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Friday, 19 September 2014

Goodbyeeeee - We've moved to a new website

And so the final curtain falls on this Blogger website we've called home for 4 years.

It will stay here for archive use. In the mean time I would like to personally thank Rob Chambers and Aidan Parr for their work on the new website with its bells and whistles.

The new website goes live today, Friday 19th September 2014 and can be found at www.ihdc.co.uk

Thank you once again.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Overview from A.G.M. 2014


Annual General Meeting  of the Iver Heath Drama Club
at the Iver Heath New Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 at 19:00hrs

If you have any questions regarding the AGM please email carol@ihdc.co.uk or call Sandra on 01753 652 616. This is a brief summary of the AGM – full reports and minutes available on request. 


Our Motto for 2015:
Promote the best, fundraise your best, support your best, 
sing the best, try your best 
and together we can be the best we can be.

Dates for your diary
CARE rehearsal only – no panto : Wednesday 17th Sept
Fundrasing QUIZ Night: Saturday 4th October @ 6pm 
Woking Drama Festival :CARE  - TBC shortly but expect mid October.
Panto Dates (6 shows in total): Sat 31st Jan, Sun 1st Feb,  Fri 6th Feb, Sat 7th Feb.




Links mentioned by Matt – WE NEED TO FUNDRAISE!
Our website is www.ihdc.co.uk and please LIKE www.facebook.com/IverHeathDramaClub - invite your friends to like too!
Easyfundraising! Give IHDC cashback from NEXT, M&S ebay at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ihdc
Everytime you search online you raise money for IHDC! Set as your homepage - http://ihdc.easysearch.org.uk/
  Thunderclap! A flash mob on social media! www.thunderclap.it/projects/15683-robin-hood-tickets-on-sale

REPORT by Matt Streuli, Vice-Chairman & Publicity Officer

The 2013-2014 season for our club was fantastic. In 2013 we performed 3 shows, the Adults showed off their Romeo and Juliet, the award winning youngsters performed Alice in Wonderland at the Woking Drama Festival and we had pantomime.

We've been lucky enough to perform four shows this year: Cinderella at the start of the year, and then our two summer shows; a Midsummer night's dream by our our youth team, and then our first Farce in Two Weddings and a conference. Our teenagers are finishing the year with a great play called Care at the Woking Drama Festival. 

Sandra and myself are immensely proud of our club. Most amdram clubs and even theatre schools struggle to perform 2 shows a year and yet we are doing 4 shows giving everyone different chances in the limelight. 

Iver Heath is an diverse community: in Wood Lane there are mansions worth over £2 million and yet there are people living in poverty on benefits just 10 minutes walk away. At IHDC, everyone is equal and it is fantastic to see children & adults from across the spectrum of wealth, culture, skillset and ability working together over the past 66 years HOWEVER we need your help in a BIG way if we are to continue.

Earlier this year the charity which runs the village hall announced they would be increasing our rates. We do still have good rates but our weekly hall rent has almost doubled. I have negotiated with the hall and they have told me that they believe all hirers should pay roughly the same and I of course argued that not-for-profit community groups like us or the Toddlers and Mums club should pay less compared to a business. Either way, we need to raise more money otherwise we will fall hundreds of pounds short of our rent. I am sure those of you who read our website or facebook every few weeks will be aware of this.

So, I can announce that we will be increasing the membership fees for adults aged 16 and above to £3 per week. Under 16s will remain at £2. We are hoping that an extra pound a week will not impact to heavily on our members but will generate a good portion of the money needed to cover the hike. This goes into effect from NEXT WEEK (Wed 10th).

We will also be increasing panto tickets from £8 for adults, £5 for Concessions and £22 for families up to £9 for adults, £6 for concessions and £25 for families. Considering we have not increased ticket prices for several years and that we are considerably cheaper than our nearest panto competition (Richings Players I believe charged £14 per adult last year) we hope this small increase will not impact on our audience too much. However it means we need you MORE THAN EVER to convince your friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours that we are worth that price. I think the shows we put on here are worth a lot more than that but I need you all to promote it. Last year we sold 550 tickets, I need you to tweet, facebook, email and leaflet so we reach that target again.

We are looking into grants from Buckinghamshire Community Fund, which Carol is applying too, and Sandra Corcorcan our chairman and local Parish Councillor Louisa Sullivan are helping Aidan Parr apply to the Iver Parish Council grant. I am also asking Pinewood Studios for a donation although they have been worried about how that might look over the past few years in relation to Project Pinewood.

We cannot rely on grants, there is no guarantee we will get them which is why I need your help in fundraising.

Emily Ashraf’s mum, Alison, is running the Maidenhead Marathon and has announced she is fundraising for St Margret’s Church and our drama club. She is here tonight with her sponsor form so please if you can donate. The church has supported us for a long time as Reg will confirm so its great to support them at the same time.

