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WEST MIDLANDS NODA AWARDS NOMMINATION 2019

 

This year the society's production of "The Pirates of Penzannce" was nominted in the "Best Musical Production" category. We were also delighted to have been asked to provide the entertainment during the ceremony at Stourbridge Town Hall. We throughly enjoyed putting on our glad rags and revisiting some of the numbers from "The Best of Westend and Broadway" and taking PODS on tour!

 

NODA LONG SERVICE AWARDS - APRIL 2019

 

During our AGM on the 3rd of April 2019, twelve of our Society members recieved long service awards which were presented by our local NODA representative Bruce Wyatt. The awards were as follows:


  • 50 Years: Judy Megarry
  • 30 Years: Pauline Barrow, Maxine Cook, June Lloyd, Stuart Megarry, Sandie Scott, Tessa Sheehy, Maurice Sherwood, Mick Sherwood and Sally Steadman.
  • 25 Years: David Hemming
  • 15 Years: Steven Miller


 

PODS TURNS 30 - JANUARY 2019

 

On the 27th January the society turned 30 years old. Members, former members and supporters enjoyed a celebration event at Number 8 to mark the special occasion. We enjoyed a look back at footage from previous shows and a trip down memory lane by gathering a plethora of show memorobilia from the past 30 year. The evening finished with drinks and a disco.

 

ANNUAL MEMORIAL SKITTLES EVENT - 2018


The society had a very enjoyable evening out playing skittles at Pershore Sports Club on the 7th April to compete for the Andrew Clasen memorial cup. Nick Cosnett was the winner. Well done to Lucy Miller who won the killer round. Great night! Looking forward to next year!


NODA COMMENDTION MEDAL - APRIL 2018

 

At our 2018 AGM on the evening of the 4th of April our fantastic rehearsal pianist and orchestra stalwart Brian Giles was awarded a NODA Commendation Medal for 20 years of service with Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society. He received a standing ovation from the company. Well done Brian you are a well loved member of the PODS family!

 

WEST MIDLANDS NODA AWARDS NOMMINATION 2018

 

The society's production Jack and the Beanstalk was nominated for the NODA West Midlands "Best Pantomime Production" award.  

 

REMEMBERING ROGER HEWITSON - JUNE 2018

 

PODS mourns the loss of our wonderful supporter and friend, Roger Hewitson, who passed away at his home.

 

We sent sincere condolences to Roger's wife and family.

 

We will miss Roger enormously, yet treasure memories of his years of tremendous service to PODS.

 

Roger was literally born into theatre and it remained a significant part of his life. His grandfather built and managed several Birmingham theatres and, from the tender age of ten, Roger was already helping to make scenery and back cloths for theatrical groups. Roger formed Quinton Light Operatic Society in 1967, performing his beloved G&S productions.

 

On moving to the Pershore area in 1998, Roger joined PODS from when we've had the good fortune to benefit in so many ways from his versatile skills and talents. In addition to being a fine bass singer and actor in our productions, Roger was a Committee member and Officer - our membership Secretary. He also turned his skilled hands variously to set design, construction, producer and stage manager tasks. A regular helper at Get-ins and Get-outs, Roger also kindly manned the Number 8 box office enabling cast ticket sales during Wednesday rehearsals but, most of all, was always around with a cheery smile, an encouraging word and can-do attitude.


During our 2015 AGM, we were thrilled to see Roger's qualities and service recognised with the presentation of his long-service 50 year gold bar from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). We picture Roger with his award and alongside our former President (Beth Milsom), and can think of no more fitting way to salute Roger and all he meant to us.

 

Thank you for everything Roger. R.I.P.

 

WEST MIDLANDS NODA AWARDS NOMMINATION 2017

On the 23rd April PODS were invited to attend the NODA West Midlands Award ceremony at Stourbridge Town Hall.

 

We are very proud to have won the "Best Pantomime" award in District 10 for "Cinderella" and to have been nominated for the "Best Musical" award for "Anything Goes".

 

BEST DIRECTION AWARD - 2017

 

Congratulations to PODS member Paul Turvey who won the Birmingham and District Theatre Guild 'Colman Kelly Trophy' for Best Direction of a full length musical for 'LEGALLY BLONDE' at Stourbridge Operatic Society.

 

Paul is currently directing PODYS "Little Shop of Horrors", choreographing for our current show "Half A Sixpence" and will be directing PODS next Pantomime "Jack and The Beanstalk" in December 2017.

 

Well done Paul. We are super proud!!!

 

 

 

DONATION TO CHARITY - DECEMBER 2016

 

During Cinderella show week society members gave money instead of exchanging Christmas cards. £85 was raised and has been donated to Pershore Cottage Hospital charitable funds

 

 

 

MAMMA MIA FUND RAISER - SUMMER 2016

 

PODS "MAMMA MIA Singalong Fundraiser evening was a great success this September. The "one night only" show raised money for the society and £350 was donated to Children in Need.

 

 A big thank you  to everyone who supported this event!

 

We hope to hold a similar event in the Summer of 2017

 

 

 

BEM FOR PODS FOUNDER - 2016

 

Tremendous congratulations to PODS founder and leader Judy Megarry, recognised June 11th 2016 in the Queen's 90th year birthday honours!

 

Her Majesty has awarded Judy the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to community music in Pershore, Worcestershire.

 

Everyone in PODS is delighted for Judy. The BEM is a richly deserved honour for Judy's tireless work and commitment to founding and sustaining our  inclusive and successful Society.

 

Judy inspires PODS members to be the best they can be. Unwavering support and technical expertise from Judy's husband Stuart  has seen the pair bring live musical theatre and entertainment to the community in and around Pershore for over 26 years.

 

Well done Stuart and congratulations Judy!

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