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Old Buckenham Players

Press Release 26th March 2012

Lighting up Old Buckenham!

Old Buckenham Village Hall together with Old Buckenham Players have installed a new stage lighting infrastructure and curtaining raising the stage facilities to an impressive standard with modern digital technology. Funding of £11,000 was raised from a number of sources including Breckland District Council and Norfolk Community Foundation. To celebrate this achievement, and as a big ‘thank-you’, Old Buckenham Players held a free evening of entertainment for residents and friends of Old Buckenham on Saturday 24th March.

The project was initiated 2 years ago when it was realised that the existing analogue lighting system was rapidly becoming obsolete and needed to be updated before becoming unusable. Old Buckenham Players and the Village Hall Committee joined forces in searching out likely sources of grant funding as well as raising money themselves. The total project cost almost £11,000 and top-up funding from Breckland District Council of £2,950 and Norfolk Community Foundation of £1,800 enabled success. The Players and Village Hall had raised about £6,000 by raiding their own funds, hosting special one-off events and by using all the proceeds of the 2011 village fete towards the project.

The celebratory evening under the title, Light Entertainment, laid on by The Players at the village hall on Saturday night, included comic sketches, songs and radio plays penned by local writers. Villagers and friends of The Players were invited as well as local Councillors.

Jill Emms, village hall Secretary and Treasurer commented, “This much needed upgrade to our stage lighting facilities will benefit not only our local drama group but also all groups who use the hall, young and old, and help to maintain the hall as a centre for village activities”.

Laurence Barnett, Chairman of Old Buckenham Players, added, “The new infrastructure will enable us to continue to provide the residents of Old Buckenham with high quality, local drama and attract new members.

To find out more about Old Buckenham Players contact Laurence Barnett at 01953 451267. To find out more information about the Village Hall contact Jill Emms on 01953 860551

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For further information about this release:
Laurence Barnett Tel: 01953 451267;
Mobile 07854 7819446

Notes to Editors:

- Old Buckenham Players was founded in 1978
- It not only serves Old Buckenham but also Attleborough and the surrounding villages
- The group’s aim is to promote the advancement and development of all aspects of the Art of Drama and to encourage the general public's appreciation of such art through the live performance of comedy, drama and general entertainment. The Players are non-political and non-sectarian.


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