Christmas is coming to Raphael Park!

This Saturday, 9 December, how about popping along to Raphael and Lodge Farm Park for the Christmas Fair? It's the first of its a kind and a lovely idea - and there will be stalls and carol singing in Raphael Park and steam train rides for the Children in Lodge Farm Park. See you there!


The Happiest Days ...

Guildonian Players’ show this week is selling out! ‘The Happiest Days of Your Life’ is set in 1948 and was made famous in the 1950 film starring Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Grenfell and Alastair Sim.  The show is the precursor to the more anarchic St Trinians films and is clearly appealing to audiences, with barely any tickets left for the Wednesday-Friday evening performances. There is some availability for the Saturday matinee and good availability for Saturday evening, so we encourage everyone to drag themselves away from the Saturday night tv and enjoy this whimsical and very funny farce in your local live theatre. Reserve seats on 01708 782118. Venue: The Little Theatre, Harold Wood Methodist Church, The Drive, Harold Wood, RM3 ODU  - 3 minutes from Harold Wood Station and buses, parking at venue in car park or on street. 8-11 November, 8pm nightly, plus 2.30pm Saturday matinee.



Spooky night with Spotlight ...

Spotlight are holding a Spooky Halloween quiz on 28 October 2017! The event takes place at Thordon Countryside Centre, Thorndon Park North, The Avenue, Warley, Brentwood CM13 4RZ. 

7.30pm for 8pm start with Fish or Chicken and Chip supper, you are invited to bring your own drinks, although Thorndon cafe will be open for hot drinks. There will be a prize for best fancy dress, a raffle, and the evening will finish at 11pm

If you would like to book tickets (£10 each) please ring Emma on 07981 320386 for preference of chicken or fish before Thursday 26th Oct - although late choices possible. A spooktacular way to help Spotlight raise funds for future productions!



Havering Singers announce new MD

Havering Singers are excited and delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jonathan Rathbone as their new MD. The choir is looking forward to producing some wonderful musical moments with Jonathan starting with their concert on 11th November


The week to catch a show

This week two of our local groups are performing plays - College Players with ‘Gaslight’ at Brentwood Theatre, and Wesley Players with ‘Trap for a Lonely Man’ at the Methodist Church Hall, Upminster. Anyone venturing further afield could see our Paul Sparrowham at Chelmsford in The Cat and and The Canary - now that’s a varied bill!


Drama Festival this week

Several Havering drama groups are competing in the long running Brentwood Catholic Theatre Club Festival this week at Brentwood Theatre. Each evening, and on Saturday afternoon, there is a varied bill of one act plays which are adjudicated at the end of each session. It's also an opportunity for local playwrights to have their work performed and this year a bumper crop of original works is on display. To see some great examples of local talent, pop along to the Brentwood Theatre from Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 September - just £10 a ticket!


Brents Awards Night Tonight

And we're off to The Brents tonight! Paul Kelly and Chrissie O’Connor will be representing Havering Arts Council at Brentwood Theatre’s 2017 Brent Awards. Several Havering groups and actors are nominated and we wish everyone good luck. We are sponsoring Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and Paul will make the presentation - on opening the magic envelope tonight … watch this space!

The Brents will be streaming on Facebook Live and tweeting too, so follow #TheBrents2017


Limited edition calendar - an ideal Christmas gift!

Full steam ahead!

Local artist Adrian Henderson has created a beautiful calendar which features a collection of his watercolour paintings of steam engines. 

Printed by the Brentwood Community Printers - the owner just happens to be a railway enthusiast - the A4 sized calendar will be available around the end of September. Priced at just £12, each calendar will be signed and numbered by the artist as a limited edition. The profits will be going to charity. The paintings are all of steam trains from the 1950's and 60's and cover a range of  locomotives with all their dirt, based on old black and white photos.

