How it all began...

The Cumnor Players came into being in 2007 after a few wistful conversations on Cumnor School drive and, of course, later in the pub.

We were a small group with a sense of fun who wanted to use their talents and/or aspirations to bring a community creative idea into existence. A panto!- the sort of creative opportunity you are sometimes offered as children but that don't arise when you've grown up; the chance to dust off that guitar, stick your neck out and stand under the lights on stage or help pull together a visual feast. It was the opportunity to get people working together who would normally simply nod at each other on the school drive and, very importantly, a chance to share a project with our children. If funds could be raised for a local charity and the school along the way then that would be a fantastic reward for our efforts. We didn't anticipate the level of talent in the village and the commitment that so many people were prepared to give.
 
Cinderella, our first project, was a tremendous success and helped raise money for Cumnor Village School and Vale House (Botley Alzheimer's residence). More importantly, in many ways, was the building of community-spirit that came about and the experience of involvement that it brought to everyone who worked alongside us.
 
The experience gained has certainly gone a long way toward making our subsequent productions even bigger and better!

The Cumnor Players Committee 2017

Ally Baker (Secretary)

Paul Bobby

Tim Claridge (Chairman)

Amanda Gaydon

Jacqui Lewis

Paul Lyon (Treasurer)

Margo Mills

Jules Pottle

Sandra Smith

Helen Stevens


Cumnor Players founding members receive Community Awards.

Three of the founding members of the Cumnor Players, Ally Baker, Jacqui Lewis and Amanda Gaydon, we recently recognised for their contributions to the community life of Cumnor Village  and received Community Awards for "Volunteering in the Vale" from the Vale of the White Horse District Council.

Their certificates read "in recognition of your wonderful dedication and commitment to the community of Cumnor through your work with Cumnor Players".

Paul Lyon, the Cumnor Players Treasurer, was also recognised for this work with the Cumnor Players and with the Oxford Youth Football League.

Ally Baker, Amanda Gaydon and Jacqui Lewis receive their certificates from Councillor Dudley Hoddinott (District Councillor for Cumnor and Appleton).