Following our latest committee meeting last Thursday evening I have a number of items of news to share with you:
Firstly our "Burns Night" was even more successful than it has been before and we have put £2,130 into the Passion Play fund! A huge thank you to all who contributed to that wonderful event.
You will be pleased to hear that Mike and Jane Swift, who led the catering team this year have also agreed to go ahead and cater for another "St. George's Night"!
Due to prior commitments we will be holding this on the weekend following St. George's day itself; on Saturday April 29th. This will follow the format we established last year and mirrors the "Burns Night" insofar as a dramatic piece of poetry will kick off a three-course meal, to be followed by brief speeches and two lots of dancing: medieval before the raffle draw and a disco afterwards.
We are holding the ticket price at £20 per head and tickets (limited to 125) go on sale at 0900 on Monday 13th February. They are only available from me via e-mail at this address or by phone on 01708 226117. Please place your order promptly to avoid disappointment.
This will be a black-tie event with the option of dressing as a character from English history or folklore and, as last year, you are requested to bring your own drinks and glasses. A complimentary tot of Mead will be served to toast the flag!
"Voices for Easter" will take place this year on Thursday 6th April in the North St. Halls and will be a perfect opportunity for those of you who order "St. George's" tickets to pay for them and pick them up! Look out for further publicity closer to the date.
On the weekend of 28th January, Dave Southernwood and I attended the National Passion Trust conference in Leicester, where we had been invited to talk about the Hornchurch Passion Play and share insights into the production and performance of Passion Plays. We were very well received and as a result two other plays being performed this Easter, one of which is using our script, are borrowing our "Roman" uniforms and staves to feature in their productions. This sort of co-operation I feel is truly in the spirit of Passion Plays, several of which are being staged up and down the country for the first time this Easter. Our own play is held up by the Passion Trust as one to which others might aspire and emulate.