Bourne End Community Centre
We meet most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm
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We are a friendly club, and we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year.
We try to put on two plays or revues and a pantomime each year.
We meet most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00pm at the Bourne End Community Centre.
We have a good sized stage and have a large scene dock to store flats and props, which allows us to build our own sets.
Anyone is welcome to join our club, you don’t have to act as there are plenty of backstage, front of house roles.
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Thank you for attending the last few meetings about the Summer Festival. I hope this has given you a good idea what this is all about. As a next step, I need to know who would definitely want to be involved, and their availability for mid/end of June.
If you are interested in taking part, please let me know via email as soon as possible (by 29th March at the latest) so I can plan the festival and proceed with the booking of the venue, subject to the interest.
Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
At the end of January I stood for another year of chairman of the group, however over the past couple of months it has become increasingly apparent that my personal and work commitments do not allow me the time to give the club the attention is deserves.
As such i am standing down as Chairman with immediate effect.
Kerry Hudson has agreed to take on the role of Chairman and I am sure you will join me in thanking her for taking on the task and supporting her in whatever way possible.
I will remain on the committee and will continue to support the club.
Thank you for your support over the past couple of years.
As organiser of the proposed 2018 Summer Festival, I would like to keep everybody up-to-date to make sure everybody has the same information. We will meet as a group on 5th, 12th (in the Small Hall) and also 14th March (in the Target Room), to have a look at some potential plays.
Last Monday we had an initial meeting which was attended by Leigh, Jill H., Kerry, Emily, Fiona and Rebecca, Sally, Sue, Karin and myself. As Sally and Sue are relatively new to the club, I improvised a little speech to introduce the Summer Festival and what we did in the past, which I would like to share with everybody.
The Summer Festival was a series of evenings in which the club split into little teams in order to perform short plays lasting half an hour, taking advantage of the local library, which is an ideal space for informal theatre. This was organised by myself, Linda Perry (the “Crocodile’s” mum) and Karin (aka Mrs. Darling). I was Chairman at the time, and the rest of the club collaborated. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for all club members, actors, set decorators, stage managers, young and old, mixed ability, to gather in a different environment and experiment with theatre. It was great for me as a set designer to be able to perform alongside Roger and Wendy in Chekhov’s famous “Proposal”, and our audiences loved the “Deckchairs” series, about two women friends in seemingly familiar situations with an unexpected twist. We even had a local theatre pro, Jenny Quille, direct one of the farces and read poetry. The energy created was fantastic; the buzz of a new theatre festival in Bourne End, people meeting in each others houses to rehearse, and bringing in audiences between 30 to 60 people who enjoyed the evenings. Despite being informal, there was some publicity, we had a simply A4 programme with a synopsis of the play, biographies of the actors, etc. etc. The space, although small, still was sufficient as a changing room for the actors. A typical evening consisted of either two short plays with an interval, or a poetry reading and a short play. One evening we had a monologue (“Roller Coaster”) in the first half. There is lots of room for ideas!
The festival ran for 4 years. Many of the members at the time have left the club, and so this may be a good time to revive the spirit of a festival, with the new members, and providing an opportunity to bring friends, and promote the club. Looking forward to see everybody at the next meetings!
I just wanted to update everyone on the club meeting from the 19th February.
Rick has kindly offered to lead the summer festival for the club and the plan is to put on 3 evenings over the summer with 2 shows for our adult cast and 1 for our youth members.
The plan is to meet again on the 5th and the 12th March so please come along if you are interested.
If you cannot attend but are interested then please let me know
Sylvia Deane was mum of Shirley Roberts.
Sylvia Deane lived in Orchard House, Bourne End for many years before moving to an Assisted Living Home in Hazlemere. Sylvia was involved in making costumes for Forum Players, Brownies when Bourne End had a carnival and was a volunteer for the Red Cross locally. Sylvia was healthy and doing very well until she broke her hip in September, had a perforated gall bladder in October but managed to recover enough to get home 2 days before her 95th birthday party. Then a week before christmas she fell and broke her wrist. Sylvia died peacefully in her sleep in her home.
We will always remember her for her baseball caps, walking frame picking up money which had been dropped, and giving it to charity.
Sylvia’s Celebration of Life is to be held 16th January 1.15pm at Chiltern Crematorium, all welcome.
Regards and thanks
Pat Jones – daughter
I hope you are getting into the festive spirit.
This is just a note say the Forum Players AGM will be on Monday 28th January at 8pm in the small hall.
During this meeting we will electing the committee members, if you would like to stand or make a nomination please contact Leigh Robinson for a form.