The shows will go on

Image of local theatre group - Hambleton Players on stage performing

The shows will go on…after a local theatre group received more than £2,000 in funding towards a new lighting and stage backdrop rig from their local Community Engagement Forum (CEF).

The Southern CEF awarded a grant of £2,148 to the Hambleton Players, a well-established and respected amateur dramatic society, towards the purchase of the new lighting and stage backdrop rig.

Cllr Mike Jordan, chair of the Southern CEF commented, “We were delighted to support this application from the Hambleton Players, not only because they are a popular community group, but also because of their strong track record in engaging with young people. This supports one of our key objectives around youth provision.”

Fiona Conor, from Hambleton Players, added, “We have a very diverse group aged from seven to 80 years old and are growing strength to strength with new young members joining all the time. Younger members of our society develop confidence and imagination but also learn skills linked to problem solving, organisation, leadership, discipline, time management and teamwork.

“Our existing equipment was out of date. The new kit includes cost-effective LED lights which has options for extra effects that cannot be achieved with ordinary stage lights. These lights also give off less heat than the old ones. In the recent summer performance Wizard of Oz we had two young girls faint on the hottest day of the year - using these LED lights will reduce this risk and make it more comfortable for our audiences and performers alike.”

Hambleton Players produce two shows per year: a summer show and a pantomime. They meet all year round on Tuesday and Thursdays - to get involved contact Sue Williams 07545 471007.

The Southern CEF covers projects in the parishes of parishes: Balne; Beal; Burn; Camblesforth; Carlton; Chapel Haddlesey; Cridling Stubbs; Drax; Eggborough; Gateforth; Heck; Hambleton; Hensall; Hirst Courtney; Kellington; Kirk Smeaton; Little Smeaton; Long Drax; Newland; Temple Hirst; Thorpe Willoughby; Stapleton; Walden Stubbs; West Haddlesey; Whitley; and Womersley.

More information on the CEFs is available