Newsletter No 393 February 2016

Dear Members,

It is Valentine’s Day so I turned to my “Poem for the Day” thinking that I would find an apt quote to begin this newsletter and found that the poem for February 14th is by Carol Ann Duffy and begins:-

“Not a red rose or a satin heart
I give you an onion….”

so I quickly gave up on that one, although to be fair to her, the rest of her poem conveys an interesting concept.

“SLEEPING BEAUTY” A message from Director, Wendy Davies:
To be sung to the tune of “The Party’s Over”

The Panto’s over, the frocks are still on the rail
The Crowns and spindle have found a place with the props
Under the stage
Then there’s the make-up on the shelf
With tins from “Bake Off”
The Panto’s over, oh yes it’s over.

Dear all,

So we did it again!! Made a great many people happy and I hope really enjoyed ourselves in the process. I’d like to thank you all for allowing me to extend my directing experience in such a frightening way, but I think we pulled it off. Anyone who has been involved with a panto in the past, in however small a role, has discovered the vast time and commitment that is needed to achieve the high standard our audiences have come to expect and Sleeping Beauty was no exception. I couldn’t have done it without a talented cast, marvellous helpers and usual seamless Players’ organisation. So a very big THANK YOU to all involved who gave to the production all I wanted it to be and so much more.

Donation to Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity: As part of the proceeds from the raffle £333.25 has been donated to this charity.
Lost and Found: Some props were not reclaimed after the panto. They will be available for collection at the AGM. Barrie has lost a bright blue pencil case containing pencils and some small tools. Please get in touch if you have any info about its present location.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday 23rd Feb in the Village Hall – Drinks and Nibbles at 7.30 pm for 8 pm start.

I do hope that we will have a good attendance at our AGM. It is an opportunity for all members to gather together as a group and recall what we have achieved in the past year and to discuss plans for the forthcoming year. As you know a couple of committee members are standing down and we invite anyone who is interested to put their names forward. Please contact any current committee member to find out what it involves. You are also aware that I am standing down as Chairman so please let me know if you wish to be nominated for this position.


As mentioned in the last newsletter, at each AGM the membership decides the subscription for the next year. This year we are moving to an electronic payment system: in other words – standing orders. Please make a note of the Ewhurst Players bank account details which you will need to set up your standing order but please don’t actually set it up just yet! Until you have voted, we don’t know exactly how much it will be.

Sort code: 40 19 22 Account No: 71402528

A note about standing orders: You have control. You set it up and state how much you want to pay the recipient and how often. No need to worry about the security of your bank account.

A Message from Hilary:-

Friday March 18th, 2016 at the Village Hall

Come one, come all to the Film. TV, Theatre and Entertainment quiz. We know many of you attend the regular monthly quiz at the Bulls Head, well now we have shifted the venue to the Village Hall. These questions will be joined by a few general knowledge ones in each round, plus we will be having a picture quiz (just like the Bulls Head) for you to complete on arrival to get you in the mood. Bill Pilcher has kindly offered to provide a musical round so there will be questions for everyone.
The cost of the evening is £10 which includes your quiz and a ‘mouth watering supper’ of chilli con carne and rice. Please advise Vegetarian option when booking. Doors open at 6.45pm. The deadline for reservations is Friday March 4th to We will have ten tables of 8 and the minimum number of reservations should be at least 50 people.

Bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles and dessert and be prepared to enjoy yourselves.

We will be holding a raffle to assist in buying a bench to be located on the Rec. in memory of Leighton Davies who passed away in early February last year. Hewas our musical director, set planner and builder, treasurer and all around good guy and of course a great supporter of Wendy and the Players.
If anyone has a prize they would like to donate, please call me on 01483-277034 or email me at Look forward to seeing you all on March 18th. Till then, I’m busy researching lots of questions.

NEXT PRODUCTION – 18th to 21st May 2016

We hoped that Mike Fanya would be directing Alan Ayckbourn’s “Just Between Ourselves”, a thought-provoking comedy with an exciting set, but at the time of writing this is very much in doubt. The first audition was very poorly attended and although the next audition is scheduled at the Village Hall for this Wednesday 17th February at 7.30 pm, unless Mike is certain there will be enough people able to be cast, there would be little point in going ahead with this audition. Just a reminder of the cast details:

Characters: The character’s ages can be flexible, though Marjorie clearly needs to be older than the other four.

  • Dennis: A ruthlessly cheerful DIY man wrapped up in his own world.
  • Vera: Dennis’s wife, put upon by Dennis’ mother, Marjorie.
  • Neil: He has a problematic relationship with his wife, Pam, and clearly lacks the confidence to stand up to her.
  • Pam: Neil’s wife, a very strong character who delivers countless barbs aimed at her husband.
  • Marjorie: Dennis’ mother who thinks that Vera is inadequate in everything she does and constantly badgers her.

Please get in touch with Mike ASAP (01483 277252 if you are considering auditioning for this play on Wednesday. If you cannot make that date, a private audition can be arranged