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Burton Joyce Players

“Sitting Pretty”

A 58 year old woman, unable to raise the energy and inclination to get dressed in the morning, sits and stares at the world from a dark pit of depression after redundancy.

Hardly what you’d expect for the opening scene of what is described as “A warm-hearted comedy by Amy Rosenthal”.

But don’t despair (there’s enough of that in the opening scene). After a good deal of convincing “buck yourself up” dialogue from sister Nina (Jane Murray), our heroine, Nancy (Kathy Matthews) finally drags herself out into the world, where a chance encounter wins her a new job.

The new job puts Nancy in front of a class of amateur artists, where she is surprised to learn (we knew all along, of course) that she is expected to pose nude! Kathy, as Nancy, handled the transition from dark depression to naked confidence with great skill, with the class members adding a range of convincing characters to an increasingly pleasant mix.


Gavin Alston-Holmes, last seen on Burton Joyce’s panto stage, handles the role of art instructor with ease, along with his ex-girlfriends Zelda (Sally Panter) and Josie (Kate Purdue).

Right from the start, David Matthews, as Max, makes weak attempts at wooing Nina (who wants none of it), whilst practising a range of DIY skills for the sisters. David succeeds in making us want to shout out “Forget it David, she’s obviously still pining for the Italian dreamboat of her youth” – but, of course, we don’t.

As can be expected of a “warm-hearted comedy”, all turns out well in the end (even Max gets a girl – though not the one he expected) and the audience responded with a heart-felt murmur as the final few lines were delivered. What more can you ask from a play?

Finally, unusually for Am Dram, the technical aspects were fulfilled perfectly. Sound and lighting effects added to the experience, and the crew of scene shifters enabled the four different sets to appear and disappear seamlessly.

Once more, well done Burton Joyce Players – you can always be relied upon to put on a good show.

Reviewed by Michael Dobbs

FIFA World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:

  • Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit
  • A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit
  • Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
  • For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance pages

Gedling Artists

On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of May the Gedling Artists will again be bringing Open Studios Nottingham to Lowdham Village Hall.

This very talented and varied group not only will be exhibiting their work to purchase, but each artist will be demonstrating the techniques they use to create it, including demonstrations of free machine embroidery by Sarah Sewell of Wildgoose Designs, tiffany glass by Jen McEwan, copper embossing by Dawn Feeney, painting by Faye Baines as well as creative demonstrations by Christine Oakley; silver jewellery, Suzanne Hough; creative wool, Sasha Niamat; painting, Sandy Bywater; ceramics, Lorri Thomas; mixed media, Oksana Holbrook; bespoke knitwear.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase delicious treats and a cuppa provided by Frabjous Events on their beautiful vintage crockery.

There is free parking and the hall is accessible to all. In the past few years this has been a popular event for all of the family so please pop along from 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday and 10.00am – 4.00pm Sunday.

Save the Date
Woodborough Open Gardens

All profits to Nottingham Service Centre NSPCC

Sunday 24 June 2018

Delighted to announce that we will have at least 12 gardens open this year. But we warmly welcome any final offerings!
Please do not feel that your garden is not good enough- get in touch if you are interested.
Please remember our plant stall which will once again be masterminded by David Burgess. As you start to take cuttings and divide plants we are happy to receive any contributions.
Please bring to 26 Smalls Croft.

Specific requests

We are in need of an additional driver for the community minibus if anyone fancies doing a shift driving round the village.

And is anyone willing to be a first aider on standby for the event?

Last but not least – we will need an army of supporters/volunteers to help with stewarding at car parks/raffle selling/refreshments – so if you are willing to contribute any time to support this great village event please get in touch. If you can only offer an hour you are warmly welcome. Please get in touch

Contact Lynne Morgan 965 4745  or
for more information.