I am arranging a fundraising Quiz Night on Saturday 4th October starting at 6pm. Bring your friends and family. Bring your own picnic and drinks. Under 16s must bring their parents/carers. The prizes will be worth it! Just RSVP and invite your friends on our facebook page. 

Finally three quick points two of which are the easiest way of fundraising I’ve ever heard of.

First, I am sure many of you shop online with very.co.uk or Next, eBay and M&S. Well if you go via the IHDC EasyFundraising page then we get the cashback. It doesn’t cost you anything extra so please for your next tesco shop or with xmas coming up buy via our website.

Number 2 – EasySearch, everytime you search using our search engine we get a couple of pence. It doesn’t sound alot but if everyone here used our search engine instead of Google... well we could hit £10 a week easily... £10 doesnt sound like alot but its money we don’t have.

And finally I am always looking for cheap but effective ways to promote our panto. Social media is key and it is free. But it doesn’t work if you don’t share statuses or retweet. So we’ve found a idea called THUNDERCLAP. Think of it as an "online flash mob." When you click join and support, you and others will share the same pre-determinded message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook and Twitter. It takes 10 seconds and will only send this one message. Nothing more. This morning we had 25 people sign up. We need you to sign up and get us to 50.

In summary, 
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If we all do these little things, donate things we can like a tin of paint or maybe do a cake sale, if we all pull together then we can keep membership low, keep ticket prices reasonable and still be the best.

Thank you all for your hard work and as we enter year 66 I want our motto to be:– be the best we can be.

Promote the best, support the best, sing the best, try the best and together we can be the best we can be.


 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

AGM Notice & Invite PLUS Claire's Ice Bucket Challenge

NOTICE:
You are invited to attend the

Annual General Meeting 
of the 
Iver Heath Drama Club

at the Iver Heath New Village Hall
on Wednesday 3rd September 2014
starting at 19:00hrs

All members are requested to attend. The meeting should be finished by 8pm when pantomime rehearsals will resume. The general public are welcome and invited. All members aged under 16 years of age are asked to bring their parent/carer/responsable adult.

 If you have any questions regarding the AGM or questions you would like answered at the AGM please email carol@ihdc.co.uk or matt@ihdc.co.uk

What is an AGM?
The committee who run the club hold a open meeting once a year to explain to the members and the wider public what it has been doing for example where has profits from shows and membership fees been spent. It also where the club elects who is on the committee.The committee runs the club and maintains the policies which rule the club - all of these are available to read online for FREE at www.ihdc.co.uk

Who is on the committee at the moment?
The full list is below including who is (at this time) standing for re-election and who is stepping down. Where there is a vacancy and you are interested in joining the committee please contact Matt@ihdc.co.uk Some positions only require a few extra hours occasionally where as other posts require several hours each week.

            Officers
Chairman                                                         Sandra Corcoran  - Restanding
Vice-Chairman                                                 Matt Streuli          - Restanding
Club Secretary                                                 Carol Campling    - Restanding
Treasurer                                                         Terry Sharp       - Restanding
Publicity & Media                                            Matt Streuli       - Restanding
            Committee Members
Technical Manager & Village Hall Liaison      James Pearce     - Restanding
Adult Representative                                  Claire Freeman  - Restanding
Costume                                                  Susie Calder    - Awaiting confirmation of Restanding
Parent Representative                               Vicki Alone      - Restanding
Club Representative                                Helen Theochari - Awaiting confirmation of Restanding
Junior Representative                              Emily Campling  - Restanding
Committee Deputy                                 Abigail Eady           - Awaiting confirmation of Restanding
Secretary Deputy                                      Aidan Parr        -   Restanding
Club Representative.                                Zoe Munro       - Awaiting confirmation of Restanding
As per our Environmental Policy we are trying to limit the amount of paper and ink we use. If you would like paper copies of any of our policies or anything discussed at the AGM, such as accounts, please contact Sandra on 01753 652 616 or speak to Carol@ihdc.co.uk at the AGM. Otherwise click here for all policies.
   FUNDRAISING Quiz Night - Save the Date! 
Saturday 4th October @ 6pm 
 
Quiz starts at 6:30pm. Teams of 5 max and we recommend having a range of ages ;) 
£3 per adult (16+) and £2 for children. Non, old or New IHDC members are welcome.


Bring your own snacks and drinks (tuck shop will be open early evening).
Hosted and written by our own 'Pointless' Matt Streuli and Joe Campling.
Children welcome however they must be accompanied by their parents / Carers.

Profits go towards funding the Iver Heath Drama Club (a not for profit community group run by volunteers) into their 67th year and their forthcoming panto: ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD (Directed by Claire Freeman and written by Alan P Fryan). 
 


