Newsletter : May 2018

“MIDDLE AGE SPREAD”: This has now been cast as follows:

Elizabeth:      Annette Toms

Colin:              Brian Hibberd

Isobel:            Ann Bolitho-Jones

Reg:                Andy Taylor

Judy:               Valerie Gale

Robert:           Roger Gotts

The first rehearsal is on Thursday 10th May, and the Director Andy’s watchword is “Full steam ahead”!

If you aren’t yet helping backstage or Front of House, and you’d like to, please contact the Production Manager, Brian Hibberd ( , 01923 267391).

ABBOTS LANGLEY CARNIVAL  This is on Saturday June 9th.   As yet ALP has nothing organised – would anyone like to leap into the breach?  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, we could simply walk as a group, distributing publicity material for ALP and our summer play. We have done this before, notably on one occasion when it rained most of the time. Walking in a very wet period costume is not to be recommended.

Any offers? If you’d like to help, please contact me, Jean James,, 07941 424592.

ALP’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY  Well, by now it’s actually the 61st anniversary, but we’re still hoping to organise a barbecue and party in the Barn and the Tomsons’ garden. No dates available yet, but keep watching….

PRODUCTIONS IN 2019  So far we only have one (possible) director for the whole of 2019. With three plays, this leaves us with a bit of a shortfall.    Does anyone have a play they would like to direct, or see directed? Does anyone know of someone who would like to direct?  If you’re able to help, please contact Jean James.


Thur 10 May              First rehearsal “Middle Age Spread”

Sat 9 June                 Abbots Langley Carnival

22 – 28 July                Play week “Middle Age Spread”

11 – 17 Nov                Play week for autumn production

9 – 16 Mar 2019        Spring play week

6 – 13 July 2019        Summer play week

10 – 16 Nov 2019      Autumn play week

NEWS OF PHYLLIS CLARK  Longstanding members will probably remember Phyllis, widow of Digby. Her son Leslie was prompted to contact us by coming across some newspaper cuttings about ALP from the 1960s, while sorting through some of her things.

Leslie says she is now in a nursing home as she needs 24 hour care, and sadly she has no memories of her times at the Barn or the Henderson Hall. He has tried to jog her memory by reading her the newsletters that we send regularly, but to no avail.


NODA NOMINATION   I’m pleased to tell you that Brian Hibberd has received a nomination for Best Male in a Play for ‘Michael, in “Someone to Watch Over Me” .  This is the Charles Sumner Award for District 10 (London.) The winners will be announced on Sunday June 24th at the Radlett Centre. If anyone would like to go, I have details of how to get tickets.

Many congratulations to Brian on his nomination.


BOXED IN (OR BOXING CLEVER?)  Our display box on the side of the Hall is falling to bits, and will in due course be replaced by a much larger box for all (regular) Hub users. Posters will need to be taken into the Hub to be put up.

It will be nice to have a box that a) doesn’t have graffiti scratched on the plastic, and b) doesn’t leak.

I tried to think of another box pun but (un)fortunately I couldn’t!

AND FINALLY  (Nothing to do with drama)  I have several spare tomato plants – would anyone like a few? Contact me if you would.