Dramatic plea to save panto

THE chairman of the Leeds Ama- teur Dramatic Society has made an urgent plea for volunteers – or risk the cancellation of its popular panto. Jane Steele (pictured), of Upper Street, Leeds, says that while there is a steady supply of younger actors, be- hind the scenes sup- port is needed to make the show hap- pen.

Writing in the parish magazine,

Mrs Steele says: “Without adults to do the important jobs of set design, set building, lighting, sound, scenery shifting, pulling curtains, making costumes and acting, there can be no pantomime.” LADShas produced pantos, plays

and other entertainment in the vil- lage hall and local gardens, for 35 years. Its annual panto, which is nor- mally staged and performed in Feb-

ruary, is always well-received and attended. Downs Mail reviewer John Mun-

son said of this year’s show: “Leeds pantomimes in the past have always been enjoyable. This one certainly kept up the high standard.” The group has organised a meet-

ing on Tuesday, September 12, in the village hall. It will be a chance for adults to meet the LADS team and to give offers of help. The meet- ing starts at 8pm. Group secretary Lesley Finlay

said: “The village panto is a lovely tradition, bringing together people of all ages andwalks of life to create a fun community event. “But it has become harder to get

those behind-the-scenes helpers who do so much to make the show happen each year. It would be a great shame to lose it.” LADS also performed their open-

air plays to large and appreciative audiences in the centre of Leeds in June.


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Pub fun day boosts hospice

CUSTOMERS at the Bell Inn at Bearsted helped to raise funds for the Heart of Kent Hospice during a music and charity day. An auction raised £1,000 for the hospice, with donations by The Bell Inn, Barrel & Stone, Pick a Posy florists, LJ Osteopathic Healthcare, Massage by Toni, The Perfect Collection, Butchers Hook,

and Michelle Gomme. Entertainment was provided by Jahson, who was formerly of The Drifters; Jimmy and the Riddles, and thanks went to Ian Rennie for managing the auction. Landlord Nigel Williams said: “It

was a fantastic day with great food, great music and lots of happy sunny faces.”

Church fete a sunny success

THIS year’s church fete in Harrietsham raised smiles on a sunny day and £800 for the upkeep of St John the Baptist parish church. Held in The Rectory garden, and organised by The Friends group, the

eventwas blessed with goodweather, on a glorious summer’s day. Friends’ secretary Glyn de Lacy said: “Itwas the sort of day when the

cares of the world are left behind for a short while, to allow village peo- ple to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. ” The sale of cakes, teas, ice creams and a healthy queue at the Pimms

tent helped swell funds even further. A display on The Rectory lawn of gleaming classic cars, with their

proud owners looking on, happy to answer questions, completed the scene. Next year’s event will return on Saturday, July 14.

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