IMPORTANT REMINDER


HI-DE-HI IS REALLY HAPPENING IN OCTOBER!

READ THROUGH:   TUESDAY MAY 25TH – 8pm – JUBILEE HALL
AUDITION DATES:  THURSDAY MAY 27TH& TUESDAY 1ST JUNE – 8pm – JUBILEE HALL
PERFORMANCE DATES OCT 8, 9  & 14, 15, 16TH 

Are you interested in joining us at Maplins Holiday Camp? Helping Out? Being involved in some way? Then come along to the read through and let’s have a chat about it!
If you are interested and can’t make any of our dates, please get in touch.

Email: contactus@hartleyartsgroup.me.uk

Breaking News, Hi de Hi Important information


At last! Some positive news from HAG as we, like everyone else, emerge from the lockdown year. Yes, Hi-de-Hi is really happening in October! These are the important dates you need.
Read through: Tuesday May 25th 8.00pm Jubilee Hall
Audition dates: Thursday May 27th & Tuesday 1st June 8.00pm Jubilee Hall

Are you interested in joining us at Maplins holiday camp, helping out? Being involved in some way? Then come along to the read through and lets chat about it! If you are interested and can’t make any of our dates, please get in touch Looking forward to seeing you all soon then!
Best wishes
Doris.
 

May 2021 News Update

SPRING IS SPRUNG – let’s hope the weather is warmer and more settled after the sunshine, chilly winds and snow last month. Exciting news this month we have a read through of Hi-De-Hi on May 25th and auditions on May 27th and 1st June. We are so looking forward to putting on the show in October 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th and 16th dates for your diary!  Lots more planned for the coming months so please watch this space and contact us if you need more information.

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Our Choir Leaders are organising small group rehearsals starting this month and shall be rehearsing songs for a Charity and Remembrance Evening for our dear friend Lesley Parish to be held on 23rd July.  Members of the Choir should have received all information.  Keep singing, keep smiling!

As I said last month – We are extremely grateful to our membership for supporting us through good and bad times – a BIG THANK YOU those of you who have already paid.  If you haven’t yet, can we ask for your support again?  We do hope so, the show MUST go on? Membership forms can be found on our website. Thank you!

April 2021 News Update

Goodness April already!  Here’s hoping everyone behaved themselves and Boris has now allowed us to meet up with 6 people outside as promised.  Hi-De-Hi is still a possibility for October and read through and auditions (albeit via Zoom) are hopefully happening.  As I have to write this a month in advance I need to be a clairvoyant, so fingers crossed that is the case.  There will be a time when live entertainment is back on track and we shall be thankful we can gather and enjoy.

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Still on hold, however, a little bird told me she is already preparing music and arrangements for some songs and is currently working on Oliver!  Not sure what songs exactly, but musicals are always a hit with the Choir.  Remember our Phantom of the Opera – the Sopranos loved hitting those high notes (I wonder if we can hit them now)?  Keep singing, keep smiling!

We are extremely grateful to our membership for supporting us through good and bad times – without shows our funding is declining, as with most groups at the moment, so a BIG THANK YOU to our members.  Unfortunately membership renewal is upon us, as it is April……..can we ask for your support again?  We do hope so, the show MUST go on?

March 2021 News Update

This year seems to be going quickly, here we are in March already – thank goodness do I hear you cry? Hopefully by now most of you will have had at least your first vaccination.  Sadly we have had to delay our Hi-De-Hi production yet again, now looking forward to October to be back to entertaining an audience again.  In the meantime please say ‘Hi’ to everyone you meet out walking, it may be their only personal contact that day, there are still people isolating or staying as safe as possible keeping socially distanced.  Spring is sprung – enjoy the wonderful flowers that nature provides to give us the lift we need at this time, after all, they are putting on a show for you too.  

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Rest assured we will get back together just as soon as it is safe to do so.  Carry on singing, even on the days you don’t feel like it.  Singing is so uplifting, unless of course you like Leonard Cohen songs, there are some that make me cry or would increase any depression!

We are extremely grateful to our membership for supporting us through good and bad times – without shows our funding is declining, as with most groups at the moment, so a BIG THANK YOU to our members.

News Update 2021

Good news on the Vaccine front of course, and although our venue, the V and A centre is currently closed, we have to look forward and hope for a bit of normality at some point, for all our sanities!

IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF LESLEY PARISH
We are currently planning a Charity Social Evening at the end of June, start of July, in memory of our dear friend Lesley Parish, this being the first opportunity we have had as a group to formally remember Lesley, and be thankful for all her numerous years of dedication to Hag. The evening will include a few songs from the Choir, a Quiz and a Raffle, and will be open to all members and their guests. We will have a retiring collection, and all monies will go to a charity in Lesley’s name, as nominated by her family. More details to follow of course.

DATES FOR HI-DE-HI
Well “Ho De Ho” campers indeed, as we can’t now put our show on in June with all this uncertainty, so the play will take our booked October slot. Third time lucky!
PERFORMANCE DATES
OCTOBER 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th & 16th
READ THROUGH MAY 25th, AUDITIONS MAY 27th & JUNE 1st

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR
In anticipation (!) we’ve booked the Victoria Hall for April 19th, in the hope we can all get back to the Monday evenings we are missing so much, even if it means reduced numbers on a rota system. More news as we have it.

