Wednesday 31 December 2008

What's on at the Belper Ritz

The View from the Projection Box with Ritz Cinema (Belper) projectionist Paul Winfield...

Just a year ago when I was writing the first of these features for All Things Local, it was great to report that over 50,000 people had visited The Ritz. Now with the latest figures I have show that the success has continued with over 100,000 admissions since we opened - so from all of us at The Ritz - a big, big "thank you".

What a year 2008 has been. Here are just a few personal memories:

The first 'Ritzy Awards' in June, our own version of The Oscars, when the red carpet and our guests arriving in evening dress brought a little bit of Leicester Square to King Street, Belper. I also remember my hangover the following day - but that's another story! We were amazed that so many of our 'Ritzy' award winners emailed us from around the world saying they would visit The Ritz when they were next filming in the UK. There were people singing and dancing in the aisles during the run of Mamma Mia! Just the other week, the audience were leaving the cinema stunned into silence after watching the last few minutes of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

So what can we look forward to in 2009? Well a few films caught my eye. FIrstly, Valkyre, a thriller based on actual events as German generals hatch a plot to assassinate Hitler at the height of WWll, Tom Cruise stars.

A new Woody Allen film is always an event and Vicky Christina Barcelona, a romantic comedy set in Spain stars Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz. Spring and early summer sees the start of the blockbuster season with Star Trek Xl; Ben Stiller returns in Night at the Museum 2. There's a new Terminator film - Christian Bale stars as John Connor in Terminator Salvation.

There's also Ice Age lll and the much delayed Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince along with our usual mix of other films. We hope there's something for everyone.

So from Amanda & Neil, Catherine, myself and all The Ritz boys and girls - have a safe and happy Christmas and a great 2009.

Sunday 21 December 2008

All Things Local - Issue 10 Village Edition and Issue 2 Belper Edition now live online

Just a note to let you all know that All Things Local - the community magazine for Kilburn and Belper (Derbyshire) areas has just finished the updates to its popular website and made Issue 10 (village edition) and Issue2 (Belper edition) available to read online.

We've also finished adding and updating the rest of the regular feature pages including Upbeat - our round up of community police news and our regular hill walking route - Up Hill, Down Dale.

So please head over to our website now. Catch up with both editions online.

Issue 10 - Village Edition of All Things Local - click here
Issue 2 - Belper Edition of All Things Local - click here
Upbeat Community Police news from both editions - click here
Hill Walk - Harboro & Rainster Rocks, Derbyshire - click here

Friday 19 December 2008

Issue 10 All Things Local starts going live - at last!

Hi and a warm hello to the All Things Local online audience.

All Things Local is a community magazine that is distributed to 9,000 homes in the Kilburn and surrounding Derbyshire area. Belper now has its own edition that is also distributed to 9,000 Belper homes.

Earlier this evening (about 10 minutes ago actually), Issue 10 of the Village Edition and Issue 2 of the Belper Edition - updates started to be added to the All Things Local website.

Updates so far include:

Word on Wine - This issue - Elysium Black Muscat
Recipe - This issue - Fig Tart served with Honey Ice-Cream
Jessica's Column - This issue - Christmas is coming
New Column - for the Belper Edition - Christina's Column - the french exchange
Competition Winners
It's a Dogs Life - Scrambles the Cairn Terrier says Merry Christmas to a few 4 legged friends

We'll be back with more updates and hopefully the full printed editions online later this weekend.

Jonathan - All Things Local Webmaster.

Tuesday 16 December 2008

sorry for the delay in getting issue 10 online

Hi Everyone.

Jonathan - the All Things Local webmaster here - just writing to let you all know that Issue Issue 10 of the Village Edition and Issue 2 of the Belper Edition of All Things Local, were delivered from the 1st of December.

However, due to a high seasonal workload, its taking us a few more weeks to get everything ready for putting these new editions online.

Apologies for the delay - we're working as quickly as we can to get those 2 new editions live just as soon as we can.

In the meantime, you can catch up with all the latest from Issue 9 (the first Village Edition) and Issue 1 of the new Belper Edition over at our website -