Society Social Life

Perhaps because in the early productions cast members knew each other from schooldays the social aspect of the Society was strong and helped to bridge the gap between the show and the start of new rehearsals. This important aspect of the Society’s wellbeing has been served by a very active Social committee which has arranged a wide variety of events from walks, dances, sing alongs, tenpin bowling, weekend breaks and, if you want something a little different, how about a visit to a Turkish Bath? The committee’s much appreciated work contributes greatly to the unity within the membership.

The staging of an operetta for our audiences to enjoy could not take place without the vital help of Back Stage (stage manager and crew, properties and prompter) and Front of House staff. The support of friends of the Society in offering their time has always been much appreciated. This has ensured the implementation of Health and Safety Regulations and the provision of services such as the selling of refreshments, staffing the bar and the management of ticket sales.

The first constitution of the Society made charitable donations a primary objective. This has continued to be honoured and incorporated into all revised constitutions. The production costs for each show have varied but donations have always been made to a wide range of charities including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the RNLI, St John Ambulance and the Yorkshire Cancer Appeal. So far the Society’s contributions to charitable causes exceed £25,000.

At the inception of the Society there were those who felt that its life would be a short one, given the restricted choice of repertoire, the specialisation of its appeal and therefore audience support. The members of the Society, including a strong family tradition, have overcome these challenges, for it is in the strength of the membership that the success of the Society lies. It has coped with all the diverse difficulties which beset all societies on occasion. The performances have gained in recognition for the quality of production and delivery. Sound leadership by successive committees, presidents and officers and support of patrons have ensured that the firm foundations of 1958 have been maintained. All the new and exacting demands on staging productions and the implementation of new legislation have been efficiently dealt with. A crucial element in the success of any Society is its finances and again the Society’s funds have been shrewdly managed by successive treasurers and are on a sound footing to take the Society forward.