Adrian said: 

This little project started as a bit of fun. Every year I get a calendar and most are so unimpressive. So I decided to do my own mainly for my friends and family. I also used it to perfect my watercolour technique’

This is the cover and one of Adrian's favourites: Camden Bank 1957

If you would like to buy one of these lovely calendars, let us now either by commenting on our blog or emailing 


We rather like this one too: Paddington 1958



And The Peoples Favourite is

In the final award of this year's Havering Open Art Exhibition, the result of the People's Favourite is ... a dead heat! So two awards have been made, to Joyce Eade for Bumblebee, and Susan Walsh for Bathtime.

Congratulations to Joyce and to Susan, and to all the other award winners. Thanks to all those who voted for their personal favourite.

There's just one day left to see Bumblebee, Bathtime and nearly 40 other wonderful works of art in the foyer of the Queen's Theatre.


Havering Open Art Exhibition finale!

The Romford Recorder today featured the Havering Open Art Exhibition in a full page article, with photographs of some of the artists with their works, and listing the winners. After a three week run, the exhibition is now in its final days, so if you haven't seen it yet, pop along to the Queens Theatre today or tomorrow, Saturday 2 September.
PS The Peoples Choice award is to be announced this afternoon ... watch this space!


Final week of Havering Open Art Exhibition - winners announced!

And its week three of the Havering Open Art Exhibition at The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch - and some winners are announced!

Thirty nine local artists, many of them members of Havering Arts Council, have combined their talents to present a colourful exhibition over the past three weeks at Queen's Theatre. Owing to the popularity of the exhibition and the numbers participating there have been three separate displays. The final week's exhibition, which includes all of the winning pictures, will be on show at the Theatre until Saturday 2nd September.

Judged Best in Exhibition was a vibrant take on the countryside by Jill Mackness, of Collier Row. Other prize winners were Dee Spencer-Perkins for her charcoal and pastel drawing of Winston - a chicken with attitude, inspired by the actor Ray Winstone; Diana Hart with her watercolour of a kingfisher, Catch of the Day!; Yvonne Englefiled with her mixed media Autumn's Approach; and Jane Nicholas for her oil painting Fire and Ice.

Paul Kelly, Chairman of Havering Arts Council, said that the quality of the work entered into this year's Havering Open Art Exhibition has been extremely high, and the range of subject and materials have made for an excellent rolling exhibition. There is a high level of interest in the visual arts in the borough. There is yet the People's Choice Award to be judged, so get yourself along to Queens and let us know your favourite picture - every vote counts!


 by Jill Mackness

Winston - by Dee Spencer-Perkins

Catch of the Day - by Diana Hart 




Havering Art Exhibition - its week two!

Lots of people have enjoyed seeing the pictures on display during the first week of this year's art exhibition. But today the exhibition has been refreshed and there is a raft of new works to please you. To whet your appetite, here are a few:

Black Parrot Tulip by Ann Chan

Liaison in Paris by David Overland

Trees on the Horizon by Jill Mackness

There are prizes to be won and judging takes place next week. There is a special prize to be chosen by the public, so do go along and vote for your favourite picture. This week's catalogue can be viewed here - do pop along to the Queens Theatre and enjoy some of the splendid works created by our local artists. 


Havering Art Exhibition now open!

This year's art exhibition is now open! Organised by Paul Kelly, Chairman of Havering Arts Council, our 2017 exhibition has attracted a bumper seventy paintings by local artists. Due to the large number of entries and the relatively small amount of display space in the foyer of the Queens Theatre, not all the works can be shown at once, and so exhibits will rotate next week - a great reason to visit at least twice! The large number of entries is very pleasing, and the subjects diverse. They have been created using various mediums, and include a poignant view of The Towers cinema, portraits of some pop singers, and even one of Sir Mo Farah.  Do pop along and have a browse at the work of some of the talent in our borough - you may even like to make a purchase. For catalogue click here

'Man at work - Gone with The Wind' by Richard Pescod

'Bumblebee' by Joyce Eade

Some of the exhibits adorn the wall of the Coffee Shop, Queens Theatre




Havering Art Exhibition opening soon ...


