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Newsletter No. 23 – April 2016

The Miners Arms, BARNSLEY

Hi Everyone,

The best news of the period is that Trinity Players’ stalwart and committee member, Barbara Parkinson, is making good progress following her knee replacement surgery and is looking forward to treading the boards with us again in the near future.

Barbara received flowers and a card, sent by the committee, at her Dodworth home and reported that she was delighted with her treatment at BDGH. She was home in two days and now – four weeks on – is able to get about the house without crutch or walking stick. She has had a lot of difficulty in sleeping and faces challenging physiotherapy and exercise sessions but, thanks to husband Clive’s dedicated nursing, is confident of taking it all ‘in her stride’.

Barbara is delighted that the play proposed for staging in the Autumn is the Agatha Christie whodunnit ‘A Murder Is Announced’. The play is known to both her and Clive and has a large cast so Barbara is more than hopeful of securing a challenging role.

The April 8th meeting, held at the Miners’ Rest, Old Town, was chaired by Paul Taylor and attended by secretary Dale Rivers, treasurer Jim Parkinson, Ruth Willerton (vice) and John Parker, Neil Barham, Ian Harley and Jane Laverack with apologies received from Joe Battye as well as Barbara.

They heard that last month’s appeals for a musical director/pianist and costume supremo had achieved rather limited success although Jane was hopeful of recruiting a long and valued friend as piano accompanist and Dale similarly hopes to gain the services of a sewing teacher for special projects. Ruth and Jane expressed their satisfaction with Neil’s work in creating a costume room and said they intend to start work on a costume inventory in the near future with the help of Lynne Almand. The committee decided that both appeals, stressing the social delights of working with the group, should be repeated in this newsletter. And at Neil’s suggestion, it was also agreed to make the opportunities known to volunteer section of the local ‘Love Where You Live’ newsletter.

In the absence of director, Mike Rosse, Paul Taylor reported that rehearsals for the Mike Leigh comedy, Abigail’s Party, are progressing favourably despite holiday absences and Mike’s recent illness. And anyone attending Wednesday evening rehearsals club night could not help but be impressed with the transformation of the stage into a suburban garden. With posters and flyers already available and further radio and newspaper publicity planned, the main task now is the sale of tickets and, for that, we rely heavily on our members.

Remember, the show opens at Trinity on Wednesday May 18th and runs until Saturday the 21st.. Anyone away for those dates, however, has the chance to see Alice Willerton, Sally Moxon, Callum Clarke, Joe Battye and Paul Taylor in action on the big stage of Wakefield’s Theatre Royal and Opera House on Wednesday, June 1s

The committee recommended that Opposite Sex, the comedy being directed by the Rev. Nick Percival as our newly-introduced summer-slot production should be staged at Trinity from Wednesday July 13th to Saturday, July 16th. While the four-strong cast has yet to be announced, read-throughs were fairly well attended providing Nick with some interesting options. His task now looks easier as Jane Laverack has volunteered her services as producer.

Considerable discussion followed on the choice of the Autumn production with John Parker presenting four large-cast alternatives following selection suggestions from Bob Willerton. The four were the Ray Cooney farce It Runs In The Family; the Christmas-flavoured Mike Harding comedy Comfort and Joy; Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced and the Derek Webb spoof whodunnit, Murder At The Vicarage Hall. As mentioned earlier, Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced – her first play to be televised back in 1956 with Gracie Fields and a youthful Roger Moore taking prominent roles – gained the committee’s recommendation.

Paul Taylor reported that while Andrew Crossland has already volunteered to direct our Autumn production, the fact that AMIA has two prominent parts for young men may mean that he chooses to join the cast himself. Should that be the case, both Bob Willerton and John Parker have intimated their willingness to take the director’s chair. The Autumn show is to be staged at Trinity in early to mid October.

Further discussion took place with regards forward-planning and the possibility of offering our audiences a Trinity season ticket at a reduced rate. It was also decided to approach the Lamproom Theatre with a view to obtaining possible dates for staging a production there.

Ruth announced that she was continuing to examine all the necessary requirements for running a junior section/summer stage school. Unfortunately Joe Battye was experiencing a busy time as work in addition to being busy with rehearsals for Abigail’s Party.

Neil reported that completion of the costume room would be followed by the creation of shelves in the basement for the storage of all items unlikely to be affected by the damp atmosphere. The committee authorised expenditure up to a maximum of £150.

Peter Horner has informed us that Saturday, April 23rd is the date that he and Jeff are offering their superbly-appointed Langsett home for the screening of last year’s award-winning Whose Life Is It Anyway? The screening is being combined with a takeaway Indian or Chinese meal. Start time is 7pm and some lager is ready to be consumed. Anyone requiring something more exotic should bring their own. Needless to say, Peter is asking all those hoping to attend to give notification ASAP.

The date of Trinity Players’ now traditional ‘midsummer madness’ event is Saturday July 2nd and the venue is the garden of Bob and Ruth Willerton’s home in Regent Gardens, Barnsley. Anyone able to help with site preparation, food provision, games and entertainment etc. should make themselves known now.

Tuesday May 3rd 7.30pm at Trinity
Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com



Newsletter No. 22 – March 2016

Trinity Church, BARNSLEY

Hi Everyone,

Last night’s ‘open’ committee meeting resulted in two appeals being made to our members…both aimed at gaining specialised help. The first is for a musical director and/or piano/keyboard accompanist while the second is a repeat appeal for a costume/wardrobe supremo or supervisory team.

In neither case do our targets have to be members of Trinity Players. The recent growth in voluntary organisations and charities reveal that many people are anxious to spend their leisure time in a rewarding and public-spirited way often with no desire for remuneration. We’re asking you, therefore, if you know family members, friends, neighbours or colleagues who might be persuaded to provide such specialist help as we step up our activities to stage four shows a year and set up a junior section which may stage its own shows – possibly musicals – in the future.

Of course, it would help, if you could sound out such talented people and convince them of the joys of TP membership before submitting their name to our charm offensive team tasked with recruiting talented volunteers. If your approach is not met swiftly with unparliamentary language, then the next step is to contact any committee member with his or her details. We look forward to hearing from you.

The meeting, held at Trinity, saw our chairman, Paul Taylor, accept apologies from Rev. Nick Percival; Barbara Parkinson, Anne Prew, Joe Battye and Alice Willerton. Committee members Dale Rivers (Sec); Jim Parkinson (Treas); Ruth Willerton (Vice); Ian Harley, Neil Barham, John Parker, Jane Laverack were joined by members: Phil Johnson, Lynne Almond, Bob Willerton, Andrew Crossland, Michael Ross and Gabor Temleitner.

Jim Parkinson gave details of our current financial position adding that payment to the church for the use of the hall for the pantomime shows in January was paid in good time and cashed on February 11th. The success of the pantomime meant that we are already in credit from the beginning of the financial year. It has also been possible to pay the rites of our next production, Abigail’s Party.

Paul reported that his hopes of engaging a ceilidh band for an event combining a TP social evening with his 60th birthday party on March 19th had, unfortunately, been dashed. His birthday is now officially “postponed” until further notice.

Neil reported that Peter Horner and Jeff were still offering their Langsett home as the venue for the screening of his recording of TP’s award-winning drama Whose Life Is It Anyway? The expected date is Saturday April 23rd

Ruth reported that Saturday July 2nd is still the planned date of the Trinity Players traditional ‘midsummer mayhem’ event being staged this year at the Willerton home in Regent Gardens, off Huddersfield Road, Barnsley. The event may – just may – take the form of a barbecue!

