Reserved Seating – Change to Telephone Number
With immediate effect the number to call if you do not require your reserved seating for any performance has changed – it is now 01255-421819.
Some pictures of the last few nights of the season to look back upon
The New Season starts on Monday 2nd October
Results from Popularity Poll from Last Season
Speakers: 1st Michael Portillo
2nd Mark Smith (The Story of the Victoria Cross)
3rd Dame Stella Rimmington
Music: 1st The British Army Band
2nd The Zoots
3rd Tenors Unlimited.
Overall Winner: Michael Portillo
The Committee look forward to welcoming you back.
Please remember to bring your membership cards each week.
We still have places available should you know anyone that might like to join.
The season got off to a swinging start with music from The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
This week we were entertained by Louise Minchen, with an informative and inspiring talk about her career in Breakfast TV, and then Extreme Sports. She also spoke about some amazing women that she has written a book about.
Monday 16th October
The Importance Of Happiness
An account of the Noel Cowards presidency of the Actors Orphanage.
There will be a book for sale at £10. Cash Sales Only.
Shakespeare Demystified – A humorous take on the great Bard.
23rd October 23
Members were treated to another evening of nostalgic music remembering the great Edith Piaf.
Singer Christine Bovill delighted the audience with her vocal talent and information about the “Little Sparrow”
30th October – Dr Richard Shepherd delighted the audience with an account of his career in forensic science and what is involved, including investigating major incidents, that was both humorous and informative.
Huw Wiggin and Tim Abel treated members to a varied programme of music, encompassing many genres on the piano, alto and soprano saxophones on National Saxophone Day and the birthday of Alfonso Sax it’s inventor.The talented musicians played music from the movies, some original pieces and some classics.
Don’t forget that the Annual Raffle takes place on 20th November Tickets will be on sale next week and at the beginning of the evening on 20th, with draw being made during the interval.
13th November – Appropriately following Remembrance Sunday, a return visit by Mark Smith to deliver the second part of his talk on the Victoria Cross. Once again the members were delighted to hear a comprehensive and enthralling talk that detailed the amazing feats of bravery by those awarded this medal. Mark spoke knowledgeably for the whole evening without the use of props or notes, and answered questions from the audience.
The Society were also delighted to welcome pupils from The Gilberd School, who are also members of the Army Cadets and a small group of local veterans .
15th January 2024
The Society welcomed the talented pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi to open the second half of the season. He was delighted to be able to bring his performance somewhere outside of London. We were entertained with music from well known composers such as Bach and Beethoven and lesser know female composers were also showcased. Pupils studying music from a local school were also invited to join us for the evening in the spirit of bringing the love of the arts to a wider audience.
22nd January 2024
Tonight’s performance “The History of European Jewellery” will finish around 9.15pm as will next weeks evening with Kate Botley. On both evenings there will be an opportunity to put questions to the speakers. If you have any questions you would like to ask, please jot them down and give them to a committee member on arrival at the theatre.
22nd January 2024
Another fascinating and informative evening for society members. John Benjamin enthralled us with tales of jewellery he has come across, and tales from his time on the Antiques Roadshow. His extensive knowledge of gemstones and jewellery shone through, and he gave some handy tips for purchasing and caring for items, for pleasure or investment.