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General release films in July include Yesterday, Toy Story 4 and more...

Balcony only seating while refurbishment continues in the auditorium

AGAINST THE TIDES 7.00pm Sunday 21st July

British marathon swimmer Beth French wants to swim across seven of the world's most dangerous sea channels within a year. With an autistic son and a life-long debilitating illness, Beth confronts jellyfish, sharks, wild weather, hypothermia and mind- numbing fatigue. In an unpredictable and emotional climax, her burning desire to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with a mother’s dreams for her son.


West Cumbria Rivers Trust 7.00pm Tuesday 23rd July

A documentary film about people, rivers and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. Intro by Alistair Maltby, Operations Director at The Rivers Trust, to which 100% of ticket proceeds will go.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY (12A) National Theatre Live

7.00pm Thursday 25th July

Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s book, directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes. The story of a family and a company that changed the world, triggering the largest financial crisis in history.


7.00pm Saturday 27th July 3.00pm Sunday 28th July

Maastricht’s medieval town square is transformed into a spectacular backdrop for unforgettable concerts filled with humour, fun and emotion for all ages.


Royal Shakespeare Company 7.00pm Wednesday 31st July

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.

THE BIKES OF WRATH 8.00pm Friday 16th August

Five Australian friends attempt to cycle 2600 kilometres from Oklahoma to California in honour of the mighty migration undertaken in ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. Armed with an inordinate amount of self-belief, the cyclists set-off on their 30-day adventure with no training, no support vehicle and as one member puts it best, ‘no real idea’. This unique, funny and life- affirming observational documentary, filled with adventure, literature, music and human connection, shines a positive light on America at a time when the world needs it most. INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

Ken and Lynda Dinneen are Lapidary Artists and Rock Hounds

Ken is a Lapidary, Lynda has taught Jewellery Design, Silversmithing and Lapidary Art, as well leading many mining and Rock Hounding tours in and around the western United States.

Ken and Lynda work from their studio on the east flank of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon.

Welcome to the studio! A couple of folks have asked what we actually do with the rocks that we hunt. SOOO... here is a short explanation of the line that all the rocks at Holey Stones must walk.

Of course, they all start out in or on the ground in some far forsaken outback. Usually one that is miles from water or facilities. Anyway, after the truck is loaded with the days finds and we have managed to make our way back to the studio, the rocks get a good hosing off to clean the mud/dirt so we can see what we have. Only Ken has the ability to see rock and gems through dirt!

The next thing is to sort and bucket them for production.... this photograph is of Ken

in the ‘rock shed’ outside the rear of our shop cutting a lovely pink marble called Rhodonite for a strand of hand-cut beads. Actually, he is cutting down the large rough pieces, so that we can again sort the quality and then move them inside to our rock room.

The rock room is a long room at the rear of the shop that houses smaller saws and has walls of large stacked

shoeboxes labelled to identify what is inside each box. By now, the rock is in tidy slices from 5mm to about 3cm and has been sorted to quality. It is easier now, when we need a particular stone to work, to find it.

After the rock room, the rock is brought out into the lapidary area of the shop where the real magic happens. The lapidary area is divided into two areas, one

with equipment for grinding and cutting and polishing the rock/stones/gems and one for designing finished pieces (mostly jewellery) and for doing both the gold and silver smithing.

After we have determined the best way to cut the stone and the best orientation for the desired project, Ken starts the roughing-out


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From the dirt to jewellery in the case can take a month or two, (sometimes years) while we go through the process of cutting and grading, grinding and polishing the stone. All in all, this is just a big kid's playroom!

See you next time and Happy Hounding!

process. Meaning he begins grinding off corners, cutting bits away, just generally starting to shape to what we are after. In truth, to get to the finished shape of a stone, Ken just keeps doing that same process over and over but with finer and finer grits - like sandpaper only made of diamond and worked wet.

Finally, the finished piece goes to the polisher. We like to hand-polish our work, so that takes a bit longer but gives a better finish. Now the stones are ready to set into gold or

silver, strung for a necklace or whatever and so head to the smithing bench.

Finally, the finished pieces that are not commission pieces, are put into the display cases in the shop, listed in our ETSY store, or stashed away until needed. Simple!

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