 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

It's Show time! Summer 2014

Our normal July newsletter will follow later in the month. Previous E-newsletters are below and on the IHDC Facebook page.

Don't forget that IHDC runs all year (except for a week or two at Christmas), and we survive purely on membership fees and profits from shows. We are run by volunteers who give up alot of their time for this great community asset.

Summer Show:  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' and 'Two Weddings and a Conference"
Iver Heath New Village Hall, SL0 0DA

Wednesday 9th July - 7:30pm (Doors open from 7pm)
Saturday 12th July - 5:00pm (Doors from 4:30pm)

Two One-Act-Plays. in one show for ONE ticket!!
Tickets are £5.00 each - You need to book their tickets on the box office number 01753 652616 ASAP

The Youth Group are a 40 minute version of Shakespeare's  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' followed by the Adults, who after the interval are performing a 1h10 comedy called  'Two Weddings and a Conference".

Pictures of both shows are available here and by looking at previous blog posts.


 The adult's show is rated 'PG'. The adult humour is similar to Shrek and whilst 'rude' in places it is unlikely that younger viewers will get all the jokes ;)

We are all really grateful for the time and effort the kids and adults are putting in for this summer show, and what a show it's shaping up to be, however we really need you to ensure the kids and adults are at all rehearsals and the shows now! 

On the subject of the shows if you want to see your children perform and, let's face it who wouldn't as they are all amazing, please call to prebook tickets ASAP also if you give your child's name they could win a prize for selling the most tickets! 


So friends/ family need to book their tickets on the box office number 01753 652616 ASAP and quote the cast member's name when they book! One person has sold over 10 tickets already! The prize will be a choice of cinema vouchers, bottle of fizz or sweetie hamper. SO... GET DIALLING!!  

If we can make a profit from the Summer Shows it will go towards paying for the forthcoming Pantomime (ROBIN HOOD) which starts rehearsals late July. (New Adult Members welcome, check out our last newsletter!) 

 
NOTES FOR CAST & CREW :
Wednesday 9th July - 7:30pm = Crew from 6pm & Cast from 6:30pm
Saturday 12th July - 5:00pm = Crew from 2:30pm & Cast from 3:30pm

Full costume and props and make up on Wednesday - THIS IS YOUR LAST REHEARSAL

 
Dates for your Diary:
Please scroll down to our last newsletter for latest events or check our Facebook page!

FUNDRAISING Quiz Night - Save the Date! 
Saturday 4th October @ 6pm 
 
Quiz starts at 6:30pm. Teams of 5 max and we recommend having a range of ages ;) 
£3 per adult (16+) and £2 for children. Non, old or New IHDC members are welcome.

Prizes include: TO BE CONFIRMED

Bring your own snacks and drinks (tuck shop will be open early evening).
Hosted and written by our own 'Pointless' Matt Streuli and Joe Campling.
Children welcome however they must be accompanied by their parents / Carers.

Profits go towards funding the Iver Heath Drama Club (a not for profit community group run by volunteers) into their 67th year and their forthcoming panto: ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD (Directed by Claire Freeman and written by Alan P Fryan). 



PLEASE NOTE - that our Policies have now been updated. Please read them on our website They apply to all members and anyone who attends an IHDC event.


Visit our NEW Merchandising shop: http://ihdc.spreadshirt.co.uk/  

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

June 2014 - UPDATE

Scroll down for the Main June e-Newsletter:


EXTRA REHEARSAL
Please note the change of times!
Sunday 22nd June at Iver Heath Hall
Youth Show 10am-12pm 
Adults 2pm – 7pm


Visit our NEW Merchandising shop: http://ihdc.spreadshirt.co.uk/ 

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Monday, 2 June 2014

June 2014 - Tickets on sale now!

Hello and welcome to the June edition of our e-Newsletter. Where has the past 6 months gone? Its nearly panto time already!

Don't forget that IHDC runs all year (except for a week or two at Christmas), and we survive purely on membership fees and profits from shows. We are run by volunteers who give up alot of their time for this great community asset.


PLEASE NOTE - that our Policies are being updated. Please read them on our website They apply too all members and anyone who attends an IHDC event.

 Fundraising
Saturday 7th June -From 1pm @ Iver Heath Junior School
Robin Hood will be there performing a song and dance and depending on commitments IHDC may have a stall.

Summer Show:  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' and 'Two Weddings and a Conference"
Iver Heath New Village Hall, SL0 0DA
Wednesday 9th July - 7:30pm
Saturday 12th July - 5:00pm
Two One-Act-Plays.
The Youth Group are a 35 minute version of Shakespeare's  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' whilst the Adults are performing a 1h10 comedy called  'Two Weddings and a Conference". Tickets go on sale later this month (keep an eye on Facebook for more) at £5.00 each (under 5s go free). The adult's show is rated 'PG'. The adult humour is similar to Shrek and whilst 'rude' in places it is unlikely that younger viewers will get all the jokes ;)

EXTRA REHEARSAL  - on Sunday 22nd June at Iver Heath Hall. Youth show, 2pm-4:15pm. Adults 4pm to 7:45pm. Thanks

 
New Members?

