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be returning to his Thame Grotto, laden with presents… for those who have been good of course! Following a poll on the Christmas in Thame Facebook page, asking residents which attraction they would most like to see at the event, two adorable reindeer will be accompanying Santa, and visitors will be able to feed and pet them, as well as take photos in his authentic sleigh. If a photo opportunity for your annual family Christmas card is what you have been waiting for, this could be your moment! And the Snow Globe will be returning

this year too - lit up all evening for you to enjoy. Refreshment stalls will be laden with hot food and drink including the all-important mulled wine - to keep you warm. Gift stalls will line the High Street whilst many of Thame’s fantastic independent shops will stay open late too, especially for the event. Over past years the Christmas Lights Switch-on has included a variety of amazing performances from local groups, and this year will be no exception, with indoor and outdoor entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, from ten

local performance groups. Thame primary schools will parade their beautifully created lanterns down the High Street at 6:15pm - a sight not to be missed! The town’s Christmas lights will be switched-on at 7pm by the winner of this year’s Town Trail and the Mayor, Cllr Ann Midwinter. If you would like to be in with a chance of turning on the town’s Christmas lights, make sure you get involved in this year’s ‘Runaway Reindeer’ Town Trail competition which will run throughout November, find out

information about the businesses already signed up, and the offers available throughout the Christmas period can be found at: Events The countdown to Thame’s Christmas Lights Switch-on has begun and as always, it promises to be a fabulous highlight in the town’s Christmas events calendar. Santa has the date in his diary and on 30th November from 3.30pm he will

Players panto is a real Beauty!


hame Players is a vibrant and thriving community theatre group with around 200 members and friends. Founded nearly 75 years ago and based at The Players Theatre in Nelson Street, the group presents a wide variety of productions across the year from Shakespeare to the annual Christmas pantomime - an excellent programme of high quality entertainment. A registered charity, run and staffed by volunteers, the theatre hosts occasional social events (pop along to the next social evening on 21st November from 7.45pm - if you’d like to find out more - all are welcome) and numerous visiting shows - a wide mix to appeal to all sections of the community. It is also the home of Thame Cinema which puts on weekly screenings of good films old and new. “We are really looking forward to welcoming local families to our pantomime,” says Thame Players Director and Treasurer Tony Long. “There’s a great atmosphere and


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RobbieWratten as Chuckles and Tony Long as the Dame in last year’s pantomime it’s a lot of fun. A great way to kick off the Christmas season. “We always get a good crowd in for the pantomime and there’s often a few that are new to the theatre too which is particularly lovely. We are keen to get new faces involved, not necessarily to appear on stage, although that is great too, but for all manner of roles - lighting, sound, backstage, set building, front of house... we’ve got a great team but can always cope with a few more! “With a couple of events on most

weeks there’s plenty to get involved with. Each year we put on around 30 to 35 performances of our own Thame Players shows and we stage another 30 or so outside shows, which might be music, drama, comedy or celebrity evenings. We host events for the Thame Art and Literature Festival too, the theatre is very well used and a real plus for the local community. “This year’s pantomime is Beauty and the Beast by Ben Crocker, which I’m really excited about.

It’s a very good script, written by a master of the genre and will appeal to audiences of all ages. I’m once again playing the Dame! We have talking furniture and walk-in beds, silly jokes and slapstick and a Beauty who must release the Prince from his curse with the power of love! What more could you want!?” Panto tickets are available via the Thame Players website: or by phoning the box office (at Spear Travels) on: 01844 217228. Hurry, though, The Players Theatre only has 132 seats and tickets will go fast! l The Players Theatre, Nelson

Street, Thame, OX9 2DP Box office 01844 217228 To join Thame Players email: or call Tim on: 01296 747017 To hire theatre: 07938 857291

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Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.

Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.