.

The stove will be on and the chairs out! You’ll be helping raise money for ongoing repairs. Phone 417 631 for more info. Donations of biscuits and cakes very welcome.

When you’re finished on the Common visit the Moors Inn for a special bonfire night lamb hot pot with complimentary drink (A pint, glass of wine or juice) for only £5.00 a head. Regular menu also available. Reserve your portion at the Moors Inn Tel. 417 435.

Download the flyer: ARR-Bonfire-2011.pdf

Monday, September 26, 2011

DJ touring gallery comes to Appleton

On the 30th September, in collaboration with the ArtFest 2011 film event, the Appleton  Reading Room will host the DJ touring gallery as seen on Look North last week.

Hope you can come and meet Stef and Ian, follow this link for more information

The DJ Touring Gallery was invented by the Duckett and Jeffries Gallery

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A new home at last

Robin Aconley sent these photographs of his new games room, refurbished to house the Appleton snooker table.

The games room before a lick of paint

Looks like the place for some perfect breaks!

Italian evening a success

Thanks to all the people who supported the I
talian night at the Reading Room. We raised a total of £46 towards the roof and fencing repairs plus we were left with some supplies ready for bonfire night.

The next taste of event is an Indian evening which we plan to hold early spring 2012. We will email details closer to the time.

Several people felt, and we agree, it would be easier if we increased the cost to cover the film, snacks and all refreshments. Therefore the next event will be slightly more expensive.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Artfest film: Waste Land 30 Sept & 8 Oct

This year’s film offering from ArtFest is another international award winner – this time a documentary.  ‘Waste Land’ is a fascinating artistic journey and thought provoking experience. You can see a trailer on ‘You Tube’.

About the film
Artist Vic Muniz brings together the rubbish pickers of Brazil and documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker for a moving and dignified tribute to the transformative power of art and imagination. With a score by Moby this film has won over 30 awards in the last year including ‘Audience’ awards at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.
 Read reviews: IMDB | Gruaniad | Rotten Tomatoes

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Italian night. 10th September 2011

Saturday 10th September at the Reading Room. From 6.30, film starts around 7.30. £6 includes admission, pre-film antipasti and a glass of vino. Additional refreshments available.

Booking: Please contact Henry (01751 417 631) or Maggy (01751 417 889) to book a place. If possible please buy tickets in advance to help with catering. All Italian outfits appreciated.
Bread and Tulips (Pane e tulipani)
Dir. Silvio Soldini / 2000 / Lang: Italian / 114 mins / PG
A Surreal Italian comedy about a housewife (Licia Maglietta) who forges a new life for herself in Venice, away from her family, watched over by an admiring, suicidal Icelandic waiter.
Film stills from IMDB movie clip

Monday, August 29, 2011

Film: Made in Dagenham | Sunday 4 Sept

Film still from Made in Dagenham
Made in Dagenham
7pm Sunday 4th September 2011 / View flyer

Dir. Nigel Cole / 2010 / Lang: English / 113 mins / Rated: 15

Produced by heavyweight Stephen Woolley and headlined by Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins, this period docudrama brings to life a pivotal event from British history. In 1968, women's rights took a broad leap forward when workers at the Ford Dagenham automobile plant. Buckling beneath deplorable working conditions, rightly perceived as gender discrimination, the female workforce suddenly stormed out into the streets and began to strike in protest of their unfair treatment. Little could they have foreseen the ramifications that this courageous and noble act would engender in successive years.
Review: Nathan Souther/Rotten Tomatoes

Reviews IMDB | Guardian | Rotten Tomatoes

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Film: Tulpan Sunday 7th August

Film still from Tulpan
7pm Sunday 7th August 2011 / View flyer

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy / 2008 / Lang: English / 100 mins / Rated: 15

In this vivid, visually striking film, the naive 22-year-old Asa returns to the steppes of Kazakhstan from service as a rating with the Russian pacific fleet. He's full of tall tales and determined to find a wife and put together his own flock of sheep, but neither aim, he discovers, is easily attained. The movie belongs to the tradition of staged ethnographic features that began in the silent era with Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North and the Cooper- Schoedsack Grass. The difference is that here the chief parts are played by actors, though you wouldn't have guessed it..  Review: Review:Philip French, The Observer

