Members of Wimborne Drama Club celebrated their 60th anniversay with a dinner – and special birthday cake at the Dormers Hotel on Saturday.
The club which was formed in 1928, has helped keep the town entertained every since. Their longest serving member, Mrs Thelma Dryden, joined in the late 1940s and at least one current member, publicity office Carolyn Woodward for one, is a second generation drama club member. “My parents actually met in the drama club in the 1950s” she said.
The clubs first production 60 years ago was a play called Ambrose Applejohn’s Adventures. “We thought about doing it again this year but decided it would be absolutely terrible” said Carolyn, whose husband made and iced the anniversary cakewith stage curtains and comedy and tragedy masks.
Among those at the birthday dinner were club president Sit Micheal hanham and Lady Hanham and vice-presidents Ted Henbest and Joe Brooks.
Next production will be a light comedy called Quiet Weekend in mid March. “We are trying to do as much as possible this year because it is our 60th anniversary” said Mrs Woodward. She said they would be entering Ferndown’s One Act Festival in May and presenting a charity performance in October along with a Christmas exravaganza.
At the Diamond Jubilee dinner held by Wimborne Drama Club the cake was cut by two of the longest serving members, Ted Henbest (life vice-president, left) and Thelma Dryden and president Sir Michael Hanham (right).
Thelma joined in 1959 and Ted in 1958. The dinner was held on Saturday at The Dormers Hotel, Wimborne.