St Nicolas Players in Spalding are awarded charity status
A Spalding amateur dramatic company is celebrating after being awarded charity status.
The St Nicolas Players, formed in 1967, are thrilled that their application to the Charity Commission was successful and hope that it will open many more doors for the team.
Martin Tyrrell, committee member and director of current production The Haunting of Hill House, said: "We are all delighted to get charitable status. This will help our fundraising efforts, as any donation will now qualify for Gift Aid (which we can back date three years).
"Being a charity also opens doors to other things, such as applying for funding, should we want to promote extra projects in the community. It even helps us to get our publicity out on certain notice boards that will only accept posters from charities.
"On the more prosaic side, it also simplifies things such as leasing our rehearsal premises, as we can now lease as a charity, rather than having to place that burden upon individuals within the committee."
The Players' Music Hall section regularly visits care homes to perform, as well as local fetes and events. Its new brass band, St Nicolas Brass, was formed specially for its performance ofBrassed Off last October - and has continued as a band since the show.
It offers the opportunities for brass players, both old and new, to turn up and practice with them, without obligation, and will play several concerts over the Christmas period.
One of the aims of the Players is to provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in different aspects of theatre and build people's confidence.
Kelly Greengrass-Smith, of Spalding, said: “I joined because I wanted to meet new friends and to try something new out of my comfort zone."
While under no pressure to take part, she eventually plucked up the confidence to go for a bit part in the Easter production The Vigil.