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The curtain falls on a wonderful Suburb institution                                                              Suburb playwright

      After 28 amazing years The    As a result, this proved to be   tickets almost always were   Finally and most importantly,   at the Park Theatre
      Hampstead  Garden  Suburb  a  boon for many older, and   snapped  up  very  fast.  An   a huge ‘Thank You’ and great
      Theatre  Club has sadly  had to   sometimes  frailer,  Suburb  eclectic mix of productions was   credit must go to the committee
      call ‘Finale’ but can look back   members giving them the   offered over the year, dramas,  who  have  worked  extremely
      on having made possible regular   opportunity to go to the theatre,  comedies  and musicals but in   hard over the years to make this                          MATTHEW HOUSE
      theatre outings to the top West   which  they  would  rarely  have   December there was always a   all possible. One or two of them
      End theatres and elsewhere   been able to do, if at all. In fact   popular Musical Show on offer.   have been members almost
      around London for countless   many members have said the   Also, in the summer, the   from the first days. They are Sue
      retired Suburb members.    club was the highlight of their   committee organised an extra   Aldous,  Barbara Bliss, Valerie
         From 19 September 1989,   month, enabling them to get   treat…  a full  day outing into   Codron, Sue Cookson, Madeleine
      when its first outing was to the   out and see first class theatrical   the countryside to a theatre   Melling, and Elaine Grays. They
      Lyric Hammersmith Theatre to   productions and an almost   outside London which would   have brought untold pleasure,
      see ‘Prin’ with Sheila Hancock   door-to-door service.  always  include  a  luncheon,  a   culture,  stimulation  and
      for the princely sum of £12, it   The Club has about 150   wonderful matinee production   camaraderie to all the Theatre
      has organised monthly visits   members and with partners,  and afternoon tea! This final   Club members and as the
      and a coach from Central   over 200 and there was always a   year it was ‘A Little Night Music’  metaphorical curtain falls, we
      Square and Temple Fortune, to   waiting list for membership. If   by Stephen Sondheim at the   will share with them, many
      take and bring home its patrons.   members moved out of the   Watermill Theatre in Newbury,  very happy memories.
      Its informal motto became ‘The   Suburb, they still wanted to   Berkshire. Quite outstanding   By a very grateful patron!
      Club that collects and delivers’!  belong  to the theatre club, so   and all for the price of £60!  HELEN NAFTALIN

                                                                                                                 (Left to right) Natasha Bain, Susannah Doyle, Gary Webster.
                                                                                                                 Celebrated Suburb resident, former   her marriage and eventually
                                                                                                                 psychotherapist and playwright   her life.
                                                                                                                 Matthew Campling’s 10th play,   Susannah Doyle, well-known
                                                                                                                 The Secondary Victim, runs at   from TV and film (Drop the Dead
                                                                                                                 the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park   Donkey, About a Boy) plays Ali.
                                                                                                                 from November 14 to December 9.  Her  husband  is  TV  ‘hard  man’
                                                                                                                    Ali, who is married, is a well   Gary Webster (Minder, Family
                                                                                                                 respected therapist, until a former   Affairs, EastEnders). Supported
                                                                                                                 client,  a  troubled  young  man,  by a stunning cast of rising
                                                                                                                 makes allegations of sexual   younger  actors,  The  Secondary
                                                                                                                 misconduct against her. The   Victim is a highly original take
                                                                                                                 process of an ethical complaint   on today’s blame culture, where
                                                                                                                 is known to be so distressing to   as Ali asks ‘What’s happened to
                                                                                                                 the therapist that they are   forgiveness? Nowadays people
                                                                                                                 termed ‘the secondary victim’.  seem to be always looking for
                                                                                                                    We see the progress of the   someone to punish’. Book at
                                                                                                                 complaint, which culminates in   The Park theatre, website: www.
                                                                                                                 an on-stage professional conduct
                                                                                                                 inquiry. Who is telling the   Some readers might remember
                                                                                                                 truth? And is it the whole truth?   Matthew’s name as he featured,
                                                                                                                 And when Ali’s whole life comes   with a mention of one of his books,
                                                                                                                 apart, can she escape becoming   in the Spring 2015 issue of
                                                                                                                 the secondary victim? She finds   Suburb News.
                                                                                                                 herself fighting for her reputation,     TERRY BROOKS

             Return of the Sunday Tea Dance                                                                What is HGS Art?

