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Croft Archives News:  There are now lots more additions to the archives

Feel like a wander down Memory Lane, or a Historical view for the younger members?

We  have nearly all programmes in our Archives Section,with many photos, newspaper articles & reviews spanning over 100 years.

Quite a few from the 1930's and the Roaring 20's, with some interesting newspaper articles from the 1930's.

The Archives are being added to frequently.

We are still searching for the programmes for:  1930, 1933, and 1934

If you have any memorabillia or photos we can add to the archives or gallery please contact us via the website

 

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3rd January 2017


 


23rd September 2016

Get Well Wishes

To our Vice President

Miss Brenda Scaife

Convalescing at Tapton Edge Nursing Home

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

A.G.M.   5th July 2016

Mr John Higgins (President) Chaired the meeting

 

 Martin Peacock presents Helen Fidler with the Brian Revitt Award

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New Chairman Fiona Hannon with Martin Peacock on his retirement from Croft

We wish Martin all the best in his transfer to Guernsey

New elected Committee are:

Fiona Hannon - Chair

Andrew Stansall - Vice Chair

Shan Bennett - Secretary

Joan Bennett - Treasurer

Kath Kenyon - Business Manager

Gareth Davies - Branding Manager

Melody Cole - Members Liaison Officer

Members Representatives:

Laura Collis, Helen Green, Rachel Pointon

 

 

 


26th November 2015

Happy 30th Birthday to Joe Hamilton (Cinderella's Prince)

Celebrating with the Cast of 'Into The Woods'

 


Congratulations to Members - Rachel Pointon, Louise Walker & Laura Collis

The next generation of Croft members were born in 2015

10th June 2015      Sebastian Hay Pointon

31st July 2015      Amelia Louise Walker

2nd September 2015      Matilda Jessie Collis


 


 


16th December 2015

Congratulations to Dorothy Moore

who has received Life Membership of Croft 

Her first show was Die Fledermaus in 1972

Her last performance with Croft was in Mame 2006

& she has been assistant Treasurer since 2008.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

July 2015 AGM

Congratulations to

Christine Minott

Winner of the Arnold Laver Award for 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

15th November 2014 

GRADUATION  CONGRATULATIONS  to Mark Drakeford & Ellie Hudson

Mark & Ellie as Sandie & Danny in

Croft's production of Grease 2014

 
 

22nd October 2014  -  Free Mailing List Draw

The winners name was drawn at rehearsal tonight by our 'Deloris' Sharon Stacey

Congratulations to JULIE BRIGGS who has won 2 tickets to see 'Sister Act' on 10th March 2015

 

Andrea's Funeral will be at Hutcliffe Wood Cemetery

Wednesday 15th October at 11:30am

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 27th September 2014                      ANDREA BAGNALL

                           

Croft House Theatre Company are very sad to announce

the passing of Andrea on Saturday 27th September 2014

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Andrea was a member of Croft for over 40 years

Her first production was in 'The Merry Widow' in 1971

She is pictured here in the ensemble for 1982 and in 'Mame'  2006

Our condolences are sent to her friends & family.

 

Tuesday 2nd September

Sandra & Keith Houldsworth

presented with Life Membership of Croft House Theatre Company

by The President - Kathleen Revitt

 

Tuesday 2nd September

SHEFFIELD FAYRE  at Norfolk Heritage Park on Sunday 24th August.

(The winning ticket was drawn at the first rehearsal tonight)

The Lucky Winner of 2 tickets to see 'Sister Act' is -

AMANDA POOLE of Southey Green

Thank you to Mary Newey for running the promotion,

with much appreciated help from Sandra & Keith Houldsworth

 

Awards:

Miss Brenda Scaife (CHTC Vice President)

presented with NODA 70 years medal from David Streeter ( Councillor for NODA North East)

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Louise Walker  -

Receiving the Brian Revitt Award from President Kath Revitt & Chairman Martin Peacock

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Life Membership awarded to:

Joan & Ron Bennett, Kath & Neil Kenyon, and Sandra & Keith Houldsworth

 

22nd May 2014

Congratulations to Janet Sanders

Janet has been awarded her 50 year NODA gold bar for service to Amateur Theatre.

Croft are very proud that Janet has been a member for so many of those years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

April 2014

Well Done to Hazel Handley

Congratulations to Hazel - who has recently been awarded her 50 year

NODA gold bar for service to Amateur Theatre.

