Newsletter May 2024

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe we have nearly made our way to the mid-point of 2024, and just hope the weather will soon recognise that. I hope you all had a lovely Bank holiday and managed to enjoy some sunshine.

May Pageant

What a fabulous time we had at the Walton May Pageant, which was a big hit and attracted many visitors. A special thank you to Lorraine with her superb organisational skills aided by excellent marketing from Claire and Eileen – not forgetting Pip as the wonderful compere. How this fab four, found the time to do props, stage design, publicity, costumes for the Gage’s spring production and then work on this amazing event, beats me!

 Amongst the stalls was the Gage Player’s Tombola stall, proving a huge draw from all ages. The stall raised £193, even more than last year and we thank all of you who donated bottles for making this amount possible. Also, thanks go to those who helped set up the gazebo and bottles on the tables, and to man the stall.  It soon became a popular stall, with many folks returning to try their luck again – thank you, Anne, Franki and Emma for such great engagement with the visitors. 

Key Updates


The Gage midsummer lunch – will be held at the ‘White Hart’ in Chipstead on Saturday 6th July at 1pm.  If you would like to join us for this ‘get together’ or if you are new and would like to get to know people in the Gage, please RSVP to our Social Secretary, Jon Laws, before 10th June,

Poetry and Prose evening

I am told that the evening went off very well and Pip sang a ditty of his own – wish I had been there to hear!

We are looking to hold more evenings over the summer, next date to be confirmed.


We have confirmed Saturday 7th September for an evening of rehearsed play readings for friends and members starting with your own picnic supper and drinks at 7pm.

An Audition Notice with read-through dates, will be going out very shortly for:

Alfred the Great and The Spanish Armanda both written and directed by Pip Rolls.

From Here to the Library by Jimmie Chinn, directed by Anne Henderson.

There are parts of different sizes and no lines to learn so do try an audition with us – if you’ve never acted before or it’s been a while, we would love to see you.


Winter production will be 28th, 29th & 30th November.   More news in the next newsletter.

Voluntary vacancy

Do you have a bit of spare time? Would you like to be a secretary in a voluntary capacity?We would love to hear from you if you do. Get in touch at

Dates for your diary

  • Poetry & Prose evening, 8pm via Zoom – date TBC
  • Saturday 6th July at 1pm for a Midsummer lunch held at the White Hart, Chipstead
  • Saturday 7th September for an evening of rehearsed play readings, with supper at 7pm, at the Riddell Hall
  • Winter production 28th, 29th and 30th November – play to be finalised.

We look forward to seeing you at the Midsummer lunch and in September for the rehearsed play readings.

Best wishes,


Chair, Gage Committee

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