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  • Writer's pictureDave Brolly


Hi everyone,Hope this finds you all keeping well & looking forward to a sunny summer? Let's be optimistic as it is only May. I was so proud of Cudos with our success at the Cinderella awards, very many congratulations to Ann & all involved in our production of The Three Musketeers for a great panto that was recognised officially by Somerset Fellowship of Drama. More details later in this newsletter. Now we are looking forward to our next production in June 'Lend Me a Tenor', ably directed by Helen Wickens, it will have you laughing from beginning to end. I've watched rehearsals & I can assure you, you're in for a treat. At our AGM I was delighted to announce that we had received a very generous bequest from one of our long time & much missed member, Ray Bartlett. We're overwhelmed with his generosity & it secures our future as we move forward. We've invested in two 'proper' spotlights that are amazing pieces of kit. If you look up to the gallery next time you're in the Victoria Hall, you'll see said items standing tall up there, thank you Ray for enabling us to buy them. Your committee will be continuing to investigate how we can make best use of his bequest. Look forward to catching up with plenty of you over the coming months, at our play, our quiz at the end of June or other social events. Take care everyone & enjoy whatever the summer brings. Dendyx


A brilliant evening and enjoyed by all who attended. We were delighted to come home with:


Promising Young Performer  Clara Oliveira

Male Singer                            Ray Norris

Special Golden Awards          Helen Wickens, Lucy Bond  & Charmaine Bray

Spotlight Shield Runners Up (Non Theatre Venue)

NOMINATIONSJunior Groups - The Hounds - Clara Henry Daniel Tilley Marnie

Comic of the Year                  Ray Norris

Dance & Choreography

Village Musicians

Best Chorus



Village Stage Management

Best Original Costumes

Link Man of the Year             Taya Bray

Villain of the Year                  Ray Norris

The Eddie Bowker Trophy     Ray Norris

Director                                   Ann Brolly

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE Congratulations also to Richard Walters who won Dame of the Year and Vickie Stephens nominated for Principal Boy of the Year, both performed with other Societies.

PLAY-LENDMEATENOR-12th - 15th June Victoria HallBox OfficeTicket Price £10 Concession £8There is a SPECIAL OFFER of 2 tickets for £15 on Wednesday 12th June (these are only available from Wendy). Tickets available from or from Wendy on 01460 74380. Any problems email us on


Set build starts this weekend 18/19th and the following 3 weekends 25/26th, 1/2nd June., 8/9th starting at 10am till 5pm except 9th which will be from 12.30

If you are able to come along and help it would be much appreciated - it doesn’t have to be all day, even an hour or two would be great.



From the quizzical (if slightly deranged) mind of CUDOS Quizmaster Will Scott-Robinson comes the always fun yearly CUDOS quiz (and I bet you thought we’d forgotten)! Time to give those little grey cells an airing and see just how clever you think you are. To be held on Saturday the 29 th of June at 7.30pm in the Victoria Hall, Crewkerne, it promises to be an evening of fun, frolics, and furrowed brows. Entrance fee is only £3 per person (maximum 6 people per team), places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment (telephone Wendy on 01460 74380 with your team’s. name to book your place). Please feel free to bring your own food but, unlike previous years, no need to bring your own drinks as the bar will be open in between rounds for you to slake your thirst. The quiz is open to one and all (members and non-members alike) so grab your friends and neighbours and come on down to the hall on the 29 th to see what it’s all about. And remember, Rule One, the quizmasters’ decision is always final and, Rule Two, in the case of any disagreements please refer back to Rule One!

Be there or be a nonanonacontanonactanonaliagon*.


Membership/Patrons fees are now due:


Family- £50 Individual £25 Junior £10

Patrons -Vice president £32 Individual £8 Couples £13 Business £20

Fees can be paid by card at rehearsals, by BACS (preferred), to Wendy or sent to Dave Brolly, Treetops, 31 East Street, Crewkerne TA18 8DG Bank Details:

Reference: Member or Patron Fee Account No 69629862SortCode 30-98-97


A reminder we are always looking for Directors for musicals, plays and concerts. If you are interested your Committee would love to hear from you.


  • Writer's pictureDave Brolly


Firstly, thank you for doing me the honour of electing me as your Chair for a third term of office. I will work hard for you in the year ahead and know you will continue to make me proud. In addition, I take this opportunity to congratulate all our worthy award winners again, wow you all so deserved your awards, very well done. I was delighted to announce at our AGM that our much-missed Ray Bartlett, who died last year, had named CUDOS as a beneficiary in his will. Thank you Ray, your generous bequest means the world to us and we will take our time to ensure we make very wise use of this significant sum of money, along with the great memorabilia and costumes that are already in our costume store. Rehearsals are underway for our play, Lend Me a Tenor, very ably directed by Helen Wickens. Make sure you get your tickets in plenty of time as this very funny play is sure to sell out quickly. You are guaranteed a great night out. Well done to all those who were successful at auditions and commiserations with those who lost out. You gave those of us on the audition panel some very tough choices. Your new committee is meeting very soon and will be planning our social get togethers, alongside our future productions calendar. Further news of all these in our next newsletter. I hope you all enjoyed a happy and peaceful Easter break, wherever you were and whatever the weather was like, as we’ve certainly had more than our fair share of rain over these last months! Take care everyone. Dendyxx


This was well attended and we enjoyed catching up with friends over drinks and nibbles at the end. Robbie Hyde-Smith is to stand as President for a further year.

Chairman. Dendy Harris

Vice Chairman. Ann Brolly

Treasurer.  Dave Brolly

Minutes Secretary Angie Eason

Correspondence Sec.   Wendy Elliott

Committee Charmaine Bray

Fred Broom

Taya Bray

Lucy Singleton


Audrey Stokes. Ian Wickens

Neill McClintock Lucy Bond

Ruth Pountney. Rosemary Williams

Rising Star Maggie Singleton

Colin Miller - Music Fred Broom


Membership/Patrons fees are now due:


Family £50

Individual £25

Junior £10


Vice president £32

Individual £8

Couples £13

Business £20

Fees can be paid by card at rehearsals, by BACS (preferred), to Wendy or sent to Dave Brolly, Treetops, 31 East Street, Crewkerne TA18 7AG

Bank Details:

Reference: Member or Patron Fee

Account No 69629862

SortCode 30-98-97

PLAY-LENDMEATENOR- 12th - 15th June Victoria Hall Cast:

Max Keith Allington

Saunders. Rob Elliott-Judge

Tito. Fred Broom

BellHop. Oliver Pyle-Santini

Maria. Charmaine Bray

Julia.  Angie Eason

Maggie. Taya Bray

Diana. Chantelle Souttar


Price £10 Concession £8

There is a SPECIAL OFFER of 2 tickets for £15 on Wednesday 12th June (these are only available from Wendy). Tickets available from or from Wendy 0146074380

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