 

Croft are very proud that Hazel has been a member for so many of those years

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Grease 2014

 

 

 

 

Mary  'in the pink'  Newey

From Leading Lady to Lead Programme promoter

 

Croft President & Past President

Kath Revitt & Basil Andrews

The Presidents Evening in The Lyceum Hepworth Room Wed 12th March 2014

Attended by NODA Officials, Croft Officials & Croft Life Members & friends

 

 

 

 

Pauline Coopland 'Our Coops' 

Opening Night of Grease 2014

 

 


'Break a Leg' to all our members in 'Grease' this week

Best wishes for a stonking week to all the Cast, Crew, Technicians,

& all the un-sung heroes connected with this production


Jack's Funeral

 2:30 on Monday 17th February 2014

St Johns Church, Abbeydale Rd South

 

Funeral arrangements will be posted when available

 


A Very Happy Christmas from Team Croft 2013

 

 

16th December 2013

Please sign the petition to save our Library

www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-park-library

 

Sheffield City Council: Stop the closure of Park Library.
Park Library is a thriving, successful public library.

Sheffield City Council has threatened it for closure

despite being one of the busiest libraries in Sheffield.
The library runs activities and acts as a community centre,

especially for those without easy access to the internet.
The planned closure will affect the neighbourhood and the staff who

work so hard to make Park library such an essential part of the local area.

 


4th December 2013

 

 
 

 


Tuesday 19th November 2013

The WINNER of the mailing list draw was randomly selected tonight by our leading Lady & Man

SANDY & DANNY  ( aka  Ellie & Mark )

The lucky winner of 2 tickets for 'GREASE' opening night is C. MITCHELL

 

 

 >>>  Read the Full Article in The Star

 

16th October 2013

JOHN EATON -  Croft Director from 1969 (Desert Song) to 1974 (Bitter Sweet) died peacefully this morning.

Our condolences are sent to his wife Hazel & two sons.

 


                                                 

6th October 2013

Congratulations to Croft Member Philippa Matkin

who got engaged this weekend to Garry.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Good Luck Ellie !

We're very proud of Croft member Ellie Hudson who will be appearing in a new musical
"Our School" with NYMT at the St James Theatre in London from 14 to 17 August.
 
We're also very pleased to be able to support her in this production through the 1st Judith Silvester Bursary.
Good Luck Ellie from all your friends at Croft

 


1st August 2013         

Croft House Theatre Company are happy to announce

Kathleen Revitt as our new President

Kath has been a member of CHTC for 60 years and in that time has appeared on stage,
acted as committee member and served as Chairman for more than 10 years.
We look forward to working with Kath in her new role and also to celebrating her 60th anniversary with her.
 
 
 

Brian Revitt Award 2013    

Congratulations to Nick Challenger who was presented with this award by Kathleen Revitt at this years AGM.
His hairdressing skills went beyond the call of duty during show week & the care of wigs was exceptional.
 

The Oscar 2013

This 'for humour' award was won by our very own Mrs Overall, Helen Kempton, who in the line of duty "the show must go on" performed all week in Acorn Antiques with a very badly sprained calf. This obviously made her facial expressions real & improved her performance.
Runner up was Fiona Hannon who managed to get her lines out on opening night despite nearly choking with a very bad cough & sore throat.

 


Friday 26th July 2013

HUGE Congratulations to our Stage Manager Paul Minott & Props Maestro Christine Froggatt
who were married yesterday in Western Park Bandstand.
All beautifully staged, of course.
Much love from all at CHTC
 

25th July 2013:

We are very pleased to annouce that Andrew Griffiths will be our Musical Director for 'Grease'.
Andrew has lots of experience working in Sheffield   & nationally on professional tours such as Evita and Joseph.

 


 
Elaine Spall (Member of CHTC in 1980)
Has written these poetic words
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I believe she's still dancing  way up high
In a place that is hidden beyond the sky
With her graceful moves and her unmatched style
Classic choreography and winning smile
I believe she's still dancing to an eternal beat
Reminding the angels to point their feet
Needs no glitter or sequins to make her shine bright
And from behind the scenes she still steals the spotlight
I believe she's still dancing directing a show
That will never be witnessed by us here, below
So dance on Miss Judy but take a moment to pause
And you'll hear us, all give you a well deserved applause

RIP Miss Judy. Forever dancing...

