||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
The experience gained has certainly
long way toward making our subsequent productions even bigger and better!
Players Committee 2017
Ally Baker (Secretary)
Tim Claridge (Chairman)
Paul Lyon (Treasurer)
Cumnor Players founding members receive Community
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
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
Ally Baker, Amanda Gaydon and Jacqui Lewis
receive their certificates from Councillor Dudley Hoddinott (District Councillor
for Cumnor and Appleton).