Thespians show their mettle to help their club face rising costs
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.
COMMUNITY DRIVEN: Members of Iver Heath Drama Club