This year's Art Exhibition opens on Monday 14 August and will run until Sunday 3 September in The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. It has a competitive element as it incorporates the Havering Over-60's Art Competition, plus Young Artists and Open Best in Exhibition awards categories. It's a great opportunity for Havering's talented visual artists to exhibit their works so do pop along and enjoy!




Havering Art Exhibition 2017

This year's art competition will take place with an Exhibition running from Monday 14 August to Sunday 3 September in The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. It incorporates the Havering Over-60's Art Competition, plus Young Artists and Open Best in Exhibition awards categories. It's a great opportunity for Havering's talented visual artists to exhibit their works so pop along and enjoy!


Havering Singers welcome new members!

Havering Singers is open to all who enjoy singing, whatever their musical experience, so if you are looking for a friendly choir and the opportunity to make music, please come and join them. You will be made very welcome. Havering Singers are currently looking for new voices in all sections.


E-mail for further information



Fiddler on the Roof is coming!

Havering Music Makers' summer 2017 production is the incredible 'Fiddler On The Roof', at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch this month from 

20th - 22nd July
(Evenings 7.30pm plus 
Saturday Matinee 2.30pm)

Tickets available from the Queen's Theatre box office on 01708 443333

The production team for Fiddler On The Roof is: 
Director: Jason Markham,
Musical Director: Simon Gray,
Choreographer: Gemma Marks,

Book by Joseph Stein - Music by Jerry Bock - Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick


HAC Drama Festival Gala Night - party at Langtons!

A great night was enjoyed by all at Havering Drama Festival's Gala Night (13 July, 2017). Adjudicator Jan Palmer-Sayer of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators gave a lively and entertaining resume of the productions involved, before announcing the nominations and awards. The drama festival, which runs alongside the Havering Arts Festival,  this year featured seven plays which took place between April and July. The Deputy Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, and Chairman of Havering Arts Council, Paul Kelly presented the trophies and certificates in a warm party atmosphere. As the evening progressed, the excitement mounted, and the overall winning show was Roxy Krasner and the Case of the Pink Belle, produced by College Players and directed by Nick Wilkes, who also won the award for Best Director.  For a full list of results see here.

Adjudicator Jan Palmer-Sayer
Adjudicator Jan Palmer-Sayer announces the drama festival awards at Gala Night at Langtons



Drama awards tonight!

Havering's drama scene is buzzing - and tonight at Langtons is Gala Night, celebrating the 2017 Havering Drama Festival - and featuring the all important awards ceremony! Who are the nominees and winners? More news tonight ... watch our blog ....


Festival of one act plays is coming! - BCTC

This year’s festival of one act plays, run by Brentwood Catholic Theatre Club,  takes place at Brentwood Theatre in September and will be adjudicated by Anne Beaney. Performance sessions are scheduled for:


Wednesday 20 September starting at 7.30pm

Thursday 21 September starting at 7.30pm

Friday 22 September starting at 7.30pm

Saturday 23 September starting at 2.30 and 7.30pm


Lots of our local groups are taking part, so why not pop along and give them some support. 

For more information see the Brentwood Catholic Theatre Club website




Havering Drama Festival 2017

Our annual peripatetic festival of full length plays has been running since April, with seven groups taking part. The final entry, Romford Summer Theatre's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is in its second week and marks the last of this season's productions. The plays taking part were The Vicar of Dibley (New Venture), Roxy Krasner (College), Prescription for Murder (Wesley) Oh Carol (Ad Hoc), The Momologues (Spotlight), Ladies' Day (Guildonians) and The Dream.

Festival Gala Night takes place on Thursday 13 July at Langtons, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, at 8pm when Adjudicator Jan Palmer Sayer will preside over the award ceremony and MC Vernon Keeble-Watson will orchestrate the celebrations.

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