1605-web-abigails-partyDirector Michael reported that both he and the cast are enjoying rehearsals for Abigail’s party which will be our entry in this year’s Wakefield Festival on Wednesday June 1st after completing its May 18th-21st run at Trinity. While rehearsals are currently taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays, some dates may be lost as a result of holidays booked by cast members.

Set construction is also well advanced with painting likely to start next week. Mike’s appeal for the loan of a patio table and two chairs resulted in a prompt offer of help from the chairman. Also required is a quantity of realistic-looking artificial flowers together with troughs or planters to contain them. Can anyone help on that score?

Jane Laverack reported that publicity for the show – hopefully including an item in the Chronicle as well as two advertisements – is in hand as is the printing of posters and flyers.

John Parker announced that Rev. Nick had confirmed he was prepared to direct the comedy ‘Opposite Sex’ for staging at Trinity in July. Emails giving details about the parts and the characters to be portrayed are to go out in the near future.

Andrew Crossland confirmed that he had volunteered to direct this year’s Autumn show to be staged from early to mid October. The choice of play was now being discussed. Andrew said he would be pleased to hear suggestions from anyone with knowledge of plays suiting TP’s current strengths.

Jane Laverack was thanked for her work in the purchase of identity badges to be worn by front-of-house and production-team personnel during shows.

General discussion took place on a number of items including:

1… Bob Willerton’s thoughts on this year’s Penistone pantomime and our choice of pantomime for next year (Sleeping Beauty and Sinbad The Sailor being current favourites) and also future productions on the drama front. Bob also raised the possibility of taking future productions out on tour for one-night shows at church halls and community halls in the Barnsley area. Plays being put forward by Bob for consideration include: ‘Comfort And Joy’ and a revised (hopefully) version of Forever Young written by our former chairman John Slater.

2 – The dangers of running two shows with large casts consecutively. Dale Rivers said the decision to follows Abigail’s Party, a play with a relatively small cast, with another play with a small cast (Opposite Sex) meant that the Autumn show was likely to have a big cast with that show being followed by the big-casted pantomime. In future, it might be better for plays with large and small casts to follow each other alternately.

3 – Wardrobe Room. Neil reported that work had started on converting the former male changing room into a wardrobe room, complete with table and electric sewing machine.

4 – Youth Theatre. Discussion took place on the type of shows that could be staged by (or with the help of) the youth section now being introduced and, hopefully, fully operational by the school summer holidays. Among titles mentioned with The Chronicles of Narnia and Bugsy Malone.

5 – Pantomime Script. Hugh Jones proposed a motion which was passed without dissent saying it was “desirable” to have an original script for next year’s pantomime. Dale added that Esther Dyson had expressed her willingness to edit such a script on several occasions. Hugh went on to extol the advantages of having in-house musical directors or accompanist and wardrobe supervisors.

Date and Venue to be arranged.
Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 20 – December 2015

December 2015

This newsletter differs from most of its predecessors as it’s not a report of a committee meeting.. That doesn’t mean to say that there hasn’t been a meeting…there has! Under the chairmanship of Paul Taylor, members spent Tuesday December 8th laboriously considering the requirements and pitfalls of establishing our junior wing and some of the decisions made have already been implemented.  Those attending rehearsals may now notice that should sign in on arrival and that several areas of Trinity are now out of bounds to young people to comply with health and safety requirements.

But don’t be afraid, this newsletter is not going to bore you with the details of the requirements. It is, in fact, going to start with some important dates for the diary. The first is this Saturday, December 19th when 7pm is the start of Trinity Players’ first Christmas party in recent years if, indeed, not its first ever. Open to members, their family and friends, it’s being held at our Trinity home and will feature all manner of fun, games and festive fayre. Already lined up is a Trinity Tots Identity competition, Christmas and music quizzes and there’s also a pinatta for the children, a giant Connect 4 and a Jenga on offer.

And if you have something amusing or entertaining to offer, the floor could be yours! Just contact our organisational team of Joe Battye and Ruth Willerton. The cost is £5 for adults, who are asked to bring their own drinks, and £3 for children. The difficulty is that the money is required immediately to cover the cost of catering etc. However, a phone call to myself, promising to pay up on arrival should ensure that you don’t miss out.

At the time of writing, there is just one rehearsal remaining for Act two and two dance sessions before the first of two full runs on Monday, January 4th . Saturday, January 9th will then see the start of a busy week with the final dance session that day followed by the technical rehearsal on Monday the 13th and the final full run on Wednesday, January 11th . Will all cast members note that we intend to invite the Chronicle to take a photograph at the first full run on Monday January 4th so we would appreciate everyone being PRESENT AND IN COSTUME BY 7.15pm. Similarly, some members of the cast may be asked to visit Barnsley town centre on Saturday, December 9th to hand out promotional leaflets. Those wishing to take part are asked to contact Jane Laverack in the first instance.

With this pantomime having such a large cast and volunteers being required backstage to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our 12 junior members, this is the production which will tax our ability to provide front-of-house cover to the limit. We are therefore asking you all to consider whether you can help us ensure the safety and comfort of our audiences and, of course, be prepared to serve them with refreshments. And if you can’t help, I’m hoping that you might prevail on your husband, wife, son, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, neighbour or partner to help us? All we ask is that you study the dates and times of the performances and inform me which shows you or yours can help. My email address is ianharley@talktalk.net or you can text me on 077 8085 8078. I look forward to hearing from you!

Last but not least, our backstage wizard – alias Neil – says he is still in the market for help with set painting and construction etc. so if you want to work off some of that festive flab…he’s your man!

Have a gud’un!
Ian Harley pp the Committee.


Newsletter No. 19 – November 2015

November 2015
The Willertons, BARNSLEY

Well Rudolf, Dasher and team are dragging Christmas towards us at full speed so now’s a good time to remind you that Saturday, December 19th is the date of our first Christmas party within our Trinity home in recent years.

Social secretary Joe Battye and team are now planning a feast of music, fun and festive fayre containing quizzes, party games, a Christmas dessert bake-off and more. The event is open to Trinity members, family and friends and the doors will open at 7pm and close at 11.30.

The cost is £5 per adults and £3 for children – to be paid in advance – with the number of tickets required to be sent by email to joebattye21@gmail.com before Saturday, December 12th.  Payment can be made at any Wednesday evening or Saturday morning rehearsal.

One of the events planned is a ‘Guess the Trinity Toddler’ competition in which photographs of Trinity members – when aged around one to five – will adorn the walls. Equipped with a list of names of those featured, contestants will be asked to marry pictures and names together correctly with a small prize going to the winner. We’re therefore asking members to hand sealed envelopes containing their photograph and name to Ian Harley at any rehearsal or, alternatively, to email them to ianharley@talktalk.net ASAP….why not do it now?

Last but not least, we’d also like to hear from anyone available to help with catering and hall decoration.

1601-flyer-jackbeanstalkJACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Pantomime director Dale Rivers made two major appeals at Tuesday’s committee meeting, held at Trinity. The first is for someone to step into the role of costumier or – better still – to form a small team to ensure that all cast members have suitable costumes which fit them. Anyone able to help should make contact now.   The second appeal is for a big improvement in attendances at rehearsals some of which have seen more readers-in than cast members!!!  The children, on the other hand, have been enthusiastically attending their rehearsals and dance numbers are beginning to look good. The box office is up and running and the first tickets sold. A production team has now been joined by a set/scenery/props team and both are hard at work.

