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Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the Com­pass The­atre which has just cel­e­brated its golden an­niver­sary.

If you’ve never vis­ited the the­atre, do take a look at their ex­ten­sive pro­gramme and give it a try. It’s right next to Ick­en­ham sta­tion, con­ve­nient for trav­el­ling by train or us­ing its car park.

The com­mu­nity the­atre was opened by Jen­nie Lee, Min­is­ter for the Arts, widow of Nye Be­van in 1968, and a his­tory of the the­atre up to 1995 can be found at www.hilling­donthe­

The Com­pass is home to many lo­cal drama groups and is avail­able to hire with a dis­count for Hilling­don res­i­dents (al­ways wel­come).

Hav­ing been to many ex­cel­lent per­for­mances there, I was more than happy to ac­cept an invitation to a per­for­mance of Hans, the Witch and the Gob­bin which was the play that opened the the­atre in 1968. A great way to cel­e­brate its 50th.

The play was acted by lo­cal peo­ple and set in the Mag­i­cal King­dom of Ick­en­ham and later Ruis­lip Woods, so who could fail to be cap­ti­vated? Well done to di­rec­tor Fjola Sten­ning, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher Judy Kelly and all the cast and back stage work­ers.

I could do with some magic to help de­feat the lat­est daft idea from our MPs – va­p­ing al­lowed in more places, like of­fices. Where’s a gob­bin when you need one? (A gob­bin by the way is big­ger and more gorm­less than a gob­lin).

E-cig­a­rettes come in var­i­ous flavours but when it comes to water melon or ap­ple tart, I’d rather have the real thing, thank you.

In a pub gar­den re­cently, the fruity vapour from an e-cig­a­rette en­thu­si­ast made me feel really nau­seous, and any­one who has ever suf­fered from travel sick­ness will know this shouldn’t be al­lowed on any kind of trans­port.

As a teacher I was told never to in­flict ‘cof­fee breath’ on our pupils. Mind you, we were told to re­mem­ber the Three Fs too, and I’m not sure how that would be in­ter­preted th­ese days. Then it stood for Fair, Firm and Friendly.

Mr F and I used to en­joy cig­a­rettes years ago, and we know how dif­fi­cult it is to give up. But now you’re more likely to see young­sters clutch­ing their mo­bile phones than fags, while sea­soned smok­ers have adapted to puff­ing out­doors.

Many longer-term smok­ers are still try­ing to give up, which is why they changed to puff­ing on melon steam in the first place.

Re­strict­ing where they can smoke has helped them, not hin­dered them. This idea is not go­ing to help any­one.

Why bring temp­ta­tion back?

Happy 50th birth­day to the Com­pass The­atre

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