Fabulous Fireworks Display – Saturday 1st November

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Once again the Long Marston Victory Hall Committee will be hosting their annual ‘Fabulous Fireworks’ on Old Tom’s Field at the North end of the Village (just below Potash Lane) on Saturday 1st November. Gates open at 6:15pm with a stall selling Burgers, sweets and plenty of mulled wine to keep the cold out! The bonfire will hopefully be lit around 6:40pm (wind permitting!) with the display starting around 7pm, courtesy of our resident expert, David Severs. Entry on the gate is £6 for adults and £2 for under 16’s but advanced tickets can be bought from the Queens Head at a discounted price of £5(£1.50) or call Vicky Hayes on 07855 369515. Volunteers are also required to help build the bonfire the week before and help with set up on the day. This promises to be a great show for all the family. See you there!!

Article by Toby Davidson.

Sleeping Beauty – Long Marston Pantomime Spectacular 2014

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 20th January 2014.

Tickets From: The Queen’s Head, Long Marston; Wilstone Village Stores or Mead Farm Shop, Wilstone, or Sundays 2 – 5pm at the Victory Hall.

Enquiries: 07855 369515 

Please note that the evening performances now start at the earlier time of 7.30pm.

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Pantomime Meeting for Adults

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Sunday 24th November at 7.30pm

Long Marston Village Hall

Would YOU like to be involved in next year’s Pantomime?

(20th, 21st & 22nd February 2014)

We are always in need of more volunteers, so PLEASE come along to this short meeting, during which you can put your name forward to help in any of the following teams: front of house (selling refreshments, raffle tickets, programmes, etc.) costumes, props, scenery painting or construction, backstage crew and make-up.

 Neil will also be casting the Pantomime, so if you are interested in actually appearing on stage, please be brave and come along. After all, if there is not a part suitable for you in this Pantomime, there’s always next year!

 (We don’t start working on the Pantomime until January – only 7 weeks from start to finale – so your Christmas and New Year celebrations will not be affected)

EVERYONE WELCOME

Would you like to help, but can’t attend this meeting?

Contact Vicky Hayes on 07855 369515

Long Marston Pantomime 2014 – Sleeping Beauty

TO ALL LOCAL CHILDREN AGED 8 TO 14 YEARS:

PANTOMIME AUDITIONS

FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF NEIL GURNEY’S “SLEEPING BEAUTY”

will be held in Long Marston Village Hall

on SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER at 6.30pm.

** PARENTS MUST ALSO ATTEND**

Priority will be given to children living within the catchment area of (or attending) Long Marston School.

PERFORMANCES WILL BE IN LONG MARSTON VILLAGE HALL ON:

20th, 21st & 22nd February 2014. (Dress rehearsal: 18th Feb.)

Children’s rehearsals start on Sunday, 5th January 2pm – 5pm and continue

every Sunday until the performances. 

There will be only SIX rehearsals before the Technical and Dress Rehearsals and LOTS of songs & dances to learn, so you must be prepared to work very hard and concentrate during rehearsals.

 ALL children must be able to attend ALL rehearsals 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: ~

Be prepared to help with the children during at least 2 rehearsals and 1 performance.

The Dress & Technical rehearsals may finish very late at night. The performances finish 10.30 – 11pm.

For more information, contact Vicky Hayes on 07855 369515

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).