Updated on Friday 11th September 2020,
Dear Haslemere Hall Friends and Members,
We do hope that this finds you well and keeping busy and enjoying new hobbies that you have learned during the past few months.
We have been trying to get a newsletter out to you for a while but there have been so many updates and changes recently that we wanted to ensure that we got the right information out to you.
Whilst cinemas were able to open from 4th July, the issue that we picture houses all have is that, there are currently no new releases available as most of the films were held back from release until later on this year. As reported in our last newsletter, Haslemere Hall couldn’t reopen within the realms of a two metre social distancing rule as we just could not supply sufficient seats to make the screening viable. With the new social distancing rules in place however, we can now reveal what our seating plan will look like:
Downstairs in the auditorium we will have 120 stalled seating. These will consist of 10 rows, each with 12 seats in. Each row will consist of a block of 3 seats followed by 3 pairs of seats and then another block of 3 seats on the far side. There will be no tiered seating until the social distancing becomes a thing of the past. There will also be 30 seats available in the balcony.
Our plan is to start showing films again from 15th September – you will see we have three films and three satellites all currently on sale.
We will be able to open our bar and serve sweets and ice creams from there. We will no longer be serving coffees and teas until further notice. We would plan to open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance to allow everyone to come in and order their drinks for the interval and pay by card and then all drinks will need to be consumed sitting in the seats rather than in the Annexe. We will restrict numbers in the Annexe to ensure everyone is social distanced and at the end of each performance, customers will be guided row by row to ensure a safe and uncrowded exit.
Since the Box Office reopened on the 7th September we have become a lot busier and it’s great to see faces again. We also have many of our favourite clubs, societies and charities with us in the day time so it’s all moving forward very nicely.
Do not forget that you will be required by law to wear a mask when you arrive for a film. We have sanitiser for use and also a very well controlled one way system. We think we are ready and can not wait to welcome you back.
We are also the home of The Haslemere Community Store every Wednesday, which has been set up to help people who have been thrown into financial difficulty due to coronavirus. This initiative has been set up and operated entirely by volunteers and recognises social distancing. If you, or you know anyone who needs any help with supplying groceries at this time please do not hesitate to contact the Haslemere Community Store on 07873 383954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have applied and just received planning permission to allow us to replace our old signage with new ones featuring our new logo. These are non illuminated signs and will certainly brighten and kick the Hall into the 21st century. We look forward to having these very soon and also it will help to “relaunch” Haslemere Hall when it is safe for us to do so.
What happens going forward? – Well firstly we would like to say thank you for all your supportive emails, telephone calls and also your very kind financial donations towards the Hall. After last years generous donations towards our Spend A Penny appeal to improve the toilets, we felt that we couldn’t ask for anything further from our generous Members, so it has been really special to receive these kind gestures. Thank you all so much.
Below is an update of where we are with screenings. The important one to note which is a change from last month is that the Haslemere Players have made a second postponement to Legally Blonde and this is now going to be shown in March 2021. An email has gone out regarding this to all customers who had either booked for March 2020 or October 2020.
Fidelio which was due to be screened on the 18th March. The Royal Opera House have informed us on 10th September that they will no longer show this so all bookings have been cancelled and money refunded to the account holder. We were bitterly disappointed to have waited all this time and then be told we can no longer show this. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and we are now busy sorting out all the administration and costs involved with this.
Swan Lake which was due to be screened on the 1st April. The Royal Opera House have informed us on 10th September that they will no longer show this so all bookings have been cancelled and money refunded to the account holder. We were bitterly disappointed to have waited all this time and then be told we can no longer show this. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and we are now busy sorting out all the administration and costs involved with this.
Jonas Kaufmann – My Vienna was due to be screened on the 8th April and this has now been transferred to 15th September. All bookings have been moved to this new date and all customers informed. If you would like seats for this you can book these directly from our website. The new seat layout is available.
David Attenborough which was due to be screened this evening on 16th April and this has now been transferred to 30th September. All bookings have been moved to this new date and all customers informed. If you would like seats for this you can book these directly from our website. The new seat layout is available.
Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci which was due to be screened on the 22nd April. The Royal Opera House have informed us on 10th September that they will no longer show this so all bookings have been cancelled and money refunded to the account holder. We were bitterly disappointed to have waited all this time and then be told we can no longer show this. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and we are now busy sorting out all the administration and costs involved with this.
Andre Rieu was due to be screened on the 1st August and this has now been transferred to 25th September. All bookings have been moved to this new date and all customers informed. If you would like seats for this you can book these directly from our website. The new seat layout is available.
Emma was due for screening on the 31st March, the 2nd and 7th April. We are planning to bring this to the screen in October. Watch this space. Again we have advised each and every booking and we will do the same again when we have the confirmed new dates.
With regards to shows and concerts, we have informed all bookings of the new dates and the fact that any tickets will be valid for the new dates that have been given. If customers can not make the new planned dates then we have have changed them over to a different date without any additional costs to themselves.
Haslemere Players – Legally Blonde which was just a week away from going on stage will now be performed from 23rd – 27th March 2021.
Haslemere Thespians – Nell Gwynn which had all been blocked and was in full rehearsal flair was moved to October and everyone advised. This doesn’t look likely anymore so the Thespians have asked us to not sell any more tickets until they can confirm new dates in 2021. We will let you know as soon as they know.
Philip O’Brien and Friends have rescheduled from 2nd May 2020 to 24th April 2021.
Andy Fairweather Low has now been postponed from June 13th to April next year and tickets can still be purchased on the website. Anyone with a booking will have been contacted directly by us and advised of the new arrangement.
Eddi Reader has now been postponed from October 2020 to October 3rd 2021.
Our lovely friends at Kids’ Symphonic Sundays have new dates for the autumn. If you cant wait until then please follow them on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD4uTaGMu7z7OrP0eTyNTYA
We have sent out leaflets to all our Members and emails out to all that have signed up.
Membership fees are now all due and reminders for these will be sent out.
We love what we do here and look forward to seeing you loving what we have done very soon. If you have any questions regarding anything then please do let us know by email to email@example.com and we will do our very best to get back to you as soon as we can.
Take care, stay safe and thank you all for your support and see you when we can. If anyone needs anything then please let us know and we will see if we can help you.Howard and us all at Haslemere Hall