MEMBERSHIP – A PLEA FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY – SUE
After all that we have been through 2020 and now 2021 we are so grateful to our Membership for sticking with us through thick and thin (well thin mainly!). All the Membership Fees help to keep our Group afloat, especially when we haven’t been able to put on any productions or run the Choir. There are still costs that have to be paid, even if nothing is happening (certainly the story of 2020 sticking to COVID rules) money still goes out for rental of storage facilities, etc.
So THANK YOU each and every one of you who paid their subs last year. Now unfortunately, I have to ask you to support us again this year! If you want HAG to continue please, please renew your membership on 1st April.

February 2021 Update

I don’t think any of us were surprised to have another Lockdown.  Unfortunately we are now faced with more uncertainty regarding our productions for 2021. But, we are thinking positively and hoping upon hope that Hi-de-Hi will go ahead in June.  Bring on the vaccines! Casting and initial rehearsals may require Zooming, but we are getting more and more adept with that. Please contact us if you would like to be informed when ‘things’ happen, members will automatically be kept in the loop.

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Obviously our intended start back in January didn’t happen. Members will be notified as soon as we are able to get back on track. Meanwhile, carry on singing along to the radio or TV or maybe your vast record/tape/musical DVD collection.

We are extremely grateful to our membership for supporting us through good and bad times – without shows our funding is declining, as with most groups at the moment, so a BIG THANK YOU to our members.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our fun group in whatever capacity.  Stay safe and take care. contactus@hartleyartsgroup.com
Hartley Arts Group’ website: http://hartleyartsgroup.me.uk/ we are also on social media Twitter, Facebook etc.

January 2021 Update

Well, what will 2021 bring us?  The Hartley Arts Group is hoping that a vaccine will be rolled out very quickly, so that we can safely entertain our audiences again.  Rehearsals are on hold until we can safely meet indoors.  It is a pity we can’t form ‘a bubble’, but with so many actors required it would certainly burst!  Hi-de-Hi is dangling like a carrot and we are raring to go when safe.

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

We were hoping that the choir could start up again on January 11th, but as I write this, having the whole choir in the Jubilee Hall is looking unlikely. Rest assured the HAG Committee is trying very hard to find a solution to the challenges Covid sets us. Members will be notified as soon as we are able to get back on track. Meanwhile, I hope you still have your singing mojo and are singing along to any source of music you have.

Dare I say Happy New Year 2020 is behind us – let’s look to the future –things can only get better (now is that a cue for a song?)

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our fun group in whatever capacity.  Stay safe and take care. contactus@hartleyartsgroup.com
Hartley Arts Group’ website: http://hartleyartsgroup.me.uk/ we are also on social media Twitter, Facebook etc.

Sadly missed this year. HAG Rocks Christmas Show.

HAG Rocks! Choir and our talented HAG actors and crew are really missing The Christmas Show, which should have been this week, 4th & 5th Dec. Our annual event, which is so popular with us, and our audiences, sadly cannot take place. But we promise to be back next year, bigger and better than ever, to start off everyone’s Christmas celebrations with a joyous evening of music and laughter!

It’s such a long time since I’ve sent out an email to you and it seems an eternity since we were last together at choir rehearsal on a Monday night.  I know how much everyone has been missing our regular get-togethers, meeting one another & singing the music that we love so much. It has felt strange not to be working on new songs for you and we miss doing that too.
 
It’s such a tragedy that so much has been taken away by this ghastly virus & depriving us of such good times.
 
I hope you & your families have all managed to avoid coronavirus infection and if not, avoided complications. It’s clear that we won’t be able to start choir again until we’ve been vaccinated, so let’s hope that’s not going to be too far away. Obviously, we’ll get going as soon as we possibly can and it’s safe for everyone.
 
Do have as good a Christmas as you can in the circumstances, it’s all going to be very different this year but we have to stay safe until those vaccinations have been given.
 
Doris, Amanda & Charlie send you their love & very best wishes for Christmas & a much brighter & more normal 2021. We look forward to seeing you some time in the Spring & getting those vocal chords going again!
 





 

Keeping You Up to date

MOVING FORWARD!

The HAG committee is holding monthly meetings (via Zoom) and looking onwards to 2021, as positively as we can.

HI DE HI – HO DE HO!   

PERFORMANCES:  18th, 19th & 24th, 25th, 26th June 2021

Next June we visit Maplin’s Holidy Camp, to see what your favourite TV characters have been up to! Ted, Spike, Jeffery, Gladys, Yvonne and Barry Sturt-Hargreaves, the yellow coats and not forgetting Peggy the chalet maid, are among the great fun parts to audition for. So, If you’re re booking your holidays for next year and you want to be involved, note our show dates above and make sure you’re available!

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

In these sadly uncertain times starting in September does not seem likely, so we are pinning our hopes on January 11th 2021. Fingers crossed ! Everyone  tells us how much they are missing our Monday evenings, meeting up with friends and reaping the health benefits that singing brings us. We are continually receiving enquiries from folks wanting to join us, and we will be back – watch this space!