Shiptonthorpe Village Hall Community Theatre awarded £5k to pay for permanent lighting rig.

A women sits with boxes of lights while people from the village hall look on

The village hall has played host to a community theatre group since 2009. They produce an annual pantomime which involves 40 community members and is always a sell-out, attracting an audience of almost 500 over two weekends.

In the past they’ve had to borrow or hire lighting equipment and didn’t always have the time and technical expertise to install and dismantle the equipment themselves.

OneFamily customer, Elizabeth Thompson, who is treasurer for the Shiptonthorpe Village Hall and has been performing with the community theatre group for the past five years, put the group forward for the award.

“When we first moved to the village 10 years ago, the hall was in a state of disrepair and due to be sold for housing development. A group of us campaigned for it to be saved and, happily, our voices were heard. It’s since been renovated and has become an integral part of the village. There’s always something going on – from social events to exercise classes and community groups practicing and performing.” Elizabeth Thompson, OneFamily customer.

They are now able to fund the purchase and installation of a lighting rig for the hall, which will benefit the whole community as it remains in situ throughout the year, for other events.

“Now, thanks to OneFamily, we can pay for the lights to be installed at the hall permanently, and any funds we raise in the future can be put back into the community. We can’t thank OneFamily, and of course everyone who got behind us, enough!” Elizabeth Thompson