Chapel Filmshare – Ash Vale’s Free Neighbourhood Cinema

We are planning to revive our film evenings at the Chapel early in September when we anticipate that all Covid restrictions will have been lifted and that we’ll be able to offer our usual tea, coffee and cakes along with some enjoyable film entertainment.

For those who are not familiar with our group, we hold fortnightly film evenings at the Chapel on Thursday evenings. We normally start meeting up from 7.30 p.m. to share tea or coffee and cakes.  We show some cartoons, ‘shorts’ or trailers, followed by a main feature at around 8 p.m. Each film is usually preceded by a short introduction with a follow-up discussion afterwards – not too deep in content! 

We try to offer an interesting mixture of cinema entertainment; including feature films, both fairly recent and ‘classic’, occasional world cinema offerings, some ‘made for television dramas’ and a few documentary style presentations. Most are on dvd, some of these being bought in whilst others are provided by members.

We operate under a church video licence which gives us access to films from a wide variety of distributors, including MGM, Disney, Paramount, Sony Classic and more recently, Studio-Canal. Our projection equipment is provided under the British Film Institute’s neighbourhood Cinema scheme and we have our own large screen.

Anyone is welcome to join us. There is no charge for the film viewing although we’re happy to receive donations towards refreshments and are always grateful for any help with moving chairs and equipment. 

If you enjoy tea, coffee and cakes and appreciate films you’re welcome to join us fortnightly in September at the Chapel in Wharf Road, Ash Vale, GU12 5AY  from 7.30 p.m.  To sign up to our e-mail newsletter contact  Dick Elsey at or on 01252 694314.

Chapel Music

News from Matt Weeks, Chapel Musician in Residence

Things in the Ash Vale Chapel Studio have been going well in recent months. Here’s an update of what’s been going on recently…

We’ve had a wonderful variety of different people in:

We had a church choir who came in all the way from Battersea! Due to people moving on, the choir was actually coming to an end, so it was really lovely to be able to capture what they’d been working on so they all had a souvenir of their efforts of the past years.

We had a young rock band in from Wales; XL Live. They are a lovely young group of lads who, by all accounts, haven’t had the easiest of upbringings. So it was amazing to see them enjoy having a day in a studio and to see all their hard work begin to pay off. They loved the space, and were ever so appreciative to have the chance to be using it.

We’ve had some old friends come in to the studio to get their projects mixed. A lovely album which is in progress is a collection of cover versions sung by a father and daughter duo. We’re even bringing the families together!

We also recorded the bass part for a song Brian Doerksen is recording, which has been written about the awful discovery in Canada of 215 bodies of children found buried at an indigenous school.

The Chapel is such a blessing, and we are so pleased to be serving such a wide variety of people.

If you’d like to get in touch you can reach the Chapel Project Team on on and the website is here:

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Chapel Project News

Chapel Arts Monthly Makes—Debi Retallick

Debi is continuing to run the monthly make on Zoom but hoping to return to face to face sessions at the Chapel from September…..

May’s monthly make was a Bird sculpture; one of the participants has caught the making bug and is now on her 9th Bird sculpture; she’s even teaching her friends to make them! 

June Monthly Make: Join Debi for the next monthly make to do some wire work, creating your own dragonfly:  4pm on Tuesday 1st June 2021.

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What’s on in Ash Vale? Feb/March 2021

Weekly Events:

Sundays 10am –Join St Mary’s for our weekly Church Service. All are welcome. During lockdown we will be on Zoom only, and once the doors open again we will be both in zoom and in person. Contact us to go on the weekly email list for links and news. Wednesday night Evensong is back too, contact the office for the latest timings.

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