      Fun afternoons of smooth, modern                                                About  18 months ago Suburb   2017 at Fellowship House.  Valerie Cowan, Social Secretary,
      jiving  dancing with a  party                                                   artists, including photographers,    We were absolutely delighted   for tickets
      theme and yummy cakes start                                                     sculptors, jewellery makers, glass   by the response to the Art Fair at   or telephone 020 8458 4508.
      locally in November, with men                                                   and fabric designers, were invited   Fellowship House, which included   You can join HGS Art for just
      likely to be in strong demand.                                                  to join a group. The idea was to   a  very successful Children’s   £25 annual membership. Visit
         The new monthly Sunday                                                       exhibit their work and to offer   Workshop, sponsored by Cass Art. for details or
      tea dances will follow previously                                               members lectures and social events   Several artists sold their work   contact Mary Davis, Membership
      successful events hosted by                                                     within the Suburb. It is also a   and Combat Stress provided tea,  Secretary, on maryd5@hotmail.
      local  teacher  William  Comet,                                                 forum to exchange ideas, meet   coffee and cakes. Over £800 was   com,  8458  6556.  Also  you  can
      and offer a fresh, fun, accessible                                              other artists, encourage children’s   raised for this worthy charity.  follow us on facebook@hgsart
      and safe opportunity to keep fit,                                               art and make new friends.   The sun shone on a truly   and twitter@hgsart1.
      learn new skills, meet people                                                      A steering committee was   inspirational community event.   You don’t have to be an artist.
      and boost energy levels as the                                                  formed and over 50 artists, with   The next Art Fair will be 14/15   We are looking for members who
      nights draw in.                                                                 an array of extraordinary talent,   April 2018 at Fellowship House.  can help organise events such as
         However, while ladies are                                                    signed up.                    On Thursday 30 November   the Art Fair or help with publicity
      usually the first to register for                                                  A logo was designed and a   at 7.30 pm HGS Art will hold its   and PR. We look forward to
      these events, the gentlemen are                                                 website set up, along with other   first  AGM at Fellowship  House.  having you in HGS Art.
      often a little shy. “We know                                                    social media. Leaflets and a   It will be followed by a wine      DIANA BRAHAMS
      from  research  that  men  often                                                banner were produced and our   tasting at 8pm, open to non-             Rain Drop
      find partnered dancing difficult                                                first Art Fair took place in April   members for £3. Please apply to   by Mary Davis
      and are easily embarrassed,”
      says William, 51, “so we aim to   private classes recently for local   Hall in  Northway NW11, for
      make it as relaxing and    residents, and taught brides and   adults and supervised teenagers.
      accessible as possible. The most   grooms for their wedding dances   There will be a beginner’s
      important thing is that dancing   and these were well received, too,  class from about 2.30pm for
      should bring a smile to your   so we hope that locals will enjoy   about half an hour, followed by
      face and to your soul. We use a   these Sunday tea dances, too.”   freestyle partnered modern jive
      proven, safe, low-impact format   To help  encourage that   dancing until carriages arrive at
      that enables our guests to dance   relaxed atmosphere, there will   around 5.45pm. William says
      with a variety of people, if they   also be tasty cake, snacks and,  his aim is to share his love of
      want to, and to feel comfortable.”   for those watching their waist-  this kind of partnered dancing,
         “Earlier this year, we ran our   lines, fruit and tea on offer. The   which has helped him stay fit
      evening Jive Dance Party on   first of the Sunday tea dances   despite long term back and
      New Year’s Day, which was well   will take place on Sunday 26   knee pain.  He adds: “The
      received. We also ran some   November at the Free Church   dances are low-impact and low
                                                            risk, so if you can walk
                                                            reasonably briskly to your local
             P R HARTLEY                                    post box then you can probably
                                                            handle this dance quite easily
                                                            and you can make it as hard or               Hampstead Garden Suburbtead Garden Suburb
         CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT                               as easy as you want. And you
                                                                                         Come and meet your two local vets,ome and meet your two local vets,
           & REGISTERED AUDITOR                             can bring friends, partners or   C
                                                            come alone. Even people with
         Accounting & Taxation Services                     two left are welcome.”                    Jeremy and Sarah
                                                              To register your interest, for       22-24 The Market Place, Falloden Way,
                                                            other dates in December 2017,       Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6JJ
           Call 020 8731 9745 or 07850 634395               January and February 2018 and
               Email                   to avoid disappointment, please   Tel: 0208 201 9331 • Email:
                               visit for   Open Mon–Fri: 8.30am–7.00pm, Sat: 9.00am–10.00am
                                                            more information about the tea
                                                            dances and for private classes.
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