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Miss Judy's Funeral will be on Thursday July 11th 2013 at 2.00pm
All Saints Parish Church Ecclesall
Ringinglow Road
Sheffield
S11 7PQ
 

Sheffield Telegraph 4th July 2013

Sheffield Star 27th June 2013

 

Judith Silvester

It was with great sadness that we learned on Sunday 23rd June

of the sudden death of our President, Judith Silvester.

 
Miss Judy (as she was known to all) first joined Croft in the 1950s as a dancer.
In the years to come she was to be leading lady, choreographer, director and president.
Her commitment and passion were legendary and she became an inspiration to us all.
Her students have travelled the world, taking with them her discipline and professionalism, but more than that she was a friend to so many of us.
She was able to move with ease from the highest level of professional dance training to gently coaching those less able to deliver a performance with confidence and aplomb.
We are stunned by this sad news and send all our love to her daughters Tracey and Karen.

 


Gareth Davies & Joan Bennett 2013

NODA Award Winners for CHTC "The Sound of Music Programme"


Antique Acorn Competition Marigold Winners:

1st: Andrew (Gold)  2nd: Jillybean (Pink)  Joint 3rd: Our Mel (Blue) & Richard Roper

 


CROFT & STOS  Dinner Dance 2013 at Baldwins Omega

 


NEWS from N.O.D.A. Conference 2013

Croft House Theatre Company WON first prize in the regional competition "Deluxe Programme Class"

for their 2012 "Sound of Music" Programme  (can be viewed in the Archives section of this website)

Chairman - Martin Peacock with Vice President - Brenda Scaife

1) With Judi Johnson Hart & Gareth Davies

2) Members from Sheffield attending the NODA conference pictured with David Streeter (NODA regional councilor )

 


 


------>  Review from Theatre Monkey


----->     STAR REVIEW     Read the review on-line for Acorn Antiques


VIP night at 'Acorn Antiques' Lyceum Theatre -  Thursday 21st March 2013

The Lord Mayor, Councillor John Campbell, & Ms Catherine Taylor meet the cast after the show
The Lord Mayor chose the winning ticket for the Antique Acorns Puzzle and
Presented the prize of a pink sequined bottle of bubbly to our Melodie
 

 


Opening Night of Acorn Antiques The Musical  19th March 2013

The President of NODA Mr Derek Grattidge meets the cast on stage after the show


Sheffield Star Review  21st March 2013

Can now be viewed in The Archives


Telegraph - Thursday 14th March 2013

Can now be viewed in The Archives


Read all about it at:

Latest News from Sheffields Town Talk  (Acorn Antiques)


Red Nose Day   'Rehearsals'

 


Watch Kates BIG surprise on film

Courtesy of You Tube


PIP set to return to centre-stage in Barnsley

Download file for more information:

 


8th December 2012

Congratulations to Andy & Laura Collis

On the birth of their daughter Isabella Mary CollisSaturday 8th December 2012
Best wishes from all your friends at Croft House Theatre Company

 


Best wishes to all members performing in:

"Thank You For The Music"   24th November 2012

CHARITY CONCERT

Remembering Malcolm Johnson

Featuring Croft House Theatre Company

 
Proceeds to The Fire Service Benevolent Fund and Barnsley Hospice

DETAILS & FLYER are already posted on earlier news

 


19th November 2012   (Competition for Members & Friends of CROFT)

The Antique Acorns Competition

The 'Acorns' are pictured here on holiday in Devon.
There will be postings of them pictured at various venues/sites in and around Sheffield
Competition Rules: Answers to Joan please
You have to tell me where the Acorns are - by private message (FB) Text or email:
ALL correct answers from each photo will be put in a draw to select the overall winner
Anyone publishing the answers on FB comments /Twitter /or other will be disqualified.

Please go to the Page Link  [Antq Acorns]  for the competition photos

 
 

STOS  'A Christmas Carol The Musical'    

13th to 17th November 2012

WELL DONE  to all our members & friends who are performing in this superb production
Directed by Mark Feakins, Choreography by Claire Harriott, Musical Direction by Andy Collis,
at The Sheffield LYCEUM this week.

