‘Changing society’: the am-dram’s bold plan to start fresh

Above, Carol Blake. Below, Wendover Theatre Society
Above, Carol Blake. Below, Wendover Theatre Society

On Monday the entire seven-strong committee of Wendover Theatre Society will stand down to allow a new group to take charge.

It is hoped an enthusiastic team of five theatre fans will take over the running of the society, which was founded in the 70s.

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Chairman Carol Blake, of Wendover, reinvigorated the group 10 years ago using a £1,000 grant from the Wendover Trust.

She said: “I’m still going to be involved. I re-started the group after it had been in limbo for a couple of years, but the theatre society has been around for a long time. We are still a strong club membership wise, getting about 150 people to some of our performances.

“For me, its been a heartfelt journey, its been my baby if you like. It wasn’t an easy decision to step to one side. But I have been involved in drama for 30 years and it’s time to stay on the outside and let someone else have a go.”

The group stage three shows a year, rehearsing weekly in the run-up to each one at Halton Village Hall. In June the society intend to join other amateur dramatic groups from the area for a festival, which in 2012 was held in Bierton.

It also stages an Autumn play in September and its popular panto in January – which this year was called Santa In Space.

Mrs Blake, 62, a part-time administrator, hairdresser and therapist, said: “I just want to give someone else a go and have some fresh input and get a different view on things. We would all wish them the best of luck. “

The annual general meeting, where the current seven-strong committee will stand down, takes place on Monday from 7.30pm at Halton Village Hall.

For more details visit www.wendovertheatre.co.uk