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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).

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

Long Marston Horticultural Show.

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There is now a month to go until the annual Long Marston Horticultural Show on the 3rd August. The only potential problem we may have is with the weather! Not on the day, but the problems people have had in recent months trying to grow produce through the coldest spring on record!

A central part of our show is the Flower and Produce Show that takes place every year in the Village Hall itself. Some people who come enjoy the activities on the recreation ground but are unaware of the exhibition going on indoors. Long Marston is one of the only villages locally that runs such an exhibition and it is genuinely open to all. With the development of the Wilstone allotments as well as the Long Marston ones, hopefully green-fingered members of the village community will be entering their fruit and veg at the show and winning the various cups on offer. The event also awards The Worshipful Company of Gardeners Diploma in Horticulture for “Best in Show” in 4 categories. There is also the highly competitive ‘Floral Art’ section under the scrutiny of Neil Gurney.

However, this is not all that goes on in the Hall. For those of you without a clue who to successfully grow plants, like me, the Horti Show also offers classes in a variety of other categories. For all you budding bakers, we have over 20 classes in Domestics, from Cake making to Jams and home-made wine. Why not try to make this year’s speciality cake, Battenburg. You can get the recipe from the Show Schedule which will be posted through your letter box FREE very soon. There are also classes in needlework, jewellery, painting and photography, so you have a wide choice of items you can enter. This does not even include the specialist children’s classes on page 5! 

As is always the case, staging a show of this magnitude involves needing plenty of hands to ensure everything run smoothly. We start in earnest on the Friday morning when the hall is laid out and  mark up the field for the following day. Work starts early on the Saturday as all the stalls need to be set up, including putting up all our gazebos and large party tents. After the show, it all needs to come down again, but we do reward ourselves with a pint or two in the Queens Head ! Anybody who can spare an hour or two would be made most welcome.

Let’s hope the weather holds and we have a sunny day for our biggest event of the year and you are inspired to have a go at some of the classes I have highlighted in the Hall. Don’t forget to put your name down for the big Tug-of-War fight in the afternoon on the field!

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 or find the facebook page under Links.

Could you be the next Horti Show Secretary?

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FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW

NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Long Marston Village show has been running a flower and produce exhibition since 1936, but is now looking for a new Show Secretary to run the hall.

This a key position in the community and needs someone who is prepared to help set up and run the Village Hall on show day  (the first Saturday in August).

 Any interested parties should contact Martin Winship 01296 662388 or Margaret Kaye 01296 662975.

Village Show Plant Stall.

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PLANT DONATIONS

 The Village Show is well known locally for its annual plant stall that raises funds for good causes in the area.

WE NEED YOUR PLANTS

All contributions of surplus plants, seedlings, etc can be donated via our chairman, Martin Winship on 662388 / martinwinship@live.co.uk

Huge Tug-of-War Battle at the Village Show.

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PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!

This Year’s Long Marston Village Show will involve a huge tug-of-war battle between the Pub side of the village and the School side.

 Why not get a grip and have a go or tie your colours to your side of the village and support your team. 

All age groups and sexes welcome.

100 Years of RHS Chelsea

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Following our latest meeting, the theme for this year’s show has been decided as a celebration of 100 years of the great spring show, more commonly known as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Although originally created in 1862, the show lost its central London home in 1912, but the horticulturalist Sir Harry Veitch, who designed the gardens at Ascott House, Wing, organised it to be moved to the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Throughout its time, the central core of the show has been the floral exhibitions in the Great Pavilion but is best known for its myriads of show gardens and is now the central floral show of the Royal Horticultural Society.

As usual, there are a variety of classes that people can enter at our annual Flower and Produce Show in August. We will be producing a show programme soon that is delivered free to every home in the area and contains all the details that you need to enter all the different classes, so why not come along and have a go. After judging, the Village Hall becomes an exhibition of produce for all to come and see.

Article by Toby Davidson.

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!

Article for the Village News – February 2013.

A very Happy New Year to all our readers from The Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Society. Here’s hoping all made it through the festive period and are now looking forward to a successful 2013 and the impending delight that is our annual village Pantomime!

This year we are staging ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ over the February half-term holiday and it is looking like another knockout production from the amazing Neil Gurney. With all the fun of a traditional pantomime, including great song and dance numbers, side-splitting slapstick and of course the obligatory sweets, this must be an essential part of any local’s diary this month. We start on Thursday 21st then Friday 22nd, both at 8pm, followed by 2 performances on Saturday 23rd, at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available now at the Queens Head in Long Marston and both the Community Shop and Meads Farm Shop in Wilstone. Prices have been held at £6 Adults, £4 Senior Citizens & £3 for Children. For details, Please call 07855 369515.

A major production like this however requires a lot of help putting it all together. We have a hardy band of willing volunteers who help in all aspects from Costumes to Scenery, but we would still welcome anyone who would like to join us. We will be at Wilstone Village Hall for the next two Sundays (3rd & 10th Feb) and then move to Long Marston the following weekend for a week of rehearsals before the opening night on the Thursday. We need people to help with such things as make-up, scenery shifting, or even selling raffle tickets and programmes. If you can help IN ANY WAY, please contact Vicky Hayes on 01296 661586 or Toby Davidson on 07970 636168.

The Horti also have a number of other events planned during the year, including the annual village show and a midsummer picnic on the recreation ground. More details to follow next month.

Article by Toby Davidson.