The committee agreed to fund the purchase of a cow costume if necessary. It also agreed to ask Ruth Willerton to investigate the requirements of CRB checking and her assistant director/producer husband, Bob, to investigate the hire of additional costumes if required.  Jim Parkinson, meantime, is to examine whether financial benefits would accrue from audience sale of ices as well as sweets. It was noted that it may become necessary for adult cast members to join the juniors at some Saturday rehearsals and that chaperones may be required for the children during the course of the shows.

Chairman Paul Taylor reported that three parties had expressed interest in taking out advertisements in the pantomime programme being prepared by committee secretary Dale Rivers.  It was agreed to again publicise the pantomime with an appearance by the cast, in costume, within the market area…Jane Laverack to make the relevant inquiries as well as handling printing arrangements for flyers etc.  Ian Harley will seek editorial coverage, hopefully including a photograph of the cast in costume, in the Chronicle with paid-for advertisements being placed in two issues prior to opening night.

The committee decided that the 2016 spring production should be the Mike Leigh comedy Abigail’s Party directed by Michael Rosse. The play should open at Trinity in the week beginning Monday, May 16th and will also form our entry in the Wakefield Festival which is to open on Monday May 30th . It is intended that the summer production being introduced to reflect our currently healthy membership figures should be David Tristram’s Opposite Sex. Being directed by the Rev. Nick Percival, it is to be staged at Trinity in July, shortly before the end of the school summer term. No decision has been taken, as yet, with regard to the autumn production which, it is hoped, will be staged at Barnsley’s Lamproom Theatre in October.

Tuesday December 15th at 7.30pm.  The venue to be announced later.  Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 18 – October 2015

Tuesday 27th October 2015
The Willertons, BARNSLEY

Hi All,

And now for something completely different!….Last month’s meeting of Trinity Players’ committee decided to stage a very different Christmas celebration this year.

Instead of the usual formal meal, they have decided to stage a festive feast of fun, fayre and frivolity with a party held at our own Crookes Street home. So please get your diaries out and note that the date will be Saturday, December 19th; the charge will be £5 a head and members are invited to bring family members and/or close friends with them to join the merriment.

While music and fun will be the order of the evening, there will also be a quiz and the opportunity for attendees to entertain in a variety of ways. So if you’d like to perform your party piece or have other ways of keeping us entertained, please contact social secretary Joe Battye or any committee member. The same goes for anyone able to help with the catering and hall decoration.

The decision to go for an informal party was taken by Paul Taylor (chairman); secretary Dale Rivers, treasurer Jim Parkinson, and colleagues: Ruth Willerton, Neil Barham, John Parker and Joe Battye at the meeting, held at the Willerton home. (Apologies being received from Barbara Parkinson, Jane Laverack and Ian Harley). It followed consideration of festive fayre on offer at various locations including the Dodworth’s Holiday Inn and The Fairway, Wortley Hall, Barnsley FC, Shaw Lane Sports Centre and The Talbot at Mapplewell.

Dale Rivers, taking over in the hot seat following six years of Bob Willerton direction, announced that rehearsals are now under way for our 2016 pantomime production, Jack and the Beanstalk.

The show is being staged at Trinity Hall at 7pm on Fridays January 15 and 22, at 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturdays January 16 and 23, and at 4pm on Sunday, January 17. Two deals will be in place to offset the increase in admission prices. The first is a family ticket for two adults and two children being on offer at £20while the second is a two-for-one offer on tickets forthe opening Friday. Those making bookings, however, will have to fund credit card charges.

Dale reported that his appeal for performers to register their interest resulted in a good response. An increased number of children are now showcasing their dancing talents under the watchful eye of choreographer Joe Battye on Saturday mornings.

Flyers are being printed and Neil has recruited Malcolm Afferson, John Ryal, Phil Johnson and Ian Harley to his production team not to mention Bob Willerton as his right-hand man.

Last but not least, Jim Parkinson is already making great headway on music and lights.

Director John Parker congratulated everyone on a great performance adding that audiences had shown appreciation of the new carpet.

Treasurer Jim reported that the show had made a nett profit in the region of £678.

The meeting decided that pantomime casts should be encouraged to mingle with audiences, greet friends and pose for photographs with children etc. at the end of performances. For plays, however, that role should be undertaken only by front-of-house staff as part of their standard duties.

FoH staff will also be asked, at future performances, to record walk-ins on the seating plan and hand the sheet in together with the takings.

Members decided to keep the newsletter after each meeting and in its current format.

The schedule was agreed but is yet to be ratified. Suggestions discussed include:

1) Abigail’s Party (Mike Leigh)
2) Opposite Sex (David Tristram)
3) Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie)
4) Gaslight (Patrick Hamilton)
5) Walter Ego (Our own Andrew Crossland)
6) Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Oscar Wilde)

It was decided to take the Autumn 2016 production to the Lamproom.

Joe Battye produced some ideas and will come up with a firm plan.

There is a lot of backing for this project and volunteers will be required. Please make your availability known.

November 24th. Venue to be arranged.
Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 17 – September 2015

Tuesday 29th September 2015
The Miners, BARNSLEY

The unexpected elopement of our multi-talented sound and lighting technician, Jim Parkinson, with the social secretary of DO-NUTS (Dodworth Over-90s Nude Trampoline Society) meant that Trinity Players’ Committee spent most of Tuesday’s meeting bouncing around in the dark. We now understand that Jim’s illogical behaviour stems from his unfortunate encounter with the narrow metal protuberance of a passing Ford Transit cargo vehicle. It seems the resultant wound became infected and resulted in temporary insanity (a condition which Jim tells us is known as Van Aerial Disease). Needless to say, Jim will be welcomed back to our ranks once that insanity has returned to a state of permanency.

Well hopefully that load of balderdash will have attracted your attention and got you into the second sentence of this newsletter. There is, however, a serious side to it as our secretary, Dale, told the meeting that some members have confided that they never read this newsletter. So what are your views? Is this newsletter unnecessary and should this 18th issue be the last? If you want it to continue, perhaps you would be kind enough to acknowledge receipt this newsletter and indicate whether you have read it? Thanking you in anticipation.

The meeting, held at the Miners’ Rest in Old Town, attracted a full complement of members: Paul Taylor (chair), Dale Rivers (Sec), Jim Parkinson (treas), Ruth Willerton (Vice), Barbara Parkinson, Joe Battye, Jane Laverack, John Parker, Neil Barham and Ian Harley. It opened with Barbara reporting the death of Mrs Doris Austin, a member of the society for many years and well remembered for her diligence in the role of prompt, attending every rehearsal.

It was agreed that a card of condolence be sent to the family on behalf of the society.


Director John Parker reported that rehearsals for SHTR were progressing well and had already reached the scripts-down stage. He thanked Neil and his team for a magnificent set constructed well ahead of schedule and Jim for his sound and lighting effects. John’s main concern is now with publicity and ticket sales.

Jim appealed for all members to help minimise box office commission payments by booking seats for the show through himself, Dale or Bob Willerton who is manning the Trinity Box Office telephone on 07510967772. Bob can also be texted on 07960459014 or emailed at bobwillerton@yahoo.co.uk

Dale announced that he intends to pay for an advertisement for the show on Facebook which, if shared by all Trinity members to all their friends, could see up to 17,000 people received details of the show. Please keep an eye on FB notifications.

Jane and Ian undertook to seek further publicity on local radio and in the Barnsley Chronicle etc.

