Jeremy Irons at the Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards

Jeremy Irons, a patron of The Prince’s Trust, was in attendance on Wednesday 12 March, at the Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, England.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Chickenshed Theatre Book Launch

On Sunday 15 December 2013, Jeremy Irons attended the book launch of the Chickenshed Theatre’s new book celebrating their first 40 years, entitled Chickenshed: An Awfully Big Adventure, by Elizabeth Thomson. Also in attendance were Chickenshed founders Jo Collins and Mary Ward, Sinead Cusack, Geoffrey Palmer and the book’s author, Elizabeth Thomson.

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From the Chickenshed.org.uk website:

Chickenshed – An Awfully Big Adventure

Chickenshed – An Awfully Big Adventure is a specially commissioned new book which commemorates and captures Chickenshed’s many highlights and achievements over the last 40 years, to coincide with our 40th Festival Year celebrations during 2014.

Packed full of stunning photographs from 40 years of shows, performers and supporters, it takes the reader through the history and on a phenomenal journey of both remembrance and discovery. This beautiful, glossy, one-off book is perfect as a memento as well as a gift for anyone with a relationship or an interest in Chickenshed past, present and future.

Order your copy at Box Office

Chickenshed – An Awfully Big Adventure can now be purchased (cost: £25) from our Box Office. If you’d like to have a look before buying there’s a display copy at the Box Office for your perusal.

You will also be able to purchase the book online from our website soon.

About the author

Liz Thomson is well known in the publishing industry. She has contributed articles and interviews to newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians. Previously Associate Editor and Editor of the business weekly Publishing News, she is the founding Editor of BookBrunch, the online daily bulletin and website for the publishing industry. She broadcasts widely, both in Britain and abroad, and has interviewed authors at Hay, Dartington and the Southbank. She was named a Woman of the Year in 2005.

Jeremy Irons at Carol Concert for Place2Be

Jeremy Irons was one of the readers at a Carol Concert to benefit Place2Be, on Monday 9 December 2013, at St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, London. Jeremy read “Christmas” by John Betjeman. (Scroll down for complete text)

All photos by Colin Baldwin Photography:

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Christmas by John Betjeman

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children’s hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?

And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

Jeremy Irons at Prison Phoenix Trust 25th Anniversary Celebration

Prison Phoenix Trust patron Jeremy Irons was at HMP Grendon on 11 July 2013, as part of the Trust’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Jeremy read excerpts from letters by prisoners who have written to the Trust. He also read from Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Audio clips have been made available by the Prison Phoenix Trust.

In this clip, Jeremy Irons tells us the history of the Prison Phoenix Trust:

Jeremy Irons at Grendon Prison for PPT 25th

Heal the Bay honors Jeremy Irons at Bring Back the Beach

Heal the Bay honored Jeremy Irons at their 2013 Bring Back the Beach gala, for his contribution to the short film The Majestic Plastic Bag.

Jeremy Irons at Sli Eile Opening in West Cork

Monday, May 20, Slí Eile opened a new community farm project in Churchtown Mallow. — Jeremy Irons, a patron of Sli Eile, was at the opening – from TV3 News

No copyright infringement intended. Video property of TV3.ie

Photo via Irish Independent

Photo via Irish Independent

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Jeremy Irons Supports Action for Sick Children

Jeremy Irons is a patron of the charity Action for Sick Children.

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Jeremy Irons Contributes to ‘Smellebrities’ Book for Parkinson’s Charity

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A fundraiser from Crewe hopes she has hit on a ‘novel’ idea to generate cash for Parkinson’s UK.

Susan Pickup has written to famous people asking them to list their favourite smells, and the memories they evoke.

Contributors to her Smellebrities book include Sir Bruce Forsyth, Kimberley Walsh, Suzi Quatro, Jeremy Irons, Alan Titchmarsh and Jane Asher.

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The book, illustrated by Susan’s daughter, Jessica, is being launched at Bentley Motors in Crewe on Monday, April 15, 2013, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness week.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition that leads to progressive memory loss.

Every sale of Susan’s book will help generate funds for Parkinson’s UK to fund research into finding a cure for the illness.

Susan’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003.

She said: “It was quite a shock to be told at the age of 43 that he had Parkinson’s. Over the last ten years symptoms have become more noticeable but he copes amazingly well, continues to work part time and is so positive.”

Susan helps out regularly at Crewe’s Parkinson’s branch, helping to ensure local people affected by the illness know about the support available in their area.

A programme of events are planned for 2013 including lunch clubs, a frock exchange, afternoon tea and a young at heart group which meets at the Duke of Gloucester in Crewe. See http://www.crewe-parkinsons.org or call 07592554270 for more.

Copies of the book are available from Amazon and Lulu or by emailing smellebrities@hotmail.com

Jeremy Irons to Perform at Friendship Works Gala

Jeremy Irons will be one of the performers at a star-studded charity gala for Friendship Works.

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Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Dame Eileen Atkins have also joined the star-studded cast for our Gala Show: An Evening with the Stars on Sunday 3 March.

The show at Shakespeare’s Underglobe, will feature special performances from the cream of Britain’s acting talent, including event organiser and Patron, Tim Pigott-Smith, Patron Jonathan Pryce CBE, Hattie Morahan, Jon Snow, and Richard Stilgoe.

Guests will be treated to a champagne reception at this celebrated historic venue on the banks of the Thames, followed by unforgettable and one-off performances, and an exceptional three-course meal.

Join us for An Evening with the Stars on Sunday 3 March, celebrate the best of British talent, and help raise funds for mentoring.

Tickets are £2oo0 for a table of 10, or £200 for individual tickets.

Buy your tickets online here or download a booking form and return it to Olwen Sisupalan, Events Manager, at olwen@friendshipworks.org.uk.

For more information about the event and ways to be involved, please call Olwen on 03331 500116/07702 945548 or email olwen@friendshipworks.org.uk.

Jeremy Irons at Christmas Carol Concert

Jeremy Irons participated in a Christmas Carol Concert to benefit the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Jeremy read the poem “Christmas” by John Betjeman (text at the bottom of this post).

See an album of photos from the event HERE.

Details from cadoganhall.com

Join Children & the Arts at Holy Trinity for their sixth annual carol concert for a festive evening with special guests Julie Walters, Jeremy Irons, Emilia Fox, Brian Blessed, John Suchet, Laura van der Heijden and Amore. Collegium Musicum of London also perform.

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts champions the power of the arts to transform the lives of disadvantaged children throughout the UK. Since 2006 they have worked with over 100,000 children and have ambitious plans to build on this in future.

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Christmas by John Betjeman

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children’s hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?

And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

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