2014 June – Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I’m afraid the time has arrived again when we ask you to renew your membership subscriptions in time for the all-important annual general meeting being held at Trinity at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 9th. At present, membership remains at the bargain price of £5 a year but be warned – a suggestion to double that to £10 is to be considered at the meeting so it might be cheaper to pay up now.

Agendas for the AGM will be sent out in the next few days together with a draft of a new constitution put forward by the committee for consideration. Please read this carefully before attending and put any amendments that you wish to put forward down in writing.

You are also reminded that now is the time to consider who you would like to see take a seat on the committee. This year sees the end of the two-year terms of office of Paul Taylor as chairman but, alas, Karen Slater has additionally announced her decision to take a break from her duties as vice chairman and committee member for a few months. Similarly regretted is the decision of our social secretary, Peter Horner, to stand down.

Committee members facing re-election are Barbara Parkinson, Anne Prew, Jim Parkinson and Ian Harley. Anne and Ian, who have special responsibilities for publicity and newsletter production respectively, have already intimated their willingness to step down if others are willing to take their places.

Items of interest from the 16/6/2014 meeting of the committee, held at Trinity, are as follows:

The chairman, Paul Taylor, opened the meeting by thanking Karen Slater (as director of Home Is Where Your Clothes Are!) and her team, for all their hard work. The memorable show is believed to have returned a modest profit despite raffle proceeds being shared with a very deserving local children’s charity.

The production also saw Trinity newcomer Jane Laverack gain the Best Supporting Actress award at the Wakefield Festival and Len Padget named as runner-up in the audience awards for ‘Best Actor.’
Peter Horner, Barbara Parkinson, Anne Prew, Ruth Willerton, Jim Parkinson and Dale Rivers similarly added their congratulations.

Paul reported that he and Andrew Crossland were near to completing the casting for Andrew’s whodunnit play ‘Best Served Cold’ being staged at Trinity from Wednesday October 1st to Saturday October 4th. It is also hoped to hold read-throughs of plays being considered for staging next spring (possibly at the Lamproom) before rehearsals for BSC start in five or six weeks’ time. Scripts being obtained for the readings are to include ‘Deathtrap’ and ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway.’

The good news is that Bob Willerton has again agreed to direct next year’s pantomime unless confronted by someone eager to try their hand.

Peter reported that his Langsett home is busily being prepared to receive Trinity members for the annual BBQ from 2pm onwards on Sunday, June 22 and again for the Tour de France ‘Grand Depart’ on Sunday July 6th.

Around 20 Trinity members are now preparing for the visit to the historic Georgian Theatre in picturesque Richmond, North Yorkshire on Saturday, July 26th. A tour of the theatre in the afternoon will be followed by sightseeing and meal before returning to the theatre in the evening to see a Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society production of ‘The Vicar of Dibley.’ Travelling arrangements are now being finalised.

Last but not least, Peter and Jeff’s home will again be the meeting point for the Hunters’ Moon event at Langsett on Saturday, October 11th.

Barbara reported that the church was very appreciative of a £150 donation made to compensate for any loss of income suffered as a result of extra use by Trinity in the construction of stage extension and sound/light console etc.

The committee agreed to recommend a £2,000 donation to the church as annual payment for room rent, heating and lighting this year to the AGM.

The committee agreed to let Jim Parkinson investigate the possibility of purchasing a dimmer pack and two-way radio communication equipment and Dale to investigate the use of a voice-over IP telephone number to be used instead of the mobile for the box office.

Time, date and venue to be determined by the restructured committee following its election at the AGM.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com