Joe reported she is now in contact with a young woman suitably qualified for running theatre classes (production as well as performance) for children during school holidays. The hope is that such classes could lead to rehearsals for a children’s show – September being the most suitable month to capitalise on skills gained during the summer holidays. No doubt we’ll be seeking your help if things go ahead.

Consideration was given to cast members mingling with and speaking to members of audiences at the close of shows. It was decided to allow pantomime cast members to join with the audience and pose for photographs etc. should they wish to do so.

Also discussed was a suggestion to offer unsold seats at discount prices to residents of local old people’s homes, senior citizen clubs and the like. Further investigation is to follow.

Disability access – Neil was asked to look again at ways of improving access for disabled people at Trinity.

Dale reported that a production meeting had already been held for our 2016 pantomime offering, Jack And The Beanstalk, being staged at Trinity at 7pm on Fridays January 15 and 22; 4pm on Sunday, January 17. Prices are to rise from the current £6 (£5 concessions) to £6.50 (£5.50 concessions).

Director Dale would like to hear from anyone with suitable pantomime jokes or suggestions for comic interludes on home@dalerivers.com Oh yes he would!

Paul reported that committee newcomer, John, had volunteered his services for a new role as forward planner – the idea being to have a rolling programme of productions ready for staging. With that in mind he asked members wishing to direct a play to affirm or reaffirm their interest as soon as possible.

“It’s an opportune to consider forward planning,” said Paul. “While AndrewCrossland, Michael Ross, Bob Willerton and the Revd. Nick have all expressed a willingness to direct shows, no decisions has been made and a level playing field exists at present.

We want to hear what people want to put on and don’t want anyone to assume anything at this stage.”

Members are reminded that Saturday October 24th is the date of this year’s Hunters’ Moon event which will see Trinity member Peter Horner and Jeff open the doors of at 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturdays January 16 and 23 and at their beautiful Langsett home to Trinity members. If you are thinking of attending, please contact Peter.

Joe Battye announced that brochures detailing Christmas celebratory events at Dodworth’s Holiday Inn, Wortley Hall, the Talbot at Mapplewell, Tankersley Manor and the Fairway at Dodworth had been obtained but all seemed to charging £25 or more for sit-down meals followed by dancing.

Ruth suggested widening the search to look at the booking of rooms for a Trinity-only event possibly with buffet rather than sit-down meal. Shaw Lane sports centre, church halls, local clubs and the upstairs rooms of two restaurants in Barnsley town centre were among those mentioned. Joe was asked to investigate further and given power to make a booking if necessary.

Tuesday October 27th – venue to be arranged.

Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 16 – August 2015

Monday 10th August 2015
Dale’s House, BARNSLEY

The August 10th meeting of Trinity Players’ committee saw newly-elected Joe Battye, Jane Laverack and John Parker join with Ruth Willerton (Vice Chairman), Dale Rivers (Sec), Jim Parkinson (Treas), Neil Barham, Ian Harley and Barbara Parkinson for the first time.

In the absence of chairman, Paul Taylor, the meeting, held at Dale’s home, saw Ruth chair the proceedings. Joe and Jane soon found themselves in the thick of things with Joe agreeing to take over Andrew Crossland’s former role as social secretary and Jane taking over responsibilities for publicity from Anne Prew. Anne, however, has kindly agreed to continue her library/script responsibilities at least for the time being.

Other specialist fields of operation remain unchanged.


Wednesday 14th October to Saturday 17th October 7.15 p.m. start

Director John Parker announced that rehearsals for SHTR are well under way with Sophie Goddard taking the role of Penelope, Michael Cutts as Lionel, Jane Laverack as Ida, Joe Battye as Miss Skillon, Bob Willerton as the Bishop, Andrew Crossland as Clive, Peter Horner as the ‘man’, Hugh Jones as Humphrey and John, himself, as the sergeant. Similarly the set is already taking shape thanks to the efforts of Neil while Jim Parkinson and John Ryal are already reporting success in the acquisition of music and props respectively.

Rozi Afferson, already gainfully employed in reading-in duties for rehearsals, has volunteered her services as prompt and producer, Paul Taylor, has meticulously planned rehearsal schedules now being rigorously followed by John, on occasions.

Also commendable is Bob Willerton’s offer to take responsibilty for the Box Office phone.

One possible problem centres around the need for contemporary British currency for this Philip King wartime romp later adapted to the immediate post-war years. So if your sleep is still being disturbed by those large white five-pound and brown ten-shilling notes, half-crowns and florins secreted in that ageing mattress, you know where to bring them!

Last but not least, publicity material has been prepared with the help of Phil Johnson. Tickets should also be bookable via the website to be collected on the night.


Neil reported that the Trinity clear-out operation had now been extended into the cellar. With items removed, it is hoped the area will quickly dry out and permit the fitting of storage shelving.

Members agreed that the notification of those successful and unsuccessful in auditions – and perhaps the staging of them – should be placed on the agenda of the next meeting.

Also to be considered is whether to engage with audience members as they leave the premises at the end of shows.

Joe Batttye said that as the closing night of SHTR coincides with her birthday, she was prepared to supply some light refreshments to facilitate a joint celebration.

Committee member Barbara Parkinson is also a birthday celebrant.

Joe also suggested looking at alternative means of funding our activities. One suggestion could be the running of classes in such areas as performance skills and set-building during school holiday periods. Members agreed to consider this at a future meeting. If you have ideas, please make them known.

A junior membership card design submitted by Jim Parkinson was approved by the committee. The cost of junior membership was previously set at £1 a year.


The meeting agreed a modest increase in admission charges for our 2016 pantomime offering, Jack And The Beanstalk, being directed by Dale. Prices will rise from the current £6 (£5 concessions) to £6.50 (£5.50 concessions). It is, of course, our first price increase in recent years and consideration is to be given at a later date to the proposal of again offering discounts on the opening night.

The show is to open at Trinity on Friday, January 15th. The full list of performance dates and curtain-up times is:

Fridays January 15th and January 22nd 7pm
Saturdays January 16th and January 23rd 2.30pm and 6pm
Sunday January 17th 4pm


After some discussion it was decided not to accept Barnsley FC’s invitation to rebook their function rooms for this year’s Trinity Christmas celebration. Joe Batty has consequently undertaken to look at what’s on offer at other venues and report back to a future meeting. Among the venues being considered are the Holiday Inn at Dodworth and the Talbot Inn at Mapplewell. If you have any recommendations, please let Joe know.

The decision to leave Barnsley FC for this year at least was taken following reports that last year’s event had resulted in fewer Trinity attendees. The was also criticism from some with regard the standard of the meal, loudness of music and darkness of the room.

Ian Harley reported that former social secretary Peter Horner and, of course, Jeff, had again offered their home as a base to attend Langsett’s famous Hunters’ Moon event on Saturday, October 24th. Names and numbers are not required at this stage but now might be a good idea to note it in your diary?

While no firm arrangements have been made, hopes remain that we may host a ceilidh at Trinity in the near future.

Members heard that two of Trinity’s three weddings – that of Andrew Crossland and Leanne Sherriff on July 11th and Alice Willerton and Dean Love on July 31st – had been spectacularly successful. Jeremy Cutts and Wendy Hartley hope their big day will be similarly splendid on August 23. We wish them all the best!


