Newsletter Archives - October 2006

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Welcome back after a bit of a summer break, where we enjoyed those record temperatures and violent thunderstorms – sometimes simultaneously!  You must all have been very busy (or lazy) because most of you were sorely missed at the picnic, which managed to find a gloriously sunny hour in one of the wettest weekends in August, before being abandoned in the face of returning leaden skies.  Still, the small band who braved the weather enjoyed a “boule-off” as we compared two rival boules sets.  The general consensus was that the lighter multicoloured balls won hands downs over the toe-crunching steel ones with varying stripes – far too sophisticated for us to work out which was which…

Have you noticed that adverts for Christmas meals have already appeared in the local paper and on your office noticeboard?  Well, this newsletter is no exception – we know you’re busy people, so we want to get into your diary before it’s full!  This is your chance to redeem yourself after missing the picnic!  Starting, most importantly, with..

Relatively Speaking, 2nd-4th November

Rehearsals for the Autumn production are well-advanced, as are backstage preparations, and the word is that it’s going to be stunningly funny (and that’s just the jumper Robert is wearing on the poster!).   Tickets are available from Jill “Box Office” Summerfield who can be contacted either by phone on 01442 832770 or by E-mail on  The show begins at 7:45pm each evening.

Volunteers are sought to put up posters in the next few days around Hemel, Kings Langley, Chipperfield, Berkhamsted etc. (not Bovingdon) – please contact if you are able to help out.

We look forward to seeing you next month.

The Christmas Curry, Wednesday 6th December

It wouldn’t be an English Christmas without at least one outing where we can avoid the turkey and brandy sauce, so we shall be having a Takeaway Christmas on Wed. 6th December at the Parish Rooms (aka St Stephen’s Vicarage Hall).  The idea of Indian takeaway was agreed at the AGM so that we can circulate and socialise at will without crashing into waiters! 

We will circulate the menu in advance to allow you time to ponder (though you know you’ll just order the same as usual in the end), and then provide the order in good time to Zeera.  With luck this should ensure that we don’t have to wait an hour and a half after phoning the order through.…..

To receive your menu, and so we can work out how much plastic to bring (crockery, not credit cards!), please let Penny know if you will be coming, and final details will be sent on to you nearer the time.

Bring your own drinks and napkins, and we’ll provide some suitable background music (“Deck the Halls with banyan branches”, that sort of thing) and a plate and beaker.  Crackers will be provided!

The 2007 dinner dance, Saturday 24th February

We know it sounds like a long way in the future, but 2007 will be upon us quicker than we realise (and want!!).  Next year we will be reviving what used to be a regular event, namely a dinner and dance, so put this date in your diary now.

For those of you who yearn for an excuse to put on a nice frock and dance till dawn (or at least till the licence expires), this is for you!  (Guys may wear frocks if they wish, though black tie is preferred.)

Further details will be available in the next Newsletter.  Tickets will only be available to paid-up Bovingdon Players, so make sure you are eligible!

2007 Festival entry

After much soul-searching by Committee and a “request for interest” by the prospective Director, the tentative plan to put on a Festival entry next year looks as if it will not come to fruition, largely because of the enormous commitment involved.  If you would like to direct a Festival play, the Committee would still like to hear from you, so please drop us a line, but it now seems that we will be focusing our efforts on a relatively large-scale Spring production instead (see next item).   We hope this will allow more people to get involved.   Thank you to those who expressed an interest.

2007 Spring Production

We are delighted that Stewart Woodward has agreed to direct the next production, which is pencilled in for the last week of March 2007 (w/c 26th March).  The choice of play is not yet finalised, although Michael Frayn’s wonderful farce Noises Off would be a strong contender if we thought we could rise to the challenge of the complex set.  If this proves impossible Stewart has promised something similarly entertaining with a large cast.

There will be a read-through on Wednesday 15th November (of the play Stewart hopes to direct, whether Noises Off or not) in Westbrook Hay School Assembly Hall with auditions on the following Wednesday, November 22nd, at the Memorial Hall, both at 8pm.  If you are not able to come on the 22nd, but would be interested in auditioning, please contact Stewart on 01442 240674 or   A reminder will be sent to those on the E-mail list nearer the time.

…that’s all for now!

Just a final note to say that this will be the last Newsletter non-members will see.

Valued audience members will continue to receive details of productions but it’s simply not fair to paying members if the Newsletter and events are open to those who haven’t paid up – running Bovingdon Players costs money, even with the fantastic help we get from volunteers, so subscriptions are vital.  If you haven’t paid yours, please dig out the reminder you received in July and send your form back to membership secretary, Penny, with your cheque.   Thank you!


We hope to see you at an event soon.