Reviews IMDB | Guardian | Rotten Tomatoes

9th September book – Mister Pip

8.30pm Friday 9th Sept. 2011
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN-13: 978-0719564567
Next chosen by: Jim

Friday, June 24, 2011

Film: Bright Star Sunday 3rd July 2011

Still from Bright Star

Bright Star
7pm Sunday 3rd July 2011 / View flyer

Director: Jane Campion / 2009 / Lang: English / 119 mins / Rated: PG

Director Jane Campion has a knack for portraying female characters so intimately that she seems to get beneath their skin. She does it again in Bright Star, an exquisite piece of film-making about the doomed romance between the poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne.  Review: David Gritten, The Telegraph (Cannes review)

Reviews IMDB | Guardian | Rotten Tomatoes | The Sunday Times

Friday, June 10, 2011

Janet Hayton's Open Studio

Janet looks forward to seeing you at her Open Studio during June 2011. Open: Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th of June. Studio opening times are 10.30 to 5.30 pm.


Download a flyer with details of Open Studios near the Reading Room.

Visit janet's website:

North Yorkshire Open Studios

Detail from one of Janet's popular decorative plates

Sunday, May 15, 2011

June film at The Reading Room

5th June 2011 at 7pm
Just Another Love Story
Director: Ole Bornedal
Release: 2007
Language: Danish
Run time: 100 min
Rated: 18
Click here for the flyer

Saturday, April 30, 2011

ABC | 10th June 2011

The Appleton Book Club
8.30pm Friday
10th June 2011
The Reading Room Appleton Le Moors
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

by Ken Kesey
Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN-13: 978-0141187884
Next chosen by: Sue

Monday, April 11, 2011

Une soirée de plaisir

Wine, food and film made for an enjoyable evening at the Appleton Reading Room.

The Room, decorated with french flags, was filled with people in striped shirts and beret's for a viewing of the hilarious French film Welcome to the Sticks.

The film broke box office records when it opened in France and judging by the laughter, translated well to North Yorkshire.

Before the film, villagers of all ages and their friends enjoyed a buffet of french bread, brie, paté and garlic sausage.

Thanks to Maggie, Janet, Nicola and Anne for helping. And thanks to everyone for the generous donations with total of £60 being raised towards roof and general repairs.

We'll keep you posted on dates for the Italian and Indian nights.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The snooker table finds a home

After six years in storage the snooker table, once housed in the Reading Room, has found a suitable new home.

Mrs. Strickland's brother Robin Aconley learned to play on the table as a young man growing up in the village. He approached the Reading Room committee when he heard the table had been mothballed.

The committee agreed to let the table leave the village and go to Robin's home near Doncaster where he's now having a room built to house it. He has employed a specialist company to renovate, balance and recover the table at considerable expense. He also generously made a donation of £100 to the Reading Room.

Robin has said he will send us a photo of the refurbished table when it's installed for our archive. He also suggested giving the village first refusal should he need to sell the table or making a further donation on it's resale.

Robin mentioned a memory he has of the table from 1963. He was listening to the radio and having warmed the iron on the stove was ironing the baize. The radio programme was interrupted to bring news of the Kennedy assassination.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Richard chooses the next book

April 1st 2011 book club meeting
The Reading Room Appleton Le Moors

Visit this link for all bookmarks

Zlata’s Diary
by Zlata Filipovic

Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Puffin Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 978-0140374636

Next chosen by Sue
For more information about the book club click here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jonny Fox is in the house

The character created by Martin Wood and his many collaborators, Jonny Fox, made a star appearance at the Reading Room in 2010. Jonny and Martin were given the the red carpet treatment for the soft launch of a short film starring the fox.

The Gazette and Herald has run a spread about Jonny and his creator Martin to mark the launch of the Grand Scheme of Things web site. The site details all aspects of the concept with sound and visuals. Read the full article on the Gazette & Herald website.

For more information and contact details visit and make sure you turn the volume up!

Still from Hunters Moon graphic novel.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Who built the Reading Room?

Following the award of an Arts Council grant and subsequent  creation of The Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1840 - 1980 we now know more about the company that built the Reading Room.