Thursday September 29th – the venue to be arranged.
Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 15 – AGM July 2015

Wednesday 8th July 2015
Trinity Hall, BARNSLEY

Paul Taylor, Jim Parkinson, Dale Rivers, Ruth Willerton
Nick Percival, Neil Barham, Phil Johnson, Bob Willerton, Jo Battye, Lynne, Almand, Dawn Waite, Jane Laverack, John Ryall, John Parker, Bill Moss, Dean Love, Alice Willerton, Peter Horner, Jo Morfitt, Sophie Goddard, Chloe Goddard, Andrew Crossland, Martha Mc Dermott

The meeting opened at 19:30

Last years’ minutes were reviewed and approved
The Secretary’s speech remarked that it had been a brave & successful year for a little theatre group including doing very well at the Wakefield Drama Festival and The Lamproom.

The 3 performances this year were discussed and finances disclosed. All 3 were profitable.
The bank balance was disclosed and is in good shape being approximately £500 down on last year but taking into account the new carpet and other expenses.

Officers Reshuffle
Require the appointment of a new treasurer as Ruth Willerton is standing down
Andrew nominated – received 7 votes
Jim Parkinson nominated – received 9 votes
Need to vote in a Vice Chair
Neil Barham nominated Ruth Willerton – carried

Committee Member Reshuffle
Andrew Crossland is standing down
Anne Prew is standing down
Barbara Parkinson will carry on
Ian Harley will carry on
Jane Laverack – nominated – seconded
Joe Battye – nominated – seconded
John Parker – nominated – seconded

Subs to say the same at £5
Introduction of a £1 Junior Membership charge

£2000 to church – agreed
There should be another EGM which can be cancelled if not needed
Phil Johnson thanked committee

Closed meeting at 8:30


Bob Willerton: Suggested we decorate the walls with the A2 posters. Phil Johnson: Frames available for about £5. Also suggested different style of frames for each year/season as continuity of one style is unlikely.

Jim Parkinson: Standard covers for Trinity Players with only the insert pages being changed per play.
Paul Taylor: Sponsorship of back cover advert may be a sum of money for, say, 500 covers irrespective of which play. May “change” sponsor during a play in that case.

Dale Rivers: When emailing members put “members@” into b.c.c box only to avoid reply to all becoming a nuisance. Opening greeting to be “Dear Members”.

WALTER EGO: by Andrew Crossland
Andrew Crossland: Wants to run a workshop of his new play – suggests Thursday 23rd July, Andrew to check with Barbara/Clive Parkinson for hall booking.

Alice Willerton: Please don’t allow children to use this as a climbing frame, it’s not fair to leave discipline to Alice only – parental responsibility.

Paul Taylor: will seek prices for TP fleeces.

Alice Willerton: suggested “Close The Coalhouse Door”
Andrew Crossland: suggested a sort of promenade piece using various parts of the building with the audience moving from area to area.
Paul Taylor suggested moving to four plays per annum
Financial cornerstone is pantomime so stays in January
April play should go to the Wakefield Drama Festival


Monday 10th August, 19:30 at 90 Huddersfield Road, S75 1AH.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 14 – March 2015

Hi Everyone,

The fact that this newsletter is our first in 2015 is largely due to the Extraordinary General Meeting being held at the end of January. It is, essentially, a report of items discussed by a full complement of committee members at their March 9th meeting, held at the home of treasurer, Ruth Willerton.

Chairman Paul Taylor, together with members Barbara Parkinson, Anne Prew, Anthony Crossland, Dale Rivers, Neil Barham, Ian Harley and Jim Parkinson heard Ruth report that our recent pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was as successful financially as it was in terms of audience appreciation. Despite the lamentable break-in, the show generated an income which will go a long way in enabling us to meet our commitments to both the church and other parties in the coming months.


flyer whoselifeDirector Paul Taylor announced that that Whose Life Is It Anyway? has already been cast and rehearsals are under way. No problems are currently foreseen on the set and prop fronts, work on which has already started. The only slight concern is that a principal cast member has now gained a part-time position away from the town and may be unable to attend many of the Wednesday rehearsals. A solution to the problem is being sought.
Anne Prew reported that publicity for the show is well under way with flyers and posters already delivered to the Lamproom Theatre.
For your diaries, the first performance of this acclaimed Brian Clark play is to take place at the Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House as the Trinity Players’ entry to the Wakefield Festival during the Spring Bank Holiday week at the end of May.
It will then open at Barnsley’s Lamproom Theatre on Wednesday June 10th and run until Saturday June 13th.
Ticket prices are £11 (£10 concessions) and available from www.BarnsleyLamproom.com or by telephone on Barnsley 200075. Alternatively Email BoxOffice@BarnsleyLamproom.com


Members spent some time considering whether currently healthy state of our membership should be reflected through consideration of staging three productions this year in addition to the pantomime.

Andrew Crossland said he would like to direct one of his own plays as a ‘summer play’ at the end of July. He believed that was possible to squeeze another production in as his play ‘Walter Ego’ has only a six-strong cast of relatively young age. It could therefore overlap without impacting greatly on Whose Life Is It Anyway. The committee agreed to instruct Andrew to canvas support among possible cast members and report back to next month’s committee meeting. Anyone particularly keen to take part can contact Andrew now.

The meeting also heard that John Parker has volunteered to direct the Autumn Play with two comedies under consideration. Neil reported that one play would be a ‘nightmare’ in terms of set construction while Anne reported that the script library had no copies available for the other. The committee agreed to fund John’s purchase of a script for the easier play.

The committee also considered correspondence from Bob Willerton about recent read-throughs of plays. Another volunteer for the arena of directorial combat, Bob is prepared to direct a play either late this year or next. The list of possibles includes Comfort and Joy, The Vicar of Dibley, Ghost Train and Inspector Drake’s Last Case which is being performed by Wombwell Thespians late this month and could be checked out. When We Are Married and Spring and Port Wine have also been discussed as possibles.

With decisions requiring to be made expeditiously, Dale was directed to contact the Lamproom Theatre to see whether we will have choice of both Spring and Autumn slots available to us next year.

Dale additionally reiterated that he is prepared to direct next year’s pantomime but would be requiring rehearsals to start earlier – preferably in October.


Neil reported that the rear storage area not utilised by Trinity Players in recent years has now been cleared of accumulated junk ready for storage use. Unfortunately the floor surface is far from even and he therefore requested £70 for materials to make and install a track system to be used by a trolley. The committee agreed the expenditure.

Neil also reported that he had received quotes of approximately £900 and £1900 for the carpeting of the hall floor. The committee agreed to ask both the church and the other user group, the Lamproom Musical Theatre Society, if they had any objection to the area being carpeted and, indeed, whether either would wish to contribute towards the cost.


Members reported that last month’s Chinese New Year dinner had been enjoyed by all despite numbers being down on those from last year.

Ruth reported that she and Bob were prepared to take a little of the strain off Peter Horner and Jeff by hosting this year’s summer barbecue event at their home as they did in 2013. Suitable dates are now being considered so watch this space!

Neil reported that his brother-in-law had offered the services of his ceilidh band for a dance without fee but on condition that filming could take place for a promotional video designed to encourage further bookings. The committee agreed to graciously accept the offer and examine suitable dates. Again, watch this space.

Mention was also made of the two weddings featuring Trinity members in July. Committee member Andrew is to take the plunge on July 11th with Alice Willerton following suit on July 31st. The venues for evening events are to be Barnsley FC and Shaw Lane respectively.


The committee decided that this year’s Annual General Meeting should take place at Trinity at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 8th so please enter that date in your diary. One disappointment already known is that Ruth is to step down as treasurer. The good news is that she states the duties are both interesting and rewarding in terms of job satisfaction. ‘Your Society Needs You’ could be an appropriate slogan.

