Jeremy Irons Officially Opens Children’s Centre

JEREMY IRONS officially opened the new Chalgrove and Watlington children’s centre.

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The actor, who lives in Hill Road, Watlington, cut a ribbon at the First Steps Family Hub’s launch ceremony on Friday.

The centre, which runs sessions at Watlington Primary School and from a purpose-built building in Chalgrove high street, was at risk of closure after Oxfordshire County Council withdrew its funding of £105,000 a year in April.

It was saved by volunteers who received grants from Watlington and Chalgrove parish councils and £30,000 from the county council.

Irons, 69, said: “It’s incredibly important, not only so that children can mix with others from an early age, but for the parents so that they can share worries, look at other children to see how they are doing in comparison and become more confident.

“They can take some of the strain off being alone in the house with the children and get to know others in the community.”

Irons, who is married to actress Sinead Cusack, added: “When we came to Watlington it was where my wife met other parents and our children met other children and we started becoming part of the community.

“This is an absolutely essential facility and has to continue — it would be disastrous if it closed. If public money can’t be found then it must be raised privately and I think that’s very tough but it’s the way of the world at the moment.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue getting help from public funds as the economy grows stronger.”

The centre runs stay-and-play play sessions, a songs, rhymes and music group called Tuneful Tuesdays, a toddler group and a creative club offering arts and crafts activities.

The new-look centre, which is owned by the county council and Chalgrove Parish Councils has been running since March under manager Lucie Hamilton and playworker Maria Berrell.

It can be hired for functions with the proceeds going towards the service. Mrs Hamilton said: “Over the past eight months we’ve been trying to develop our services.

“We felt that it was important to rebrand the centre in order to have a fresh start and separate it from what it used to be.

“We’re so proud of our little team and extend huge thanks to all the local mums who come in every week.

“The community is unwaveringly dedicated to the cause and we owe a lot to the parish councils for their contributions. We have grown at least 50 per cent since March.”

Watlington’s county councillor Steve Harrod said: “It’s important to have these kinds of services and I’m impressed that residents got together and put forward a business plan.”

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Jeremy Irons on BBC Look North

Jeremy Irons – and Smudge – were on BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) on Monday 2 October 2017, as part of a segment on the Contains Strong Language festival in Hull.

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Jeremy Irons on ‘Cerys on 6’

Jeremy Irons was a guest of Cerys Matthews on BBC Radio 6, live from Hull, on Sunday 1 October 2017.

Click HERE to listen to the entire three hour broadcast, via BBC iPlayer, until the end of October.

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Jeremy Irons at Hull 2017: Contains Strong Language

Live from Hull, Jeremy Irons and Julie Hesmondhalgh perform poetry inspired by the city and its poets. Presenter Lindsey Chapman leads the poetic journey through the city. Part of Contains Strong Language, the BBC’s season of Poetry and Performance from Hull.

Directed by Charlotte Riches
Produced by Susan Roberts

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Jeremy Irons in Vanity Fair – October 2017

Jeremy Irons is featured in the October 2017 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, in an article by David Kamp, with photos by Simon Upton.

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Jeremy Irons on CNN Style – Italy

Jeremy Irons was interviewed by Derek Blasberg for CNN Style in Italy. Jeremy discussed his work with Save Venice, Inc. and their efforts to preserve the artistic heritage of Venice.

The interview was conducted in May 2016.

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http://www.cnn.com/videos/arts/2017/09/07/restoring-masterpieces-in-venice-jeremy-irons.cnn

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