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OBITUARIES

MARGARET DRINKEL A Life Member of the Society and holder of the NODA Gold Bar with stud for 55 years service to the amateur stage. Margaret was a real stalwart of the Society, appearing with our chorus until 2 years ago, she prompted for our youth productions and worked tirelessly for the Society, a tradition carried on with her daughter Anne and granddaughter Kathryn.

RAYMOND DOWNIE For many years our property master together with his wife Renee, Raymond was also a former stage manager for the Society and helped with our last years’ production, although unwell. A dedicated and versatile hard worker with a dry sense of humour, Raymond will be sadly missed for the many roles that he filled backstage and we are very pleased that Renee is able to continue with us again this year.

CLARICE STOCKER At 95, our oldest member and Vice President. Clarice was our pianist for over 20 years, sometimes playing in the orchestra pit, but particularly and fondly remembered for her work at dancing rehearsals. She was also a willing supporter of the Society and always at hand for any member who may have required musical assistance.

We give grateful thanks for their contributions to the Society and we offer our love and sympathy to their families

Patron - Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

NODA

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association was founded in 1899 to ‘protect and advance the interests of operatic and dramatic art and of the societies engaged of therein’. Our Society is proud to be a member of NODA which has over 2300 societies and nearly 3000 individual members. The Association with its new headquarters in Peterborough, is able to advise societies on many aspects of amateur theatre and provides tailor-made insurance schemes and has its own extensive library. NODA encourages members to attend its Summer Schools, which consist of drama, stagecraft, opera, stage management, musical direction amongst many other topics. With Regional and National Conferences, workshops, seminars, awards and bursaries, together with the publication of quarterly news magazines, NODA provides the only national network for all areas of amateur theatre in the UK. We are part of the North Eastern region of the Association, our Area Councillor is Mr Chris Ingram and our Regional Representative is Mrs Judith Smith whom we look forward to welcoming to our production this week.

Long Service Awards Several of our members have over the years received long service medals. These are presented through NODA by the Society, to recognise their valuable contribution to the amateur stage and to their distinguished service to the Society.

This year our NODA recipients are 25 30 35 40 45 50

Years Years Years Years Years Years

Maureen Colbert Michael Carter, Martha Tarver, Simon Tonks, Margaret Wood Paul Tarver Michael Bastow, Gillian Bastow Denis Alred Bessie Klenk, Norman Klenk

This page kindly sponsored by MR A. KILSHAW

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Programme - Thoroughly Modern Millie  

Show programme designed by Simon Frater for Buttershaw St. Paul's AODS production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Showing at St. George's Conce...