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Chairman’s Update

Hello everyone. I hope you all got a chance to enjoy some sunshine over the summer. And as we head into our new Autumn season, I wanted to give you an update on what’s been happening at SLT. I’m planning to make these regular updates, so if there’s anything you want to ask or know more about just let me know.

Summer was a very busy time at SLT. Our fantastic festival – FestNorwood – was really well-received, and had a massive 51 events over 10 days. We had loads of members and visitors coming for the workshops, performances and all sorts of entertainment, and we gave them the full SLT experience. And the bar even achieved an all-time record, taking over £1000 on just one night! The bar is a hugely important part of our social fabric (as well as bringing in much needed money). It’s a great place to meet people, find out what’s going on, get involved with things. Please do make use of it when you’re around – meet up before rehearsals, use it for production meetings and giving notes. And why not become a bar volunteer? It’s a great way to meet people, and you get free drinks!

And although the rest of August was dark, that doesn’t mean nothing was happening. Quite the opposite. This is one of the few times we get to do any theatre maintenance. With two shows every month, rehearsals almost every day, and people using the building all the time now, finding time to keep it in good repair is essential. So the SLT fairies were out in force, painting and varnishing, tidying and fixing, and even upgrading our sound system. We couldn’t do it without them, so big thanks to everyone who gave up some of their summertime to help.

Pam Lyne

Carole Coyne

Lee Ridgeway

I’m also delighted to let you know that we’ve granted honorary membership to three fantastic SLTers: Pam Lyne, who has been one of our most dedicated members over many years, Carole Coyne, who stood down in May after ten years on General Council; and Lee Ridgeway, who chaired SLT for seven years, right through the refurbishment of the Old Fire Station. Honorary memberships are not common, and are saved for those individuals who really have made a major contribution to the theatre. So, thank you.

And finally, more members are joining us every month – welcome to everyone who has joined us since we returned to the Old Fire Station. We are still building our membership, having lost quite a few people during the years we were out of the Old Fire Station. We currently have 365 adult members, plus over 150 in our youth theatre, creating a wonderful community that we can all be proud of. And if you’re reading this and haven’t joined us yet – take the plunge. Come along on 17th September to our New Members Night – it’s also the launch of our next season, so you’ll be amongst the first to find out what we’re planning for 2020!

Hope to see you there.

Simon.