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chairman and the secretary have changed Seated (left) retiring drama group chairman, Mike Dixon and new chairman Nayfe Christopher. Standing (left) retiring secretary Steph Wilkinson and new secretary Alli Jones-Christopher.


Twenty productions, nearly £7,500 raised for local and national causes and charities and a healthy bank balance.

That’s part of the record enjoyed by Warkworth Drama Group during the seven year stint of its retiring chairman, Mike Dixon.

At the group’s recent annual meeting, February 2013, Mike formally handed over the reins of office to his successor, Nayfe Christopher.

Reflecting on his period of chairmanship Mike said: “I’m particularly proud of the fact that the 20 productions have ranged over several genres from serious dramas such as ‘Shadowlands’, comedies including ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ and ‘The Odd Couple’ to revues and, of course, our ever-successful annual pantomimes.

“Invariably the productions have played to full houses and have yielded healthy profits.”

Much of  money generated by the plays, pantos and revues – several of which were written by group members – had been used to improve facilities at the group’s Memorial Hall base including new scenery flats, upgraded lighting equipment, stage extension and better costume storage systems.

And from its income and money raised from raffles, £7417 had been donated to help local community activities and charities including Amble Youth Project, the Warkworth Christmas lights, the Pelican village newsletter, Hospice Care North Northumberland, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Macmillan Cancer Support and Warkworth Youth Club.

Said Mike: “In stepping down as chairman, I am certainly not disengaging from the group. However, after seven years, I feel it is time to hand over to a new leader with new ideas.”

The group thanked Mike for his service and that of retiring secretary, Steph Wilkinson.

The new secretary is Alli Jones-Christopher.

We wish Alli and Nayfe all the best for the forthcoming years ahead.