The next committee meeting is to be held on Tuesday, April 14th at 7.30pm at the home of the chairman.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 13 – December 2014

Hi Everyone,

Last month’s newsletter opened with the news that future productions promise to be more colourful because of the purchase of new stage lights.  This month’s starts with news that they may also be rather more dramatic as a result of committee members agreeing the purchase of a pyrotechnic kit, capable of providing loud bangs and flashes etc. as stage characters dramatically appear into or disappear from view.

Perhaps for the benefit of continued injury-free existence, sound and lights guru Jim Parkinson made his appeal for the £230 required by letter delivered from the safety of a bunker where he was enjoying a festive meal with his post office staff.  While his request was approved (despite much wailing by committee members at the further reduction in society funds), Jim was warned that any further requests for cash could result in the bunker being converted into a burial chamber!

It’s believed the committee may have been influenced by Jim’s assertion that the society has paid £150 for the hire of a pyrotechnic facility in the past and his assurance that the new acquisition will be up and running in time for the opening night of our 2015 pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on January 16th.

Iflyer snowwhiten his pre-production notes, the director of this year’s pantomime Bob Willerton reported that rehearsals were progressing well despite some fractured attendances by cast members.

Other good news is that our friends at Penistone Theatre Group had been able to supply almost all the costumes required while the production team of Neil Barham, Ian Harley, Phil Johnson, John Ryal and Jim Parkinson is progressing well with set painting and the manufacture and acquisition of a wide variety or props.

Conversely, however, there remains a need for backstage help and child cast supervision both before and throughout the production run and for someone to take on the selection, purchase and sale of sweets and drinks to the children.

Last but not least, there is a massive need for a really big push in tickets sales and anyone able to help in this – perhaps in the supply of posters to primary schools and nurseries? – is asked to contact any committee member.

Held at the home of secretary, Dale Rivers, on Tuesday, December 9th, the meeting was attended by Paul Taylor (in the chair), Dale Rivers, Ruth Willerton, Anne Prew, Neil Barham and Ian Harley.

Still on the subject of the pantomime, Anne Prew reported that permission had been gained for cast members, in costume and including the panto cow, to attend Barnsley market from 10am to 3pm on Saturday January 3rd to publicise the show and hand out flyers.  As this coincides with an ADDITIONAL REHEARSAL FOR ALL CAST MEMBERS, it is hoped all will take turns in joining the promotion which was described as “fun” by those who took part last year.   It is hoped that the dwarfs, and others only appearing in Act 2, will get things off to a good start at 10am.

The pantomime has already had some publicity in a free publication circulating in Barnsley; newspaper advertisements and, hopefully, a photograph in the Chronicle are being pursued by Anne, Ruth and Ian.

Dale reported that rights to stage Brian Clarke’s acclaimed play Whose Life Is It Anyway? at the Lamproom Theatre in the week commencing June 7th next year have been granted and paid for.

Director Paul Taylor said he hoped anyone wishing to appear in WLIIA will register their interest as early as possible as he hopes to cast it before the pantomime opens but then put it on the back-burner for three or four weeks.  Those hoping to take part should remember that the play is additionally forming our entry in Wakefield Festival being held in the Spring Bank holiday week at the end of May.

In line with the vote taken at the AGM in midsummer, the Committee has recommended that the EGM (open to all paid-up members) be held at Trinity on Wednesday at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 28th.

Selecting the date after the pantomime, of course, means we should have a better idea of our financial position and the meeting should feature a treasurer’s mid-term report.   Apart from that, there will be no fixed agenda and will be open to members to suggest items for discussion.  The list may include considering expenditure, both in the past and future, for the theatre group and to the church.

The committee decided to place on record its gratitude to former social secretary Peter Horner for his work in ensuring that 28 Trinity members enjoyed a Christmas Dinner-Dance event at Barnsley Football Club’s Oakwell function suite on Friday, December 5th.

Also receiving the committee’s thanks is Dawn Waite whose skilful handling of refreshment monies resulted in the society’s funds increasing by £92.

Last but not least, members were reminded that Anthony Larkin, best remembered for his portrayal of Aunt Em in Trinity’s production of Wizard of Oz in 2010, is leading his Royston pantomimers on stage at Carlton Community College this weekend, December 12-14.

To be arranged. The meeting closed with the chairman, Paul Taylor, wishing a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all Trinity members and supporters.

Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 12 – November 2014

Hi Everyone,

The best news from Trinity Players this month are that future productions promise to be a lot more colourful!

That’s because the October 30th meeting of the committee saw unanimous approval given to the purchase of seven new stage lights at a cost – including wiring – of £260.  In an emotional appeal for the cash made from a kneeling position, Jim Parkinson said the new LED lights would not only offer change of colours at the touch of a control-panel slide-button but also brightness variation in sequence with the music. (Big ‘Oooh!’ please)   Best of all, the new lights operate at just 15 watts meaning there may well be financial savings as they take over the role of existing lighting.

Jim assured the meeting that the lights will be up and running in time for this year’s pantomime.

One reason for the committee’s decision may be that the treasurer, Ruth Willerton, reported that the October production, Best Served Cold, appeared to have made a profit of around £1,000.  (Please listen for the jubilant trumpet fanfare)

Held at the home of the chairman, the meeting attracted a full complement of committee members: Paul Taylor (in the chair), Ruth Willerton, Dale Rivers, Jim Parkinson, Andrew Crossland, Ian Harley, Anne Prew, Barbara Parkinson and Neil Barham.

bestservedcold 300x212Director Paul Taylor said he believed that Best Serve Cold appeared to have been well received by audiences as well as being financially successful.  For him as director, it had been both an “adventure” and a “joy” thanks, in no small part, to Neil Barham’s idea of revolving set walls, a talented and committed cast and help from all quarters.  The production was additionally enjoyable because it was the first time he had directed a play that he had never seen performed previously.  Paul’s appreciation was echoed by the play’s author, Andrew Crossland, who thanked committee members for “taking a chance with it.”

Full discussion took place on a motion from the chair that consideration should be given to staging an additional play during the next year to capitalise on the recent increase in membership.   It was decided that with next year’s spring play ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ being staged later than usual in the year (June) there was insufficient time to put on an additional play this year.    That did not, however, rule out such a move if membership remains so healthy.

In the absence of cold-suffering director Bob Willerton, Jim Parkinson announced that casting for ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’, being staged at Trinity on Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 16th, 17th and 18th and Friday and Saturday January 23rd and 24th 2015 was almost complete.  The only problem was that some cast members were currently busy with rehearsals for ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ being staged at the Lamproom this month.  For that reason, it had been decided there should be no meeting of Trinity Players on Wednesday November 5th.

Anne Prew told the meeting she was investigating the possibility of again gaining pre-show publicity by cast members appearing in costume within Barnsley’s market complex or, if that is closed for redevelopment work, within the Alhambra Centre.   The latter could, she warned, be considerably more expensive.

Dale said he was putting the finishing touches to the advertisement poster and Andrew undertook to produce a promotional video.

Dale Rivers informed the meeting that performances rights were available for next year’s spring play ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ which is scheduled to be staged by Trinity at Barnsley’s Lamproom Theatre in the week commencing Sunday, June 7th.  Written by Brian Clarke’s ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ is to be directed by Paul Taylor.

Andrew Crossland announced that plans for a ‘come dine with me’ experience had been put on the back-burner for the present time.  The Hunters’ Moon evening at the Langsett home of Peter and Jeff, however, had been enjoyed by all and the Christmas Dinner event, being held at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Suite, was also proving popular with around 30 members booked to attend on Friday, December 5th.  Anyone yet to pay the balance should see Peter Horner before he has put the finishing touches to the rack in his cellar.

