The Happiest Days of Your Life

Our last Cafe Theatre production, the farce ”The Happiest Days of Your Life”,was a complete sell-out and with a very talented cast plus an excellent set, lighting and sound it was one of our most well received plays. It benefited from excellent performances from several VP regulars, including Kate Rolff, Ann Walker, Jim Edmonds and Clyde Young plus David Hayes, a newcomer to the Village Players. We are very grateful to Heather Young who directed the play and to all of the cast plus our front of house and backstage teams for making it such a success.

Relative Values

Our November cafe theatre production ”Relative Values”, by Noel Coward, was also very well received by large audiences who enjoyed both the play and the lovely cafe theatre meal. The production, which was directed by Helen Halliday, benefited from excellent performances from several VP regulars plus newcomers to the Village Players Nessie Burns and Tom Mesimer.

Annual General Meeting

Our 2019 AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd October at 5.30pm at the DVH.

Do join us for a glass of wine and nibbles to celebrate our new CIO ( Charitable Incorporated Organisation ) status.

Come and find out what we have been doing during the last year and our plans for the future.

Under our constitution each Officer must either stand down or seek re-election having completed a two-year period.  Both our Chairman, Clyde Young, and Treasurer, Peter Williams, will be standing down and not offering themselves for re-election. Ann Walker has been nominated by the Committee to stand as Chair and she has accepted. Clyde Young has been nominated by the Committee to take over the Treasurer position which he has accepted. Our Membership Secretary, Jane Uren, and Secretary, Lizzie Hutcheson, will be standing down but are willing to be re-elected for a further two-year period.

All the remaining Trustees and Committee Members are willing to stand for re-election to stay on the committee.  However, nominations can be accepted should anyone wish to stand.  If you wish to nominate either yourself or another person, please complete and return form, accessed via the link below,  either by e-mail or post to Lizzie Hutcheson (Secretary) by Friday 18th October 2019. If further nominations are received, then a vote will be taken at the AGM.

The present Committee is as follows: –

Officers & Trustees               

Chairman                                 Clyde Young

Secretary                                  Lizzie Hutcheson

Membership Secretary             Jane Uren

Treasurer                                 Peter Williams

Trustees & Committee Members

Anita Gunn, Pam Edmonds, Maria Hadlow, Ann Walker.

Committee Members

Heather Young, Clive Uren.


Angie Trew Award 

Please send your nominations for The Angie Trew Award for the Most Deserving Actor ( or Character) from our productions of ”Relative Values” and ”The Happiest Days of Your Lifeto our Secretary: lizziehutcheson@ 

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 has made the Greatest Input to Productions ,as nominated by the Committee, was presented to Johnny Bates.

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

A new award for the Most Promising Newcomer  was presented 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 2019 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.


Get Involved!

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.