2016 October – Newsletter


Your committee met on 10th October at Nick’s home. Present were:Neil Barham, Joe Battye, Jane Lavarack, John Parker, Jim Parkinson, Nick Percival, Dale Rivers, Paul Taylor & Ruth Willerton. With a special guest appearance from Bob Willerton.

Apologies were received from Barbara Parkinson.

It was reported that this play had been well received and audience numbers were up on the last two productions. This resulted in us making a fairly healthy profit.

Director, John Parker thanked the actors and offered special thanks to the very hardworking backstage crew who had done a wonderful job (we’ve come to expect nothing less and are always amazed by what they do!)

The committee thanked John for his work as director, not always an easy task, but usually carried out with a smile on his face.

The first read through will take place in Trinity’s hall on Wednesday 12th October starting at 7.30pm. The first rehearsal for children will be on Saturday 15th October at 10.30am.

There is good news and bad news. First the BAD NEWS: Bob expressed concern that some of our panto regulars were not available this time. Now the GOOD NEWS: It means that opportunities exist for others to shine in this, what promises to be, wonderful production.

Ticket prices are set at £7 (£6 for concessions) and a two for one deal on the first Friday. Groups and block booking must not use this night but a similar rate can be agreed for large parties of 10 or more.

As you may know we need trained ‘chaperones’ because we have all those very talented children in the pantos. We are pleased to report that chaperone applications are forging ahead. They should be in place for the rehearsals and performances. Those applying are: Bob Willerton, Alice Love and Ruth Willerton, Joe Battye, Graham Myers and Leanne Crossland.

A risk assessment is also being compiled and will be available soon.


It was agreed that we would set the prices as the same as those of the Lamproom Theatre Company. (Currently £12 & £11)

This play will be taken to the Wakefield Drama festival during the week commencing 29th May 2016 and then to the Lamproom from 14th – 17th JuneThe play will be directed by Paul Taylor. Auditions will take place in the new year.

There was much discussion about putting on a production in spring 2017. This will, possibly, be staged during the first week of April. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Wow! What a great opportunity for you to get more involved. We need suggestions from you as to what to put on, and offers to direct. It could be a full length play, a couple of one act plays or even a ‘revue’ style show with songs and sketches etc.

If you have any suggestions, or would like to offer to be the director, please tell a member of the committee as soon as possible.

Suggestions for and offers to direct our autumn play are also welcome.

An organised system for publicity has been put in place. This, it is hoped, will streamline this part of our operation.

Phil will do the artwork, Dale will add details e.g. dates & prices, Bob will proof read, it will go back to Dale for any changes required to be made and will then be passed to Jane who will organise all the printing of the publicity material.

There were plenty of ideas for publicity buzzing around…..watch this space

The Night of the Hunters Moon on Saturday 15th October.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter this is celebrated at Langsett each year and involves a special masked fire dance. The website for the event contains the legend of its foundation following a drought and the discovery of the Red Book of Langsett with details of an ancient custom….today carried on by Mister Fox and his associates. If you like fire and dancing and an atmosphere of mystery, this is the event for you! Peter Horner says “Its now been confirmed that the dance across the res is at 8.30, so your fine to arrive before then. My post code is S36 4GY. The house is called the lodge and is next door to the Waggon and Horses pub”

Christmas events are organised. Our Christmas meal is on Friday 9th December at The Crown and Anchor, Barugh Green. If you have not yet booked your place, via Ruth, it may be possible to increase the number booked, it depends on bookings at the pub. If they cannot accommodate extra, then it would appear that you are too late.

The Ladies have a night out planned for Thursday 1st December.

Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas party in the hall we are planning a post panto party, yes, a PPP, makes a change from PPI. This will be held on Saturday 28th January 2017 and will be suitable for all ages. Details to follow.

The next committee meeting will be held at trinity on Monday 21st November at 6.30pm . Apologies for the early start but this was the one night that all present could attend because of pantomime rehearsals and other commitments.