Two Trinity members putting their skills to further public scrutiny this month are Jane Laverack and Jeremy Cutts.  Jane, scheduled to play the Mirror in our pantomime, is appearing in Sleeping Beauty which is being staged at 7.30pm on November 20, 21 and 22 with a 2.15pm matinee also on the 22nd   at St. Austins in Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield.  Tickets are available by phoning Anne on 01924 382371 or by visiting www.StAustinsPlayers.co.uk .   Jeremy, who is playing our Dame in SWATSD, is appearing as his ‘Gyrating Jeremy’ alter-ego at the Bridge Inn, Cote Lane, Thurgoland,from 8pm on Sunday, November 30th.  Both Jane and Jeremy would appreciate your support.

Last but not least, the first read-through of Andrew Crossland’s follow-up offering, Best Served Cold 2, is to be held at Esther Dyson’s home on the evening of Friday, November 21st.  All those interested in attending should contact Andrew in the first instance.

Monday December 8th, 7.30pm at the home of Dale Rivers.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 11 – September 2014

Hi Everyone,

This newsletter starts, we’re sorry to say, with three appeals. The first of the three is particularly important; a prompt is urgently required for our forthcoming production ‘Best Served Cold’ which opens its four-night run at Trinity on Wednesday, October 1st. Obviously the prompt is a responsible position demanding as much commitment as a place in the cast.  Anyone volunteering would not only need to be available from October 1st to 4th but also for numerous rehearsals in the run-up to opening night.  Anyone able to help should contact the director, Paul Taylor, for full information.

Appeals 2 and 3 relate to the need for front-of-house staff cover for the show and raffle prizes. They will be the subject of separate appeals going out from Ian Harley within the next few days so you have been warned.  Anyone who does not receive e-mails and who wishes to help should contact Ian on Barnsley 287134 or 07780 858078.

Director Paul Taylor told those present at the September 2nd committee meeting that he was really enjoying rehearsals for ‘Best Served Cold’ because it’s the first time he has directed a play that he had never previously seen performed.

While the production was proving to be more complex, particularly in terms of entrances and exits, than first envisaged, good progress was being made by an enthusiastic cast.

Set construction is well under way as is the acquisition of props and furniture and no problems were envisaged on the sound and lighting front.

Anne Prew reported that posters and flyers were already available and the meeting approved purchase of large display photographs and advertisements in the Barnsley Chronicle. Anne was also instructed to seek publicity with local radio stations while Ian Harley was asked to seek editorial coverage by the Chronicle and the ‘local author’ angle.

Jim Parkinson reported that 55 tickets had already been purchased.

Held at Trinity on Tuesday, September 2nd, the meeting was attended by Paul Taylor (in the chair) and Jim Parkinson, Andrew Crossland, Dale Rivers, Ian Harley, Anne Prew, Barbara Parkinson and Neil Barham.

Members agreed that next year’s pantomime production ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’, again being directed by Bob Willerton, should be staged at Trinity on Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 16th, 17th and 18th and Friday and Saturday January 23rd and 24th 2015.

Curtain-up times will be 7pm for both Fridays; 2.30pm and 6pm for both Saturdays and 2.30pm for the show on Sunday January 18th.

Ticket prices are to be retained at £6 (£5 concessions) for all but the opening night when all seats will be available at £3.

Anne Prew was asked to investigate the possibility of again gaining pre-show publicity by cast members appearing in concert within Barnsley’s market complex.

Members agreed to confirm booking with the Lamproom Theatre for next year’s spring show in the week commencing Sunday, June 7th. At the present time, Brian Clarke’s ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ appears to be the most likely choice to be directed by Paul Taylor.

Andrew Crossland told the meeting that he was canvassing support – by e-mail – for gourmet experiences with participants dining at the homes of fellow members….watch this space!

Members were reminded that Peter Horner, and Jeff, have again invited Trinity members to attend the Hunters’ Moon event at their Langsett home on Saturday, October 11th.

Andrew and Peter are also taking names from those wishing to attend this year’s Trinity Christmas meal at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Suite on Friday, December 5th. So far, 27 members have paid their £10 deposits for the event thereby entitling themselves to a free half-bottle of wine apiece. That offer may have closed but places are still available.

To be arranged.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 10 – July 2014

This newsletter can be described as a double edition in that it looks back to both the AGM, held at Trinity U.R. Church hall in Crookes Street on Wednesday July 9th, and also the committee meeting held at the home of chairman, Paul Taylor, on Monday, July 28th.

AGM 9th July 2014
The AGM was attended by 23 members who accepted the new constitution put forward by the committee.

Secretary Dale Rivers described the year as a success both on the social front, in which events including a members’ BBQ, Christmas ‘Do’ and post-panto meal-out, and in terms of productions. The latter comprised of Sally Davies’ ‘Not With A Bang’ Bob Willerton’s pantomime ‘Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood’ and Karen Slater’s ‘Home Is Where Your Clothes Are!’ which also formed our entry to the Wakefield Festival and subsequent awards. Another encouraging factor was that the society’s Facebook page now has 107 followers.

Treasurer Ruth Willerton reported that the society’s bank balance stood £565 below last year’s figure but pointed out that significant sums had been spent on the new stage extension, the technician’s perch, cushions for audience seating, an external display cabinet and other improvements.

The AGM also saw Karen Slater and Peter Horner step down from the committee, their places being taken by Andrew Crossland who will also take over Peter’s duties as social secretary and Neil Barham. Jim Parkinson is to take over Karen’s role as vice chairman with special duties in the collection of membership subscriptions.

Paul Taylor was re-elected as chairman. Dale Rivers and Ruth Willerton continue as secretary and treasurer respectively and Anne Prew, Barbara Parkinson and Ian Harley continue as committee members.

Bill Moss continues as honorary president and his suggestion that a second meeting – like the AGM open to all tour france 2members to attend, speak and vote but held around six months after it – was accepted without dissent.

Having learned that two payments, totalling £230 had been made to the church during the year, the meeting agreed to donate the same sum as last year (£2,000) to the Church Gift Day but being subject to review in six months’ time.

Andrew Crossland and Neil Barham were welcomed to their first committee meeting by chairman, Paul Taylor, at the meeting on July 28. They, together with secretary Dale Rivers, treasurer Ruth Willerton and vice chairman Jim Parkinson decided that the October play should not see raffle proceeds shared with the Hallam FM children’s charity. That arrangement, however, should reconsidered for the production after that.

Director Paul Taylor reported that he had fully cast and held the first rehearsal for Andrew Crossland’s play ‘Best Served Cold’ which is to be staged at Trinity from October 1st to 4th. Set construction is to start shortly and attempts will be made to obtain free publicity in local newspapers on the ‘local writer’ angle. Ticket prices are to remain at £6 (£5 concessions).

Members were informed that Bob Willerton’s offer to direct next year’s pantomime production was the only one received so far. They therefore supported his suggestion of staging ‘Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs’ on January 16th, 17th and 18th and January 23rd and 24th (no dates clashing with Barnsley FC home matches) again at Trinity. Performance times and the possibility of an 8th performance on the final Sunday are to be discussed at a later date.

Dale Rivers reported that the Lamproom Theatre had been contacted with regard to the staging of ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ and the most likely appropriate slot there appeared to be Sunday, June 7th to Saturday, June 17th 2015. Unfortunately that would mean the production’s opening night being at the Wakefield Festival rather than at the Lamproom. Paul Taylor is to direct.

