Village Entertainment Evening
Much fun was had by everyone who attended the Village Hall ‘Evening of Supper and Entertainment’ in Vernham Dean. Since the demise of Theatre Group, it was felt that there was still plenty of talent and enthusiasm within the community to put on a light-hearted show which might raise much-needed funds for the hall. Both of these aims were well met; tickets for the evening were sold out well in advance and it is hoped that the success of the occasion will encourage others to come and join in another time.
The evening began (and ended) with the first screening of a hilarious, specially created musical video skit on village life by ‘Val Loonycan’ (Sue Winch). Then Alison Rockwood and her team had put together a variety of acts, including sketches, monologues, a mini-panto and a stunning transformation of the ‘GlamGrans from old crones to dancing queens!
The rest of the cast included Judy Mills, Richard Winch, Quiller Taylor, Richard Backhouse, Emma Dickinson, Mick Giles, Amanda Taylor, Carolyn Coleman, Kate Taylor, Wendy Brock and Yvonne Edgecombe.
Many thanks go to the members of the Millennium Hall Committee who organised the event, ran the bar, and cooked and served the tasty home-made supper.
The Old Methodist Chapel, Back Lane
The Chapel has had a checkered history of late with several people buying it with the intention to convert it into a house. All those purchasers discovered too late that not only does it not have access to any sewage facilities – there are no main drains in the village – but there is no prospect of any such facilities being installed as the Chapel does not own sufficient land.
On a humorous note the current owners have stuck a label on it calling it Chapel House, Back Lane and installed curtains. A simple postcode check shows that Royal Mail has no such place on their records.
The Chapel ceased to be used by the Methodists in the 1970’s and was sold to a local resident who used it as a artist’s studio until 2006. Its current registered use is as an embroiderers studio; plans to change its use to storage were turned down in 1987 and no further applications have been filed.