Friends of Shanklin Theatre

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News Archive

Theatre wins Certificate of Excellence for 3rd year in a row

June, 2017

Anthony Wood, Shanklin Theatre Community Trust & Shanklin Theatre Secretary today announced that Shanklin Theatre had received the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.


Generous donation from GKN

August, 2017

GKN Donation
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The wonderful people from the GKN Aerospace Employees Charity Fund have very kindly donated £1000 towards our replacement 'Legs' on our theatre stage. The Legs are large pieces of cloth that are designed to mask backstage areas of a theatre from spectators.


Meeting Martin

May, 2017

Martin Kemp, Mark & Kathryn Grimes,
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In April this year, we received a message from Kathryn Grimes who was instrumental in setting up the Wight Brainy Bunch Charity Organisation. Kathryn set up the charity following her husband's diagnosis of a brain tumour back in 2015. The charity is designed to provide support for Isle of Wight families affected by brain tumours.



April, 2017

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Dear Friends, please find details of our 2017 AGM on the 24th April. The start time is 7.30pm and doors open at 7.00pm. FOST members are welcome and will be encouraged to vote on the night.


Ivan Needham Memorial Plaque

March, 2017

Ivan Needham Memorial Plaque
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Following on from all the donations made during & after the funeral service of the late Ivan Needham, a special commemorative Blue Plaque has been commissioned, and has been affixed to the theatre’s wall.


Theatre wins 'Highly Commended' award

December, 2016

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We are very pleased to announce, that Shanklin Theatre won the ‘Highly Commended Award’ in the Business Investment category, as sponsored by the IW County Press at a glitzy evening with Fred Dinage and Chamber of Commerce President, Geoff Underwood.


2016 Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence

November, 2016

Isle of Wight Chamber Of Commerce Awards
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The theatre has been nominated in two categories for this year's awards. The shortlist celebrates the best in Island business and reflects a wide range of sectors and companies of every size, from start-ups to international businesses. The awards will be presented on Friday December 2nd at Cowes Yacht Haven and hosted by TV’s Fred Dinenage. Read more...

Shanklin Town Council donates £4000 for Shanklin Theatre window repairs

October, 2016

Shanklin Town Council Donation
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In recognition of the increasing benefits Shanklin Theatre brings to Shanklin, the Town Council has very kindly donated £4000 to pay for ongoing repairs to the Theatre's windows, which have lasted well but are in need of serious overhaul.


Two Times a Winner

September, 2016

Rotary Club
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Mr Terence Sedman is a very lucky man indeed! He has just won £250 First Prize in the Shanklin Theatre’s Lottery Draw for a second time; he previously won in June this year.

Mr Sedman of Newport IOW is a regular to the theatre, & tells us that he bought rather a lot of £1 tickets at the shows, Best of the West End and the Roy Hudd performance. He added, “I didn’t expect to win, I just want to support the theatre, I will be buying tickets for the next prize draw on November 5th,”


Wonderful letter from Janet Sandys-nee-Derry

August, 2016

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It was the summer season of 1956; Shanklin Theatre was home to Barry O’Brien’s repertory company “The Shanklin Theatre Company” presenting a season of West End play successes and offering a different play each week.

Among the cast was a young twenty one year old Janet Derry, Janet has just returned home from holidaying on the Island and has written a lovely letter of thanks to the friends of the theatre. Read more...

Shanklin Theatre External Defibrillator

August, 2016

New Defibrilator
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The Friends of Shanklin Theatre became one of the first to install a public Defibrillator in the Shanklin area back in 2014, and last year it was put to good use when it saved the life of John Howard.

For the first two years it had been held at the Light and Sound Desk in the main theatre auditorium and in the summer of 2015 was fetched and taken to the Old Village following the collapse of John... Read more...

Rotary Club of Shanklin Sponsor Theatre Window Restoration

August, 2016

Rotary Club
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Thanks to the generous donation of £4000 by the Rotary Club of Shanklin, Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust is able to continue with the long overdue restoration of the Theatre's windows.

Installed over 80 years ago the windows are now in need of total overhaul and repair.


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Shanklin Theatre Canopy Restoration

July, 2016

New Canopy
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Recent visitors to the Theatre can't fail to have noticed the scaffold erected on the front of the building. The purpose of this is to allow access to the canopy above the entrance for inspection and repair.

The canopy is composed of strong steel joists which have corroded, requiring the corroded sections to be cut out and new sections welded into place.. Read more...

Shanklin Theatre receives its 2nd fully restored window replacement

June, 2016

Window Appeal
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Thanks once again to kind and generous donations, a second theatre steel window has been removed, repaired and reinstalled.

With two windows installed, we plan to start another window soon, concentrating on a location that is very visible to visitors and so continuing to enhance the appearance of our lovely theatre. Read more...

Award For Excellence

June, 2016

We are very proud to announce that Shanklin Theatre have been awarded the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate for Excellence. See details in this link

Friends of Shanklin Theatre Support Fund
Better known as 'The Bucket Collection'

June, 2016

The Bucket Collection

An update on our Bucket Collection initiative from Alana (pictured).

"I am pleased to report on another great year for the Bucket collection and would like to pass on a huge thank you to all those who so kindly donated to our buckets this year.

The Bucket collection total for the year ending in April 2016, as announced at the FOST AGM, was £20,471.21. This is only for eleven months as we were closed for maintenance and repairs in January.

Since we started the Bucket collection back in June 2011 we have now reached a massive £88,970.00!!

All the money raised is put to good use, but even more is still needed for future projects such as replacing the theatre windows and repairing the external canopy above the foyer steps etc.

Our new target is now £100,000, so we will be there at all the shows with our buckets at the ready!!! "

Stage gets a new cover after 30 years

January, 2016

Watch Chris and team re-cover & paint the stage.

Friends donate difibrillator

April, 2014

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre have donated and installed a Defibrillator for the Theatre.

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