CHRISTMAS came early to Sibford this year when a festive film due to be screened on Netflix this month was shot in the village way back in March.
Puzzled Wykham Arms’ regulars found their pub decked out with streamers, tinsel, lights and Christmas tree and a new pub sign – The Cobbledon Arms.
Leading actors including Celia Imrie and Katherine Drysdale (from Bridgerton fame) star in the family film: Christmas At Mistletoe Farm.
“It was pretty hectic but good fun,” said Wykham landlady Debbie who wasn’t behind the bar while the cameras were rolling, but stood back while the film crew transformed her pub and watched the stars standing at her bar.
“I enjoyed meeting some of the stars especially Celia Imrie who was lovely. We managed to open as usual throughout the filming though I think some of our customers were very puzzled by the decorations when they walked in on the first night!”
Production company Mirrorball Films, who also produced the popular Nativity series of films, spent five days on location in and around the Sibfords which on screen will be the village of Cobbledon.
They also filmed in Swalcliffe and at Fulling Mill near Broughton Castle which was chosen to be Mistletoe Farm.
Production Manager Robert said Sibford had been the ideal location: “We wanted a ‘chocolate box’ village and thatched country pub so Sibford and The Wykham Arms were perfect.”
The film is available to view on Netflix from 23rd November or go to the special screening at the Village Hall on Sunday 11th at 3pm.