We are looking for new adult members (aged 20+) of all ages and abilities on and off stage. We currently have a waiting list for Children and Teenagers.
This becuase we are not a school - we are a volunteer group - and in accordance with our Child Protection Policy and physical size of the stage we cannot take new Under 18 members until later this year.

Dates for your Diary:

Ivers' Party in the Park : Saturday 5th July 2014
Iver Rec Ground
From 2pm (tbc) @ Iver Rec Ground. IHDC has two stalls - one of which is a REAL HERBIE! If you have prizes or would like to volunteer to help please email Carol@ihdc.co.uk - Check our Facebook for more or visit http://www.partyintheparkiver.org/

Summer Show:  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' and 'Two Weddings and a Conference"
Iver Heath New Village Hall   TICKETS ON SALE NOW - 01753 652 616
Wednesday 9th July - 7:30pm
Saturday 12th July - 5:00pm
Two One-Act-Plays. The Youth Group are a 35 minute version of Shakespeare's  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' whilst the Adults are performing a 1h10 comedy called  'Two Weddings and a Conference". Tickets go on sale later this month (keep an eye on Facebook for more). The adult's show is rated 'PG'. The adult humour is similar to Shrek and whilst 'rude' in places it is unlikely that younger viewers will get all the jokes ;)

 Woking Drama Festival 2014 - Teenage Play - October 2014
Rhoda McGraw Theatre, Woking
Produced and Directed by Terry Sharp we are entering a one-act play starring just the older teens of the club. Details to follow. Can we win a 3rd award in our Three years of taking part?

Apple Day  - Late October 2014  
Home Cottage Farm, Iver Heath
From 2pm (tbc) . IHDC will be planning something similar to the Party in the Park event. If you have prizes or would like to volunteer to help please email Carol@ihdc.co.uk  - Check facebook for more or http://www.homecottagefarm.co.uk/

Panto 2015: Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood - Late Jan/Early Feb 2015
Iver Heath New Village Hall
Dates once confirmed will appear on IHDC Facebook. Tickets will be rising slightly compared to last year.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

May Day! - May 2014 e-newsletter

Daisy's App is a hit!
 Daisy Adams (aged 10) only joined IHDC in Summer 2013 and became part of the family straight away. She has taken the summer off to focus on other fun things (can't wait to see you back for Robin Hood!) including narrating a educational adventure game about Archie Potts who goes back in time to Egypt! Well done Daisy! It looks amazing!
The app is available on iPads now and there is more information on http://www.localberkshire.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2014/04/28/99801-educational-egyptian-adventure-given-local-voice

Show Dates, Cinderella 2014 videos and Fundraising!
Scroll down or click here for April's news  where we have listed all our show dates and fundraising dates plus a link to our YouTube videos.

New Members?
We are looking for new adult members (aged 20+) of all ages and abilities on and off stage. We currently have a waiting list for Children and Teenagers. This becuase we are not a school - we are a volunteer group - and in accordance with our Child Protection Policy and physical size of the stage we cannot take new Under 18 members until later this year.


Summer Shows Update
Summer Show:  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' and 'Two Weddings and a Conference"
Iver Heath New Village Hall, SL0 0DA
Wednesday 9th July - 7:30pm
Saturday 12th July - 5:00pm
Two One-Act-Plays. The Youth Group are a 35 minute version of Shakespeare's  'A Midsummer's Night Dream' whilst the Adults are performing a 1h10 comedy called  'Two Weddings and a Conference". Tickets go on sale later this month (keep an eye on Facebook for more) at £5.00 each (under 5s go free). The adult's show is rated 'PG'. The adult humour is similar to Shrek and whilst 'rude' in places it is unlikely that younger viewers will get all the jokes ;)

EXTRA REHEARSAL  - on Sunday 22nd June at Iver Heath Hall. Youth show, 2pm-4pm. Adults 4pm to 7:45pm. Thanks

The Youth show is progressing very nicely and Terry ran a workshop with them to help them project and act with their voices - which is harder than it sounds - and they are doing really well at learning their lines.

Dot Cosgrove, Director of the Adult show, has now cast the play and is even adjusting the script to make sure everyone is involved. Feedback from the first full rehearsal was excellent with people enjoying having different and new input. Make Up and Hair trials will start soon, run by Dot and Claire, whilst Dot is asking main cast to bring any costume suggestions they have/own already - especially black shirts and suits.


The poster for the adult play is below but the youngsters will be coming soon - keep an eye on Facebook!




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