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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.hillingdontheatres.uk.
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