 


 

 

November 2012

Best Wishes & Well Done to Katie Mather

Katie has gained a placement to be a 'Character Performer' 

as part of a Summer work experience

at WALT DISNEY WORLD - FLORIDA

from 10th June to 16th August 2013.

 


24th November 2012

"Thank You For The Music"

CHARITY CONCERT

Remembering Malcolm Johnson

Featuring Croft House Theatre Company

 
EMMANUEL METHODIST CHURCH
Huddersfield Rd, Barnsley S75 1DT
SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER  at 7pm
 
Tickets £6.00
Proceeds to The Fire Service Benevolent Fund
and Barnsley Hospice
 
for more info

DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE

 

 

 

 


A HUGE CROFT THANK YOU to Richard Roper of Bournemouth

Richard has kindly supplied us with copies of  several 1950's programmes and dozens of
newspaper articles/reviews dating back to 1928 for our Archives section of the website.  
You can read Richards interesting facts on the 'About Us' section of the website.

 


11th Sept 2012 -  Congratulations & Welcome to 5 new Croft Members

Carla, Becky, Hayley, Lizzie & Rebekah have successfully passed their entrance auditions tonight
 
NOW ...  WHAT'S  HAPPENED TO THE BOYS ???

 


BEST WISHES  to  BEN MILLER & ELEANOR ALLBONES

Both leave for Theatre Schools on Sunday 9th Sept
Ben (equity name: Ben Millerman) is studying for a 3yr  BA at  The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.
Eleanor is doing a 1yr Intensive Musical Theatre Course at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford.

Well Done & Best Wishes from all your friends at Croft.

 

Tuesday 4th Sept  2012                                                  CROFT Bowling Team

 
 
Thank you to Louise who organised a pre-rehearsal social event.
A good time was had by all
 
 
 
 

 

KATE GUITE  (Katie Dickinson) sadly passed away on 30th August 2012
 

Kate, along with her late husband  Eric Dickinson, were Principal Members of Croft during the 60's & 70's.
Their daughter Fiona, followed her talented parents and is a playing member and Trustee of Croft House T.C.
 
Our condolenses are sent to Fiona Hannon, and family.
 
Kate's  funeral will be at Rotherham Crematorium on Friday 7th Sept at 3.45.
 
 
  Katie pictured in the  Croft 1971 Programme.

Sheffield Jubilee Fayre   26th & 27th August 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to   Mr ALAN MILLER
The Winner of the Draw to win 2 tickets to see 'Acorn Antiques'
Thank you to Ben & Hayley (Sunday)    &  Andrew, Shan, Judith, Sandra, Keith, Louise & Mark (Monday)
 
 

 

The Brian Revitt Award Winner(s)   'The Sound of Music'    6 Chaper-Nuns  

Jill Beckett, Jenny Bingham, Laura Collis, Katie Mather, Kate Parkin, Emma Townend

 

 

 

 

 

       The President, Miss Judith Silvester presents the Award
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     With Lisl & The Von Trapp 12 children teams Bread & Jam
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGM 17th July 2012

  • Chaired by Miss Judith Silvester - The President of Croft Theatre Company
  • Joan Bennett has retired as Chairman but will continue as Treasurer.
  • New Chairman is Mr Martin Peacock  (previously Vice Chairman)
  • New Members representative -  Mr Gareth Davies  (Director of last 2 productions for Croft)
  • Additional Vice President -  Mr John Higgins  (former MD of Croft for 28years)
  • Life Membership awarded to Miss Margaret Brown for her long service to the company

The Oscar Nominations 2012

Awarded for daft, funny, outrageous, off the wall antics.

  • Thea - for losing her front teeth during rehearsals but still smiling
  • Maddie - for changing into her PJ's end of rehearsals to be ready for bed

  • David - for writing an entire script for his 'un-scripted' role

  • Joan - for breaking all records with her 22 bows

  • Paul - for saving the nuns from a Nun-Skittle during a live performance.

The Winner was -  Mr Paul Minott  (Production Manager & Life Saver)

 

24th January 2012:              

E-Mailing List Free Ticket Draw

   

 Winner:   DAWN BROWN 

The winner was selected by Thea & Maddie  who play the role of Gretl
on alternate nights in 'The Sound of Music'  ~ 13th -17th March

 

 

 

 


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