Newsletter Archives - July 2006

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A short Newsletter this time, folks, mainly to remind you about the imminent AGM and report on the successful casting of Relatively Speaking, our Autumn production.

AGM – Wednesday 12th July at the
“Parish Rooms”, Bovingdon, 8pm

Please come along for some business and pleasure this Wednesday.  Drinks, nibbles and the latest gossip will be provided on the night, and there is a £1 membership discount for all those paying their subs at the meeting.  Please note the venue, which is the St Lawrence Hall, Vicarage Lane, aka the Parish Rooms!  For those of you who don’t know or can’t remember where this is, Vicarage Lane is the turn off the road between Hemel and Bovingdon by the Renault garage.   The hall is about 200 yds down on the left (and beware there is very little parking!).

 The AGM is a chance to catch up on the events of the past year (Bovingdon Players-related or otherwise!), hear what is planned for 2006/2007 (2007 is to see us reappearing in a Festival, so there will be plenty going on), and to elect the Committee.  We are still looking for volunteers to join the Committee (down to three attendees at the last two meetings!!) and help plan future productions and events.   Several long-standing members – including Janet and Iain – are standing down so we  really need some experienced Players to help out.  There are about 8 meetings a year, and only “very light duties” so please consider putting yourself forward at the AGM.

If you would like to stand for Committee, but can’t make the meeting, please contact Iain (or reply to this E-mail).

If you happen to bump into other Players before Wednesday, please mention the AGM, as there is no time to issue a paper reminder before then, and not everyone has E-mail.  Thanks.

Relatively Speaking: 2nd, 3rd & 4th November

Auditions were held for the Autumn production on 28th June and Director Imogen Roberts was delighted to find that more people actually turned up than there were parts.  After much deliberation she has cast the four characters as follows:

Greg (young and bemused): William Lovett            

Ginny (lovely but secretive): Patricia Choffel

Philip (suave and frustrated): Robert Peacock

Sheila (charming and long-suffering): Liz Lewis

I’m sure they will do us proud, so put the dates in your diary now – the Autumn will arrive sooner than you think!  Please note the change of dates from the last Newsletter, as we have managed to secure the Thursday night in the Hall.

The play will be produced by Iain King (so no stress in the King-Roberts household then…) and a team of able backstagers is already well on the way to being assembled.  However, Mike Aylward, doyen of the set-builders, is away for most of the month before the play, so please do not assume that no further help is needed – it certainly is!  If you would like to get involved in any capacity, please let Imogen or Iain know on

Membership and subscriptions

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  Membership Secretary Penny will be collecting your annual subs at the AGM, and reminding all those unable to come, shortly afterwards. 

This year we are trying a different approach by setting a lower subscription for those who don’t want to tread the boards.  Hopefully this will encourage more people to get involved even if they don’t want to act.

The standard membership will therefore be £10.  This covers admin, the Newsletter, the insurance we require and a Members-only social event, to be announced.   (We think you’ll agree that £10 is fantastic value to be a member of such a vibrant society….)  Those who act will continue to pay £20, as last year, to reflect the extra costs incurred when putting on a play – especially in a Festival.  Please bring your chequebooks or cash to the AGM – remember there’s £1 off for those paying at the AGM! 

Penny is also trying to knock the membership database into shape (especially after phoning one member’s ex-husband by mistake…..).  She will therefore be asking all current members to confirm that we have their up-to-date details when they pay their subs.  If you attend the AGM you can do this on the night, or you will receive a copy of your details soon afterwards for checking and returning.   We also need to do this in order to comply with the Data Protection Act, so please help us out!

Forthcoming Social Events

You can find out more about the social events at the AGM, and in the next newsletter.  The next opportunity after the AGM is likely to be a summer get-together along the lines of last year’s successful (and sunny!) picnic at Berkhamsted castle.

…that’s all for now!

See you on Wednesday 12th!