A Royal surprise was received by Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society (CSODS) Nicholas Jones, a volunteer stage crew member wrote to the Duchess of York telling her about the £2,200 that the society had raised for their chosen charity this year ‘The Motor Neurone Disease Association’
He also told her about the forthcoming Vicar of Dibley production. The duchess responded with two hand-written letters wishing the society luck together with a photograph and a tin of shortbread.
Ruth Elliot, the director was delighted with the generosity of the duchess of York who is a patron of the charity, she added “I’m so pleased for Nick and also for the crew and cast of the Vicar of Dibley production”
Money is raised annually for a chosen charity via buckets at the shows CSODS puts on in May at the award winning Cromer Pavilion at the end of the pier. It also donates over £700 to comic relief from it’s license money.
The Vicar of Dibley is a BBC television sitcom created by Richard Curtis and written for actress Dawn French by Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, with contributions from Kit Hesketh-Harvey. It aired from 1994 to 2007.
The Vicar of Dibley was set in a fictional small Oxfordshire village called Dibley, which is assigned a female vicar following the 1992 changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women.
The main character was an invention of Richard Curtis, but he and Dawn French extensively consulted the Revd Joy Carroll, one of the first female priests, and garnered many character traits and much information.
The Vicar of Dibley at the Sheringham Little Theatre will feature local cast and will run from February 23-27.