2016 Something For Everyone Quiz Night

A warm and enthusiastic crowd gathered around 10 packed tables on the Nomad Theatre stage for the 2016 quiz night, and included a good number of people who were newcomers to the theatre.

“The Arnolds” had written and delivered a truly inclusive quiz, which provided “Something for Everyone”. As well as general knowledge, observation and whacky numbers rounds, sensory rounds required teams to use touch and feel to identify objects in boxes, and keen listening was required to recognise noises made by everyday objects. Knowledge of Play In A Week was an advantage to many of our participants and volunteer helpers, and a great time was had by all.

Special thanks must go to Richard from ‘Arty Tarty Foods’ for giving up his time to come and cook a fresh hot meal for everyone. Thanks also to a local  BUPA Care home for generously providing a lovely selection of deserts, and also to the ‘Company of Cooks’ for donating all the bread and salads.

Numbers are still being finalised, but we look to have raised a good £800+ for Play In A Week from this event, and the bar takings were very high too, helping to boost the Green Room’s coffers as well as the volume of noise and heckling during the second half!

Our thanks again to everyone who came along and supported this fun event, who bought a raffle ticket or two and also donated raffle prizes.

We hope you enjoyed a thoroughly good evening and we look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Many thanks to Sue Lee, Gavin Sadler, and others for these photos from this fun evening.

2015 Waitrose Richmond

Waitrose in Richmond kindly included us in their “Community Matters” scheme in the busy month of December.

After they counted the green tokens in the collection bin we received the great fundraising news from them that our share of the £1000 total was a brilliant £310!

As well as a huge ‘thank you’ to  Waitrose and their “Community Matters” scheme, thanks must also go to everyone who has collected the green tokens which we dropped into the PIAW side of the collection box in store. Also, thanks go to the members of the general public who have visited Waitrose in Richmond and have put their token(s) into the PIAW collection box.

Guess the name of the Polar Bear

Two of our generous supporters very kindly donated a four foot high, brand new, cuddly Polar Bear for us to use in our fundraising efforts.

With the permission of the Panto’s Director, we were able to hold a “Guess the Name of the Bear” competition during the Cinderella run at the Nomad Theatre.

We took the bear, and our information board, to every performance of the superbly funny show, and spent time selling ‘names’ and chatting with people about Play In A Week. The level of interest shown by the general public was very positive and lots of people stopped to talk and find out more about our production as well as entering the competition. Along with the one-off mystery raffle which we ran for the sold-out Saturday matinee, we raised just over £160!

At the end of the final performance the “name envelope” was opened to reveal the name of the bear as ALGERNON! Unfortunately the happy winner decided that she didn’t have enough room to offer him a ‘forever home’. The next person on the randomly chosen list of entrants generously decided to donate him on to the Royal Marsden Hospital. He arrived at his new home in early January and has joined their fundraising team!!

2015 Racenight


In November we held a very successful Racenight.

The 8 races were all sponsored by local businesses. Our grateful thanks to: Russell & Co, Horsley Wine, F Conisbee and Son, Budgens, Bell and Colvill, Wills and Smerdon, Delphinium Bookkeeping and Accounting Service and a mystery sponsor!

Amongst lots of shouting and cheering there was some generous horse purchasing, and lots of betting on the tote. A lovely hot supper was provided by Arty Tarty Foods, and winners and losers were all laughing and smiling as the evening drew to a close.

Thanks again to all the sponsors and supporters, and to all those who came along and enjoyed this fun evening. Special thanks to the volunteer crew who organised and ran the show, did a sterling job of commentary, and ensured that all bets were safely placed and cash taken before each race began!


2015 The Grange Has Got Talent!

After the success of the 2014 event, The Grange in Bookham held another talent show in June 2015, sharing the proceeds once again with Play In A Week.

The event was very successful, with lots of performers clearly putting a lot of time, thought and energy into their acts.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment and everyone had a great evening.

Congratulations and thanks to all the performers who took part and help to raise money.  Thank you as well to all those who bought tickets, and supported the event so generously.

2015 Waitrose Cobham

In June 2015, we were lucky enough to be selected by the Cobham branch of Waitrose as part of their Community Matters scheme for the month.

The magic green tokens were collected and put into our box in the store by lots of our supporters. Thanks to everyone who helped with this.

Helen & Geoff Arnold went along to pick up the donation cheque from the Waitrose team.

2015 Cake and Plant Sale

This year’s cake and plant sale in Worthing was another fantastically successful day.

As fast as the delicious homemade cakes and biscuits were laid out they were snapped up by the ever hungry crowd. Many cups of tea passed the lips of the visitors as they relaxed in the good weather and tried to decide which of the many plants on sale would look best in their gardens. There was a continuous supply of new plants as lots of the visitors brought plant donations with them and treated the event more like a “bring and buy”. Thanks to everyone who contributed that way too.

Many thanks go to Joslyn and Kim Arnold and their army of enthusiastic helpers for running a fantastic, fun and fabulous fundraising day which put hundreds of pounds in the Play In A Week pot!

2014 The Grange Has Got Talent!

June 2014 saw an amazing talent show being held at The Grange in Bookham, supporting Play In A Week.

A number of our regular participants live at, or use services at, The Grange, and so it was great to see them actively helping to raise money.  The audience were highly entertained with songs, dance routines, instrumental and magic acts! There was joyful cheering and lots of arm-waving and even some dancing in the aisles!

Congratulations and thanks to all the performers, who had obviously put in a lot of thought and practice into their performances.  Thanks also to the volunteers who helped behind the scenes with ticketing and with the raffle and drinks. 

This is a link to The Grange’s Facebook album of photos from this event.

2014 Cake and Plant Sale

There was glorious sunshine all afternoon in Worthing for the June cake and plant sale day.

Joslyn and Kim Arnold and their amazing team of helpers worked really hard leading up to this event by baking and decorating cakes and flapjack, and growing plants over several months to sell in aid of Play In A Week.

The people who came along and generously supported us by eating and buying all the produce also needed their sun cream, and a fabulous time was had by all.  A substantial donation to Play In A Week was the reward for all the hard work, and the generosity of the Worthing community!  Massive thanks to everyone involved.