Members agreed to investigate the cost of providing walkie-talkies for tech and backstage and also a switch to another company for the booking-office mobile phone.

Jim Parkinson reported that 23 members had, so far, paid their membership subscriptions in line with the AGM decision that subscriptions remain at £5 for adults (free to those aged 16 and under). The firing squad is being readied for those adults not paying up by August 31st.

The committee agreed to thank former social secretary Peter Horner for organising a fabulous day out at Richmond on July 26th. They also noted their appreciation to Peter and Jeff for this year’s BBQ, the invitation to watch the Grande Depart Tour De France from their home and to return there for the Hunters’ Moon event on Saturday, October 11th.

Members wishing to attend this year’s Christmas ‘Do’ at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Suite on Friday, December 5th are reminded that they have to get their deposits of £10 per person to Peter within the next three weeks to take advantage of a free half-bottle-per-person wine offer. Andrew will be responsible for collecting the balance nearer the date.

Monday September 1st at 7.30pm
All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 9 – June 2014

Hi everyone,

I’m afraid the time has arrived again when we ask you to renew your membership subscriptions in time for the all-important annual general meeting being held at Trinity at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 9th. At present, membership remains at the bargain price of £5 a year but be warned – a suggestion to double that to £10 is to be considered at the meeting so it might be cheaper to pay up now.

Agendas for the AGM will be sent out in the next few days together with a draft of a new constitution put forward by the committee for consideration. Please read this carefully before attending and put any amendments that you wish to put forward down in writing.

You are also reminded that now is the time to consider who you would like to see take a seat on the committee. This year sees the end of the two-year terms of office of Paul Taylor as chairman but, alas, Karen Slater has additionally announced her decision to take a break from her duties as vice chairman and committee member for a few months. Similarly regretted is the decision of our social secretary, Peter Horner, to stand down.

Committee members facing re-election are Barbara Parkinson, Anne Prew, Jim Parkinson and Ian Harley. Anne and Ian, who have special responsibilities for publicity and newsletter production respectively, have already intimated their willingness to step down if others are willing to take their places.

Items of interest from the 16/6/2014 meeting of the committee, held at Trinity, are as follows:

The chairman, Paul Taylor, opened the meeting by thanking Karen Slater (as director of Home Is Where Your Clothes Are!) and her team, for all their hard work. The memorable show is believed to have returned a modest profit despite raffle proceeds being shared with a very deserving local children’s charity.

The production also saw Trinity newcomer Jane Laverack gain the Best Supporting Actress award at the Wakefield Festival and Len Padget named as runner-up in the audience awards for ‘Best Actor.’
Peter Horner, Barbara Parkinson, Anne Prew, Ruth Willerton, Jim Parkinson and Dale Rivers similarly added their congratulations.

Paul reported that he and Andrew Crossland were near to completing the casting for Andrew’s whodunnit play ‘Best Served Cold’ being staged at Trinity from Wednesday October 1st to Saturday October 4th. It is also hoped to hold read-throughs of plays being considered for staging next spring (possibly at the Lamproom) before rehearsals for BSC start in five or six weeks’ time. Scripts being obtained for the readings are to include ‘Deathtrap’ and ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway.’

The good news is that Bob Willerton has again agreed to direct next year’s pantomime unless confronted by someone eager to try their hand.

Peter reported that his Langsett home is busily being prepared to receive Trinity members for the annual BBQ from 2pm onwards on Sunday, June 22 and again for the Tour de France ‘Grand Depart’ on Sunday July 6th.

Around 20 Trinity members are now preparing for the visit to the historic Georgian Theatre in picturesque Richmond, North Yorkshire on Saturday, July 26th. A tour of the theatre in the afternoon will be followed by sightseeing and meal before returning to the theatre in the evening to see a Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society production of ‘The Vicar of Dibley.’ Travelling arrangements are now being finalised.

Last but not least, Peter and Jeff’s home will again be the meeting point for the Hunters’ Moon event at Langsett on Saturday, October 11th.

Barbara reported that the church was very appreciative of a £150 donation made to compensate for any loss of income suffered as a result of extra use by Trinity in the construction of stage extension and sound/light console etc.

The committee agreed to recommend a £2,000 donation to the church as annual payment for room rent, heating and lighting this year to the AGM.

The committee agreed to let Jim Parkinson investigate the possibility of purchasing a dimmer pack and two-way radio communication equipment and Dale to investigate the use of a voice-over IP telephone number to be used instead of the mobile for the box office.

Time, date and venue to be determined by the restructured committee following its election at the AGM.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com


Newsletter No. 8 – April 2014

The April 14th meeting of the Trinity Players’ committee, held at Trinity, saw members decide to reduce the risk of the society’s next production being a pain in the backside for the audience.  Or to put it another way, they decided to spend £500 on the purchase of 100 padded seat covers which, hopefully, will be in place in time for the opening of ‘Home Is Where Your Clothes Are!’ on Wednesday, May 14th.

“Home is Where Your Clothes Are”
14th to 17th May 2014 at the Trinity Church Hall

Peter Horner reported that he had already e-mailed members to remind them that Trinity panto star Alice Willerton and helper Dean Love are celebrating their engagement this Friday, April 18th, at West Green W.M. Club.  All are welcome to join them there.

Peter has also informed members that Andrew Crossland, who so energetically played the dame in this year’s pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, would love support from Trinity members when he takes part in An Inspector Calls, Wakefield Little Theatre’s entry in the Wakefield Festival on Wednesday May 28th.  That means it is in competition with our entry,
Home Is Where Your Clothes Are, which is being staged the previous evening.   Why not see both?

Saturday July 26th will see around 20 Trinity members travel by minibus to the picturesque Swaledale town of Richmond, North Yorkshire to tour the historic Georgian Theatre and take a look around the town’s historic cobbled square, castle and museums.  The party will then return to the theatre to see a RADS (Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society) production of The Vicar of Dibley.  Those who have already booked should note that Peter is now collecting the required monies of £11 each.

Peter has also volunteered his delightful Langsett home for not one, not two but three social events this year.   The first is on Sunday, June 22nd when the infamous Trinity Players’ Midsummer Mayhem BBQ returns to Langsett after being staged so well at the Willerton family’s Barnsley residence last year.  Place that in your diary and watch this space!

The second is on Sunday, July 6th when Peter and Geoff are staging an ‘open house’ event as the riders in the Yorkshire Grand Depart section of the Tour de France hurtle past on the A616.  The envisaged popularity of that event, of course, means that parking may be at a premium so you have been warned.

Last but not least, Peter says the popular Hunter’s Moon event is taking place on Saturday, October 11th this year.  More about that will follow in due course.

Paul Taylor has already started to assess the availability of cast members for the autumn play to be staged at Trinity most likely on Wednesday October 1st to Saturday October 4th.   At present, he is busy reading plays and keeping their titles close to his chest but he says his decision will be revealed in time for inclusion in the programme for Home Is Where Your Clothes Are!

The meeting agreed that members should receive a full copy of the constitution, showing the amendments recommended by them following months of deliberation, in good time for the society’s Annual General Meeting which is to be held at Trinity on Wednesday July 9th at 7.30 pm.  Please ensure the date is placed in your diary.

Jim Parkinson reported that he, Neil Barham and Len Paget had been discussing how best to halt further deterioration in the condition of the wooden flooring in the main hall.   The committee hopes others will volunteer to share the work, due to take place this summer.

Monday, June 16th 7.30pm at Trinity.
All comments etc. to:committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com