Bully Beef & Whizzbangs – Hambledon Village Hall Saturday 20th October

BlackBox Theatre Company presents

BULLY BEEF & WHIZZBANGS 

by Chris Hawley

Hambledon Village Hall Saturday 20th October 7:30pm

Following the enormous success of BOUNCERS last year, BlackBox will be on tour again this autumn with a specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and they will be performing the play in Hambledon Village Hall on Saturday 20th October.

Ticket sales will be via the Shop and are available online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whizzbangs, there will be a licensed bar/refreshments. Hopefully you will be able to try out your (or somebody else’s) sponsored chair whilst admiring the newly decorated interior of the Village Hall. Proceeds in aid of the Village Hall

Set on the battlefields of France during 1916, the multi-award winning BULLY BEEF & WHIZZBANGS takes a wry and often humorous look at life in a front line trench through the eyes of its two reluctant heroes.  SMUDGER, a new arrival at The Front, is keen to shoot his first Jerry whilst HARRY is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying a nice mug of tea.  Stuck in a hole surrounded by mud and death, how will our boys cope with the ever-present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens?

“Cheer up chum.  The first seven years are the worst!”

Village Dance Raises A Record £1,250 For Cancer Charity

THE Hambledon Village Dance, a sell-out event at the Village Hall on December 9, raised a record £1,250 for local cancer charity KatCanDo.

This year’s party was organised by Mike Blanchard, keyboard player with the band Toxic Sausage. Mike, who lives in the village, wanted the dance to raise money in memory of Pat Hill, a friend and Merry Harriers regular who died earlier this year from complications from blood cancer.

Mike also wanted to mark the successful surgery at the Royal Surrey County Hospital received by Stewart Payne, Hambledon resident and friend of Pat’s, who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year.

KatCanDo, which is run entirely by volunteers, raises money for the purchase of cancer-related equipment at local hospitals and hospices. It was set up in 2004 by Kate Coles, a friend of Stewart’s, who was suffering from bowel cancer and who overheard one of her specialists complaining that a piece of equipment that would be beneficial to sufferers was not available on the NHS budget.

With the support of friends Kate set up KatCanDo, a registered charity, with the express purpose of working with cancer care specialists to provide much-needed equipment at the Royal Surrey and Frimley Park hospitals and to aid cancer sufferers in local hospices.

Kate lost her battle with cancer in 2006 but her friends have kept the charity going and it has donated more than £300,000 to help the fight against the disease.

Stewart suggested to Mike that KatCanDo would be a worthwhile cause to donate the money to, and he agreed.

The dance was a big success, with Toxic Sausage belting out music that kept the dance floor packed.

Mike took it upon himself to organise this year’s dance, booking the hall, selling the tickets and taking no fee for performing. Well known around the village as Big Mike, he also has a big heart, and his kindness and hard work is much appreciated. Pat’s sons James and Jono attended the dance and were delighted and touched by the level of support. Thanks also go to Brigitte Coleman for the buffet and to the volunteers who ran the bar.

Toxic Sausage have a big following in Hambledon and will be appearing again at the Village Ball on June 23rd as part of the 2018 Midsummer Festival weekend.

If you would like to know more about the work of KatCanDo please visit www.katcando.org.uk.

Raise money for the Village Hall when you do your internet Christmas shopping.

This year the village hall committee has been asking people in the village to do their  internet shopping via Easyfundraising to raise money for the hall. We have already raised £140 and would like to thank all those people who have contributed to this. Just think how much we could raise if more people sign up to Easyfundraising to do their Christmas Shopping. Here’s how to go about it…….

  1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/hambledonvillagehallsurrey/ and join for free.
  2. Save the site to your favourites or download the reminder which will then pop up every time you visit the site of a participating shop.
  3. Every time you shop online, first go to the Easyfundraising website then type in the name of the shop or site you want. You will then be taken to  their website and can start shopping as usual. That’s all you need to do. It really is just one extra click of a button to raise money for the Village Hall.

After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to the Village Hall Fund (generally between 1% and 5% of the amount you have just spent) with no extra cost to you. A huge number of charities, schools and other good causes are signed up to Easyfundraising and most major retailers participate eg John Lewis, Amazon, Marks and Spencer. Easyfundraising itself is not a charity but a profit-making organisation which takes payments from the retailers which support them. Their website states that they don’t take any financial information from people using them to shop as all transactions will be with the retailer not Easyfundraising.

Hambledon Entertainment Galore

There are a busy few days of entertainment coming up in the shire, with something for everyone.

Tickets are still available for “BOUNCERS” at the Village Hall on Saturday evening. Set in 1984, John Godber’s classic comic drama tells the story of a typical Northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dance-floor. You can purchase tickets for £10 at the Village Shop or on the door on the night. Bring some cash for the bar, all bar proceeds benefit the Village Hall and the Village Shop.

Sunday afternoon brings with it the monthly Jazz at the Harriers. David Kirby and his friends will be playing from 3pm to 5pm. Maybe, if the sun stays out, we’ll be in the garden.

Tuesday 10th at 8pm is the monthly quiz at The Merry Harriers. Come along and see if you can beat the team from the the Village Shop (everyone did last month….).

Fund Raiser for Hambledon Village Hall

A company called “Travelling Trends” will be hosting a fashion show in the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 September, 7pm for 7.30pm start – High Street clothes at bargain prices. Come and see the season’s fashions, try on and buy on the night at greatly reduced prices to help raise funds for the Village Hall.

Something for all (well – ladies aged 25-95!). Refreshments and an excellent raffle (prizes to include a manicure). We will be looking for some local ladies to model too – contact Mary Grove 01483 415815 if you would like to try the catwalk!

Tickets will be available shortly at £6. In the meantime make a note in your diary!

Too good to throw away?

jumble sale

The Management Committee of Hambledon Village Hall is organising a Traditional Jumble Sale to raise funds.

This will be held on April 16, more details to follow.

Do you have objects in your home that you have never used or things that have been used, are still in good condition but you don’t need anymore?

Please contact John Tidmarsh on 01428 682067 to see if they are suitable to be recycled at the jumble sale.