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Our Village At War

1st of December 2014

It was a full house in the Village Hall on 7 and 8 November when the folk of Chipperfield were treated to a dramatic presentation of some of the events which took place against the backdrop of the First and Second World Wars and the years in between. The script was written by John Uff who based much of it on the books written by Mary and her son, Andrew, Nobbs. Interspersed with popular songs of the time, the play looked at events during the First World War when thirty seven young men from Chipperfield lost their lives. The story continued with a look at what was happening nationally and locally during the 1920s and 1930s and then to the history of the Second World War. Chipperfield had its share of evacuees, food rationing, the Home Guard and men and women joining the army, navy and air force, some of whom were never to return. The cast included Lisa Callcut, Peter Corbett, Chris and Jane Deal, Andrew and Linda Hug, Anne Menzies, Lyle Rainey, John Uff and Giles Wyburd with four youngsters, Alfie Barr, Leah Currie, Jasmine Simmonds and Jake Swan. Lisa Callcut directed with Tony Briselden providing sound and lighting and Anne Wyburd administrating. Proceeds from the event went to The Royal British Legion.

An enjoyable, nostalgic and moving production in which the cast did a splendid job. The evening culminated with cast and audience raising the roof with ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.
Terry Simmonds

 
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