Th­es­pi­ans show their met­tle to help their club face ris­ing costs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A COM­MU­NITY is ral­ly­ing around a drama group to help it meet in­creas­ing costs.

Iver Heath Drama Club, which has been run­ning for 66 years, has faced ris­ing costs, with the rate of hir­ing Iver Heath Vil­lage Hall, its reg­u­lar base, in­creas­ing ear­lier this year from £17 per night to £25.

That rate could in­crease again next year, and be­cause of this club mem­bers have ap­pealed to the com­mu­nity to help it cope.

The club’s pan­tomime di­rec­tor Claire Free­man, 25, who joined the club when she was three, said: “The out­pour­ing of support has been fan­tas­tic.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses have all been in touch to of­fer their support, ad­ver­tis­ing in our pro­gramme or donat­ing prizes for our raf­fle, and the en­cour­age­ment from other groups, like Iver Singers and Iver Heath Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, has been amaz­ing.

“We’ve been con­tacted by Iver Parish Coun­cil and Bucks County Coun­cil, who are help­ing us ap­ply for grants, work closer with other com­mu­nity groups and other ways to pro­mote our cause.”

Pinewood Stu­dios, which spon­sors the club, has also made an undis­closed do­na­tion, which will go straight to­wards meet­ing the in­creas­ing costs. The club says this has meant that ticket prices and adult mem­ber­ship fees are in­creas­ing by only £1 (fees for chil­dren re­main the same).

The club is also con­tin­u­ing its own fundrais­ing ef­forts, and re­cently raised money by hold­ing an Ap­ple Day and a quiz night.

Club chair­woman San­dra Cor­co­ran said: “We need to keep our mem­ber­ship and ticket prices low so we can con­tinue to work with, en­ter­tain and unite the whole com­mu­nity.”

The vil­lage hall is run by a char­ity, which de­cides the rates.

The drama club’s next per­for­mance is its pan­tomime in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, which is Robin and the Babes in the Wood.

Tick­ets are on sale now via the web­site, www.ihdc.co.uk or by call­ing 01753 652 616.

Con­trib­uted

COM­MU­NITY DRIVEN: Mem­bers of Iver Heath Drama Club

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