Comfort And Joy
Our production of the comedy ” Comfort and Joy” was a huge success, playing to sell-out audiences with some adult themes and a 15 plus age restriction. We are very grateful to Pam Edmonds who directed the play and ensured that every possible laugh was delivered by a very talented cast. It featured very impressive performances from some of our regulers, including Jim Edmonds, Lizzie Hutcheson and Clyde Young as well as excellent performances by newcomers Elizabeth Benians, Vanessa Sergeant and Alex Goodsell. As usual the production was enhanced by an impressive set plus excellent lighting and sound, where Robert Verrell did a great job in his first outing as sound lead. We are very grateful to all of the cast and crew plus our front of house and backstage people, not to mention our catering team, which was organised once again by Mary Dick-Cleland.
The Happiest Days of Your Life/Relative Values
Our previous two Cafe Theatre productions,”The Happiest Days of Your Life”, and ”Relative Values” were also sell-out productions which were amongst our most well received plays. They benefitted from excellent direction from Heather Young and Helen Halliday respectively plus excellent performances from several VP regulars, including Kate Rolff, Ann Walker, Jim Edmonds and Clyde Young. David Hayes, a newcomer to the VIllage Players, was impressive in The Happiest Days of Your life as was Nessie Burns and Tom Mesimer in Realative Values. We are very grateful to our two Directors and to all of the cast plus our front of house and backstage teams for making these productions such a success.
Annual General Meeting
Our 2019 AGM took place on Wednesday 23rd October at 5.30pm at the DVH. Clyde Young reported on another very successful year for the Village Players and Peter Williams presented details of our healthy financial position. Full minutes of the meeting can be seen by clicking on the link below.
A new Constitution was formally adopted after the Village Players had successfully been granted CIO ( Charitable Incorporated Organisation ) status by the Charity Commission.The Consitution, which is based on Charity Commission model rules, was approved by those present. The final version of the Constitution is available by clicking on the link below.
Under our constitution each Officer must either stand down or seek re-election having completed a two-year period so both our Chairman, Clyde Young, and Treasurer, Peter Williams, had to stand down. Ann Walker was elected as Chairman at the meeting with Clyde Young becoming Treasurer. Peter Williams agreed to remain as a committee member and our Membership Secretary, Jane Uren, and Secretary, Lizzie Hutcheson, were also re-elected for a further two-year period.
The new Committee is as follows: –
Officers & Trustees
Chairman Ann Walker
Secretary Lizzie Hutcheson
Membership Secretary Jane Uren
Treasurer Clyde Young
Trustees & Committee Members
Anita Gunn, Pam Edmonds, Maria Hadlow, Peter Williams.
Heather Young, Clive Uren.
Angie Trew Award
The 2018/19 Angie Trew Award for the Most Deserving Actor ( or Character) from our productions of ”Relative Values” and ”The Happiest Days of Your Life” was presented, at the AGM, to Clyde Young for his performances as Crestwell, the Butler and Godfrey Pond, the Headmaster in these two productions.
Previous winners of the Most Deserving Actor Award were:
Debbie Meeks 2010
Stephanie Cogdell 2011
Clyde Young 2012
Stephanie Cogdell 2013
Maria Hadlow 2014
Richard Evans-Thomas 2015
Clementine Wells and Rosie Page 2016
Lizzie Hutcheson and Jim Edmonds 2017
Kate Rolff 2018
The Award to person who made the Greatest Input to Productions ,as nominated by the Committee, was presented to Jane Leney, who lead on props for both productions.
Previous Award winners were:
Jean Bates 2010
Jonathan Austin 2011
Yvonne Mitchell 2012
John Gunn 2013
Goff Bowles 2014
Andrew Nairne 2015
Ian Charlesworth 2016
Jonathan Austin 2017
Johnny Bates 2018
An additional award for the Most Promising Newcomer was presented in 2017 to Zak Nicholls in recognition of his impressive acting and all round contribution to ”A Woman of No Importance” .
Annual Golf Day
Our annual golf competition, which took place on Friday 2nd August at ”Dewlands Golf Club” in Rotherfield was won by Clive Uren. Clive outplayed a strong field to claim the Village Players Golf Cup for the second time. In total 20 VP members and guests had a very enjoyable day of golf in excellent summer weather.
Subscriptions for 2020 are now due so please complete the form which can be downloaded from our ‘Contacts page’ and send it with your remittance to our Membership secretary Jane Uren. Please note that annual subscriptions run from 1st January to 31st December each year.
Advantages of membership include:
- Preferential booking
- No booking fee if tickets bought during the preferential period.
Your membership must be paid up-to-date to buy advance tickets for any performances. Tickets sell out fast so if you want to book on a table with friends make sure you have renewed your membership before you come to book your tickets at the DVH.
Now that the Village Players is a CIO we are able to claim gift aid on subscriptions. If you would like the Village Players to benefit from this scheme please download and complete the Gift Aid Declaration by clicking on the link on the Membership page of the website.
We are always looking for enthusiastic people who would like to be involved with The Village Players. If you fancy ‘treading the boards’, helping backstage or front of house then please contact Anita Gunn on 01435 873226.