John and Betsy Rimmer presented with gifts

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at the Village Hall, West Chiltington on Monday 26 February 2018

The Chairman welcomed 23 Members and Patrons to the 68th AGM of the Society.

1. Apologies: An attendance list was circulated and 11 apologies were noted.

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          The Society at Work

We are...

... a very friendly long established but go-ahead group who enjoy getting together to put on plays for the local community. Whether you just want to come and watch our productions or would like to come and help you're very welcome. You could take an active role as an actor, front-of-house or backstage hand, or in technical support.

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The outgoing and incoming chairmen


Our May production will be A Sense of Achievement by Jean Trew. Read all about it on our Calendar page.


The closing date is near for entries for the Chairman’s Challenge from members of the Society (non-members are welcome to join if they wish to enter). An original one act play, written in the last two years, given to the Chairman by 31st March 2018, is all that is required. We usually only have about one or two entries so now is your chance. The handsome trophy will be presented at the August Members’ Evening.


2. Minutes of last AGM: The Minutes of the last AGM were agreed, accepted and signed by the Chairman.

3. Matters Arising: There were no matters arising.

4. Chairman’s Report: It is a pleasure to report another very successful year. Looking back over previous reports they seem a little repetitive but I think that is due to a structure of activity that works and having well received productions.

2017 was another very good year for our Society. Two great productions and three enjoyable Members’ Evenings formed the bulk of our activity. In 2017, the Society made a donation of £250 to the Macmillan Nurses. We plan to make further Charity donations in 2018, if we can maintain good audience levels. We have to maintain reasonable ticket prices therefore the level of Charity donations is dependent on audience numbers.

The first event in 2017 was the February Members’ Evening. It comprised a one act play followed by a fish and chip supper with our usual raffle and bar. The play, Once Bittern, written and directed by Jean Trew, was a comedy based on interaction between members of a bird watching group. We held three ‘Play Reading for Fun’ organized by Hermin. In June we read the 2016 Chairman’s Challenge winning play by Geoff Adams, Women and Children. In September, we used the Queen’s Head pub in West Chiltington. A good number of our members and pub regulars enjoyed the evening reading The Hitman, by JW Brook. The third ‘Play Reading for Fun’, A Sense of Achievement, written by Jean Trew was held in the Five Bells. The play is being produced this May. The 2017 Chairman’s Challenge was won by Jean Trew and will be produced at a future Members’ Evening.

Our May play was the comedy Party Piece, by Richard Harris and directed by Miq Kelland. The review highlighted: “The cast really worked well together, with a very difficult task of fast delivery of lines, a huge number of props to cope with and numerous dashing in and out of doors, but still managed to create an extremely funny, entertaining and captivating evening. Miq Kelland, director, has done a great job bringing the actors together to produce this fast-moving and well-delivered play, supported by his assistant, Jennifer Steward. Congratulations go to a fantastic set, brilliant lighting and sound effects and a well-organised team in coordinating all aspects of this production.”

(Continued on the Inside Story page.)

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