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29 December 2016
Reading Room December Newsletter

Happy New Year from Neasham Reading Room

After a busy autumn season, the Reading Room Committee and our volunteers were ready to take a well-earned rest over the Christmas and New Year Period.

In October, following a successful talk by Chris Lloyd on the history of Paton and Baldwins, we closed our doors for just over a month to install a new kitchen and decorate the main hall. Feedback on our new look has been excellent and we have more work planned in the Spring to include external painting and refurbishing the gents’ toilets. 

In November, we hosted our first Rural Arts performance - Louise Jordan in ‘No petticoats Here.’ This was a superb evening, with great feedback from those present, as well as an excellent review by Folk Radio, both on the performance and the Reading Room itself, which was described in such terms as ‘exemplary, generous and immaculate.’ To read the full review visit http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2016/12/louise-jordan-neasham-reading-room-darlington/ 

A successful Christmas Wreath Making Shop hosted by Clarey Wrightson started our Christmas Programme and was sold out. The ever popular Christmas Dance followed on December 10th, when 60 residents partied till midnight to the music of Eric Miller and Friends and to end the year the Christmas Coffee Morning held last Saturday was our most successful to date. 

All in all, it has been an exceptional year for us in terms of the grant funding we have received as well as our own fund raising from the various events we have held throughout the year. Many thanks to you all for your continuing to support.

Our next planned event is Police Copsanother Rural Arts performance on Saturday 11thMarch 2017. A comedy play by Pretend Men, it has received rave reviews and was Winner of ‘THE STAGE Award for Best Ensemble 2015’, ‘Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2015’ and ‘The PULSE Festival Suitcase Award 2015.’ Tickets are £8 each, (£6 Concessions) and can be obtained from the Rural Arts website or email neashamreadingroom@btinternet.com  

Alternatively contact Pam Dunn 07809 410298 or Tina Murray 07907 469065