Jack & the Beanstalk

Once again, its time for the local population to join in the fun at this years Long Marston village Pantomime! Great fun for all the family, this year we have a floral theme with vegetables flying all over the stage. With 2 heartless baddies controlled by a fearful giant, will Jack and his friends be able to rescue the princess and save the day? Being staged during the half term holiday (19th-21st February), a fun night out for all the family is promised. Tickets priced at £7 (adult) £5 (OAP) & £3 (Child) can be bought from the Queens Head in Long Marston, Meads Farm Shop and the community shop in Wilstone. We will also be selling them every Sunday from Long Marston Victory Hall.

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

Article for the Village News – April 2013

At our March meeting, we heard extremely favourable comments about the Neil Gurney Pantomime Spectacular the previous month, several people commenting that it was the best ever! The turnout on the Saturday was also full of locals who turned up to say thank you to our long-standing postman, Dave Grove, who came as our special guest. During the audience participation song (where the words got mysteriously lost in the post!), Dave was presented with an engraved tankard with the inscription “Dave the Postie” Best Wishes for A Long & Happy Retirement From your friends in Long Marston.

 Time moves on and the Horti are busy preparing other events that we hope to put on in 2013. Our main event as usual will be the Annual Village Show. Although planning is in its infancy, we are hoping to rearrange the Jazzercise exhibition which went down well last year and the possibility of Morris dancing returning to the arena. The flower and produce show in the Village Hall also goes ahead and we hope to provide guidelines for entry into the show over the coming months.

There is also plans to build on the wonderful Jubilee year of 2012 by holding a Midsummer Picnic on Saturday June 15th. The whole idea of this is to create an informal get-together for all the villagers of Long Marston on the recreation ground behind the Village Hall where everyone can relax, meet new friends and create a sense of community spirit. We hope to put on some games for people to play, including our space hoppers and would be grateful for any ideas on what could be put on.

We are also in the process of working with all the community groups in Long Marston to create a facebook page to run alongside are marvellous website, www.longmarston.org, to help publicise events taking place during the year. We are also running a competition to win £50! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is email our chairman, Martin Winship, with your address (martinwinship@live.co.uk) or pop a note through his door (13 Marston Court). Good Luck!

On the subject of sports, the Queens Head Golf Society have just come back from a rain-soaked weekend away which had to be abandoned on the Sunday because of snow! There will also be a football match being played on the recreation ground on Friday 12th April at 6pm between the ‘Pub’ side and the ‘School’ side of the main road, dependant on where you live. All are welcome to come and support on the day with both sides fielding teams with varying ‘football’ abilities!

There is in any community, be they in town or in the countryside, a thriving underbelly of events taking place for those that want to join in. I have however recently noticed an upsurge in events being held to raise money for World Challenge. This is a worthwhile cause for the youngsters who learn valuable life skills whilst learning the value of fundraising in order to realise their goals. I recently attended a delicious pop-up restaurant and played “Rock’N’Roll” Bingo in the pub. Long may these events continue!

LMPHS – List of Stage Productions.

Please see below for a list of stage productions by the Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Society.

1989
Aladdin
1990
Dick Whittington
1991
So Doff Your Hat (adult review)
Peter Pan (cast of children only)
1992
Sleeping Beauty
1993
Sinbad
“Review a la Pantomonium”
1994
Humpty Dumpty
Christmas Entertainment
1995
Jack & the Beanstalk
1996
Cinderella
1997
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
1998
Mother Goose
Christmas Entertainment
1999
Aladdin
2000
Dick Whittington
2001
Beauty & the Beast
2002
Sinbad
2003
Sleeping Beauty
2004
Jack & the Beanstalk
2005
Cinderella
2006
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
2007
Mother Goose
2008
Aladdin
2009
Beauty & the Beast
2010
Dick Whittington
2011
Humpty Dumpty
2012
Cinderella
2013
Sinbad