CLOKS NEWSLETTER- OCTOBER 2021
We are back! Up and running and raring to go! It is great to be rehearsing as one large group and everyone is embracing the Christmas show with enthusiasm and excitement. We would like to welcome our new members: Amira, Milly, Jemima and Ronnie. They have all fitted in perfectly and hopefully already feel like part of the team. It is always daunting coming into an established group and also quite scary returning after a summer break, even if you are already part of the society- so well done everyone!
Rehearsals are going very well, everyone is working hard and we are all having Lots of fun. Our Christmas show this year is called ‘When Sasha Got Swept Up the Chimney’ and as usual, we will be performing in Combe St Nicholas Church on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December (with a dress rehearsal on the 9th).
It seems like a long time away but the weeks fly by at an alarming rate so it is vital that everyone attends as many rehearsals as possible. We don’t have much time to go back over things this term so a missed rehearsal means that people get behind. It also makes it tricky for those who are there.
That said, I do realise that people do have to miss a week from time to time. If you cannot make a rehearsal then please contact me beforehand and let me know. You can do this by text/messenger on 07743238805 , via email at email@example.com or by leaving a message on the CLOKS Facebook page.
A rehearsal schedule is included with this newsletter but there will also be a copy on our website www.cloks.org.uk
CARNIVAL- Saturday 9th October 7.30pm– Please refer to your ‘Carnival letter’ for details.
CLOKS AGM– Saturday 20th November- 1pm –Crowshute House- ALL welcome
MINCE PIES AND RAFFLE PRIZES- As with previous years we are asking each family to donate one box of mince pies and a raffle prize for the Christmas show. These can be bought in from now and we will store them. Thank you.
2022 SHOW– Thursday 30th June- Saturday 2nd July- (in addition to our usual Saturdays there will be extra/dress rehearsals on- Sunday 19th June, Sunday 26th June, Tuesday 28th June, Wednesday 29th June)
Next year we will be performing ‘Aladdin’ on the above dates in The Guild Hall, Chard. This will be our first big show since The Railway Children and we can’t wait!
We will be holding an auditions/ workshop early in January. Audition pieces will be available before the Christmas show.
COLLECTING CHILDREN– Unless you have given specific instructions for your child to be able to walk home, please can you come into the building or stand just outside to collect your child at the end of a rehearsal. With so many cars in the carpark it is not ideal for the children to be running around unsupervised.
Best Wishes- Maria and the CLOKS team. X
CLOKS AGM– Please note the date of the CLOKS AGM has changed to Saturday 20th Nov.
12.30 (after the rehearsal) All welcome.
SATURDAY 27th NOV– We have been asked to sing in town on this day during our rehearsal
(12pm for about 15 minutes)
, please wear your CLOKS t- shirts and black trousers.
EXTENDED REHEARSAL– Just to remind you all that on Saturday 4th Dec we will be having
A longer rehearsal in Combe Church -from 9.30-2.30pm
Please bring a packed lunch and drink
DRESS REHEARSAL– There will also be an evening dress rehearsal on Thursday 9th Dec as
Per your schedule (There is a copy on the CLOKS website)
MINCE PIES/RAFFLE PRIZES– We are asking each family for one raffle prize and one box
Of mince pies… Thank you….
RAFFLE CO-ORDINATOR/CHAPERONES/HELP WITH REFRESHMENTS– We are in desperate need of people to help with the above. Please contact me if you are able to help.
GETTING INVOLVED WITH CLOKS
I understand that this is a difficult one, especially at the moment,t but moving forward we will be in great need of parents, friends etc. becoming more involved and helping especially during show week and on our committee. A lot of the existing committee is made up of parents of children who have moved on. They are there because they love CLOKS and it has made a real difference to the lives of their children. We have youngsters who are in their mid twenties who still talk fondly of their CLOKS days/shows and friendships have been forged and continue to thrive from their time together. None of this would have been able to take place without a strong team of people willing to give up their time to help. We are incredibly lucky to have a great production team who give us great lighting, sound, props etc. but we will soon need new committee members,general helpers, front of house volunteers and chaperones during show week. Without any of the above CLOKS will simply fizzle out as the existing people hang up their hats. Please, please have a good think about this and if you want to see CLOKS continue then new people are going to have to come forward.
We held a lovely get together and informal evening back along so everyone could come along and see what CLOKS is all about, sadly another event like this is simply not going to be possible at the moment but if you are interested in becoming more involved then please just get in touch. We have such fun and we really are a big happy family. We all support each other and are totally united by wanting to reach out to help not only our own children but children from all ages and backgrounds. CLOKS has helped so many children to improve their confidence and self esteem, work as a team and of course get the thrill of being able to perform under the lights and immerse themselves in a world of total magic. Come and join our crazy team and I promise you won’t regret it.
With very best wishes from me and all the CLOKS team.