Pre-panto Meeting – Sunday 24th of November.

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We have now heard from our esteemed pantomime creator, Neil Gurney, who has agreed to do it again next year! Neil has been very busy recently and is currently directing a production of ‘Doctor Doolittle’ at the Pendley Theatre in Tring from 13-16th November with Pantomime regular Alan Munt in the title role which I am very much looking forward to seeing. With flower arranging shows in the local area on top, we are very grateful for his time and expertise.

The pre-panto meeting has been set up for Sunday 24th of November in Long Marston village hall where auditions for next year’s chorus will take place at 6:30pm. Neil and the panto team are keen to encourage young talent to take part in the show by joining the chorus so I encourage all would-be James Arthur or Little Mix to come and have a go!

Being involved in panto is hard work but most rewarding. There are a variety of jobs to suit all tastes from selling ice creams to making costumes as well as lots of painting! As we don’t start until the New Year, Christmas Festivities will not be affected and you only have to help us on Sundays that suit you. I would encourage anyone who is interested in helping us come to the hall at 7:30pm to meet the team.

Fireworks Spectacular!

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The month of November is upon us and that gives us the last major public events before Christmas!  I for one have already got my poppy in support of those who died in the two world wars and beyond – something that should be marked with dignity. It is also becoming poignant with the 100th anniversary of the start of the start of the First World War next year.

However, the main focus of our group will be assisting the Village Hall committee at their annual fireworks display on the 2nd. We are blessed in the village with a complete pyromaniac whose displays over the years have been nothing short of brilliant every time! Then combine that with a large bonfire and a full concessions stall offering burgers, sweets and the obligatory mulled wine. This year we are once again setting up on Old Tom’s field on the edge of Long Marston (heading towards Wingrave) and hope for a dry evening and a good turnout from the local area. Please however remember that there is no parking on the field (bar yellow badge holders).

Article by Toby Davidson.

Annual Church Quiz.

This year’s annual quiz raising money for the local churches is on Friday 15th November. This is always very popular not only for the variety of quiz questions as set by our resident bonviveur but also for the superb curry lovingly prepared by our local vicars. Why not come along and sample their delights as you have a chance of winning a bottle of Cava to go with it! Please bring your own drinks and enjoy a fun-filled night out.

For details and to book a table, please contact Carole Harrison (01296 668526).

New Show Committee.

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We had an interesting debriefing session following the Annual Village Show in August, discussing all aspects of the show. It was agreed that a principal aim for the future must be to utilise the arena a lot better. It was also felt that the event could do with some fresh ideas from members of the local community.

We are therefore looking for anybody who would like to see changes to the way the field is run come forward & join a NEW Village Show Organising Committee with new ideas for the future of the our main village event.

This will NOT involve attending endless meetings, more having a couple of informal get-togethers to decide what changes can be made to the field over a couple of beers. You must however be available to help put these ideas into place on the day of the show itself.

Please contact Martin Winship on 01296 662388  or martinwinship@live.co.uk if you are interested.

Article by Toby Davidson.

Long Marston Village Website

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For years, Long Marston has had its own website, supplying information on local activities as well as local history archives.  –   www.longmarston.org

Recently, following local encouragement, the Horti has now created a Facebook page which it is hoped will be used by all village organisations to promote their events. The idea is to ask people to ‘like’ our new page and they will then receive information on all things going on in the village, from fundraising to sporting and leisure activities.

We also need local groups to sign up in order to promote their activities in the village. Please contact Vicky Hayes (vmh604@gmail.com) or sign up on our Facebook page – facebook.com/longmarstonhp23

Article by Toby Davidson.

Long Marston Victory Hall.

Following our meeting this month, the committee are keen to find a new treasurer to stand at our AGM on 28th November. We are also interested to hear from Long Marston residents & regular hall users who would be keen to join the committee and help us in to develop the hall in the future.

Please feel free to contact Mike Tomlinson 01296 661311 or Margaret Kaye 01296 662975