FRIENDS OF THE EASTGATE 

SPRING NEWSLETTER

Friends of the Eastgate – Spring Newsletter

Yes, despite the cold weather, this addition is all about SPRING! Lots of events for the coming season (April-June) and I am sure the weather will improve soon!
To tempt you to get booking, here is a link to the new Eastgate brochure, packed full of good films, plays, dance, workshops
https://issuu.com/eastgatearts/docs/eastgate_spring_2018

One of our great fundraising events is coming up soon – PLEASE SUPPORT IT by getting a team together from an organisation you belong to, or maybe a group of friends/family. It’s always fun !

QUIZ NIGHT  Friday 20th April    7.30pm at the Eastgate

Tickets £6 per person. (Teams of 5 max)

Impromptu teams will be organised on the night if you are not in a pre-arranged team. So please rally friends, work colleagues and organisations you belong to. It is always a good night out though competition is fierce! Some raffle prizes would be much appreciated for this event (please leave at the Box Office so we can put them in the Friends cupboard)

Further news from the Friends can be found below these 2 for 1 offers…………

THIS SEASON’S TWO FOR ONE OFFERS  –

2 FOR 1 OFFERS ……………….. especially for you! Please support these performances – bring a friend, partner, someone off the street……they will love it!

Music: The California Feetwarmers   Thursday 19 July, 7.30pm

Recognised as one of the hottest bands playing out of one of America’s steamiest States, The California Feetwarmers return having raised the roof before an ecstatic crowd at the 1000-capacity Old Fruitmarket during Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.

You are invited to join the band at tonight’s joyous party.

Comedy: Butterfly Effect   Fri 31 August, 7.30pm

Following totally sold out runs at Edinburgh Fringe for the last three years, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton returns with her docucomedy investigating the power of kindness.

“Seriously very funny” ★★★★★ Daily Mirror

“Hilarious…Her charisma, uniqueness and talent make Burton a force to be reckoned with” ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Music and Words: Bonnie Fechters    September 15, 7.30pm

Song & Stories of Hope and Resistance

An inspiring tapestry of true stories and songs about women of courage, inventiveness and spirit. Discover the Scottish women targeted as witches and the girls who survived the Magdalene institutions for fallen women, explore the 1977 Strikers in Saris protest and many more unheralded females who were there and changed our lives forever.  In this warm and intimate performance, Morna Burdon brings the songs and stories of real people to life.

FUNDRAISING 
It’s a long time ago now (despite still being winter!)…..Before Christmas, Santa was visited by 70 children. It was a magical event and raised over £200
The theatre also laid on a wonderful Christmas party and we raised £322 from the raffle.

‘Friends Sharing Food’ is a wonderful fundraising idea, with various events taken place. One of the most recent was in Manor Village Hall, where a Soup Lunch was organised by Claire Garnett and friends. It raised over £400 , so well done to Claire, her friends and the musicians too!

So why not invite your friends and neighbours and provide cake and coffee, lunch, buffet, dinner, cheese and wine – you choose what to do! With the invitation explain it’s a fundraiser for Friends of the Eastgate. Ask people for a minimum donation e.g. £4-£5 for cake and coffee, dinner £10 plus. Get guests to bring drink! This is win win as money is raised, a good time is had and your guests may be inspired to hold an event. Please let Christine Bruce know if you are hosting an event.
ca.bruce@btinternet.com

MEMBERSHIP
For those of you who receive their invitations to renew their subscriptions, there is a slight change to the form. The membership stands at £25 at the moment and will remain so for the foreseeable future but for those who see themselves as ‘long term’ members and are happy to pay more now, there is the option available to pay for 5 years for only £100. When you complete the form,  please tick over the figure you wish to subscribe.

 GIFT MEMBERSHIP……….  Following on from the Christmas Gift pack idea, we are now introducing this all year round! So if you are stuck what to buy for a friend or family member, why not give them a year’s subscription to the Eastgate? Packs now available from the Box Office

DONATIONS TO THE THEATRE
Friends are paying for a part time administrator for 6 months. This is to support the development project at the Eastgate (£3000)
We are about to pay for boiler repairs, switch gear, torches for ushers and an A3 printer. Exact costings are not available as yet.  As we write this, the theatre also has another ‘shopping list’, all good things required to keep the theatre running!
PRIZE DRAW 
The prize draw has now taken place. The winner is ELIZABETH GRAY who will shortly be receiving her seasonal prize (a spring one, not a winter one!)

DATE FOR THE DIARY – ADVANCE NOTICE FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE EASTGATE AGM
A date of Wed.1st August has been set. This will be at 2pm in the theatre.
More information nearer the time, but there’s no excuse now, so please put it in your diary!

Please also keep an eye on the Friends noticeboard for up to date news. Remember we have a pigeon hole at the theatre and any ideas you have would be much appreciated.

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