The building was constructed by Speirs & Co., designers and erectors of iron & wood buildings. Based in Glasgow they ceased trading in the late 1930's having provided  partly prefabricated timber framed buildings, some clad in corrugated iron, notably for the Episcopal Church for around 50 years.

For more information visit a page about Speirs & Co. created by the Scottish Architects Association.

1911 Reading Room minutes found

Thanks to Mrs. Fox who recently found the original 1911 Reading Room minutes book. Along with opening costs we now have the exact date the building was opened.

On page 40 the minutes note the room was opened to the public on Tuesday November 21st 1911 by Miss Clara Odell. The initial costs cover coal, parafin, and various publications including the Yorkshire Herald and amounted to 1 pound 7 shillings and 9 pence.

The book will be held in the village archive for safe keeping along with notes and minutes from more recent times. Excerpts from the minutes will be published throughout the year.

Page 40 from the original Reading Room minutes

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Full house for a Japanese film

The Reading Room was packed for a Japanese movie called Departures directed by Yôjirô Takita. 

The film is about a musician who looses his job in a Tokyo orchestra, sells his cello and moves with his wife back to his home village in the countryside.

Here he answers an ad in the local paper for what he thinks is a travel agent and is talked into becoming an 'encoffiner'. There's no trade in the UK quite like an encoffiner. It's a job that involves ritually washing a deceased person's body, making up their face and arranging their hands and feet in a special position prior to placing them in a coffin. All of this is done in front of assembled relatives.

On the surface it sounds a very grim subject for a film but turned out, judging by comments people made when the movie ended, to be moving, amusing and memorable.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Not 'the' Reading Room but 'a' Reading Room

Thanks to Geoff Legallez for providing this intriguing piece of information.

The construction of the Reading Room for the village of Appleton le Moors was funded by Joseph Page in 1911. Most people involved with the Reading Room assumed it was a gift to enrich the lives of a community where he had lived and worked. The 1881 census shows that Joseph Page was the resident butler at Appleton Hall.

Geoff uncovered the following on the deeds for McDougall's House.
In 1888 Matthew Milestone bought the land where McDougall's House now stands, from the estate of William Fredrick Shepard, for the sum of £110.  On the plot were three dwellings, one of which was in use as a Reading Room.

Matthew Milestone then sold the plot to Joseph Page for the sum of £120 and in 1891 the existing building was completed.
The sale documents when Bought by the McDougall sisters show:
The house stayed in the hand of the Page family until Martin Harvey Page sold to the McDougall sisters in 1924,  who then lived in Blackheath, London.
 It would be interesting to know where the Reading Room was housed between 1888 and 1911.

Friday, January 21, 2011

March book chosen by Alison

March 4th 2011 book club meeting
The Reading Room Appleton Le Moors

Visit this link for all bookmarks

One Day
by David Nicholls

Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 978-0340896983

Next chosen by: Richard
For more information about the book club click here.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thanks to everyone!!

This information has been taken from a leaflet delivered to all living in Appleton and Spaunton. (download the leaflet here)

7 years ago
When the Reading Room was brought back from terminal decline we needed help with things like wiring, flooring, painting, blinds, joinery, roofing, seating, heavy lifting, fund-raising and the stove. Thanks for all their work to Alistair Barker, Anne Taylor, David Hall, Geoff Hutchinson, Janet Hayton, John and Anne Creighton, John Marsden, Richard Hardisty, Roy and John Milestone.

The reading Room now needs help with the accounts, fund-raising and repairs. Thanks for this ongoing assistance to Anne Taylor, Janet Hayton, Jim Hall, John Creighton, Les Edwards, Maggie Tebb, Nicola Oldroyd, Richard Hardisty and Terry Sunderland.

Thanks to and all those who continue to hire and use the room including the Appleton Film Society, Appleton Book Club, Graham’s Jazz club, The Parish Council, The Ladies Musical Appreciation Society and Woodland walks.

Our funders
Thanks to the organisations that have funded us including the North York Moors National Park, BFFS and UK Film Council.

Thanks to anyone that we’ve missed out!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

100th anniversary

2011 is destined to be an historic year not just for royal marriages but for the 100th anniversary of the Appleton Reading Room.

We are planning some events to celebrate this great occasion including themed films, some using our 16mm projector and an open day for people to explore the entire room and it’s grounds.