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'A Canterbury Tale' is coming to Chilham (Chillingbourne) on Sunday, August 27

Join admirers of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's classic wartime movie for an afternoon 'on location' in this historic village


You are invited to join admirers and veterans of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1944 feature film A Canterbury Tale for an afternoon 'on location' at Chilham, near Canterbury, on Sunday, August 27, 2000.

* Enjoy a leisurely guided walk around the village - one of the inspirations for Michael Powell's 'Chillingbourne'.

* Find 'Charing Street' where Alison, Peter and Bob pursued the Glueman.
[Charing Street was in Chilham, West of Canterbury. At the end of Charing St was the Town Hall which is in Fordwich, to the East of Canterbury - oh that naughty Mr Powell <G>]

* See where Alison met Polly Finn [Barbara Waring] at the bus stop and where Peter and Bob played catch after meeting Leslie and Terry in their salvage depot.
[I'd always wondered why that scene was in there - Steve]

* Visit St Mary's Church where medieval pilgrims rested and prayed before completing their journey from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral

Meet at St Mary's Church (near The Square in the centre of the village) at 1.30 pm for an introductory talk by your guide, Paul Tritton, author of 'A Canterbury Tale' - memories of a Classic Wartime Movie (to be published later this year).

We recommend that you buy a copy of 'The Chilham Millennium Heritage Trail' (50p) from the Tudor Lodge Gift Shop [at least it's not a Gifte Shoppe - Steve] in the Square before joining the walk.

(For refreshments before the meeting try The Woolpack at the bottom of the High Street; The White Horse in The Square; or The Copper Kettle Restaurant in The Square. Paul will be at The White Horse from about 12 o'clock [and by 1 pm he'll be singing merrily - Steve]).

For the energetic, the walk around the village will be followed by a longer walk to Chilham Mill and Chilham Downs (time and weather permitting).

Here you will see the lane where 'Peter' and his platoon ambushed Alison; the ford where the schoolboys fought their 'river battle'; the hill where Bob, Leslie and Terry had their pow wow; the salvage depot where Leslie and Terry discovered incriminating evidence about the Glueman; and the view of the Stour Valley that Alison, Colpeper, Bob and Peter admired on the last Sunday in August, 57 years ago!

All welcome. No need to book. nothing to pay - voluntary donations, please, to St Mary's Church Fabric Fund and 'Footprints' Respite Holiday House for Disabled Children. For further information phone Paul Tritton on 01622 741198 [or email Steve Crook]

When arriving, please do not drive your car into The Square, since all the parking places will probably be occupied. Instead use the public car park at the bottom of Taylor's Hill, a two minute walk from The Square. The car park is off the A252 Charing - Chilham road and is clearly signposted.

Chilham is served by Stagecoach buses from Ashford and Canterbury. They stop at the bottom of the High Street. Phone 01227 472082 for details. Connex South East trains from Ashford and Canterbury stop at Chilham Station, a 15 minute walk from The Square. Phone 0345 484950 for details

Note: We did a similar tour of Fordwich last year. That's where a lot of the location work was done. This tour of Chilham (and the surrounding area) should mean we'll have covered just about all the locations used.

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