Updated on Wednesday 4th November 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.
We opened in mid September and we have been successfully showing films, satellites and had a few live performances. We had a great line up for November however, other than Uncle Vanya showing on the 4th November, we will now have to close our doors until we can reopen on Thursday 3rd December in line with the Government regulations. During this time, the Hall and the Box Office will be closed.
We are able to open our bar and serve sweets and ice creams from there. We are no longer able to serve coffees and teas until further notice. We 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 are consumed sitting in the seats rather than in the Annexe. We have restricted numbers in the Annexe to ensure everyone is social distanced and at the end of each performance, customers are guided row by row to ensure a safe and uncrowded exit.
Do not forget that you will be required by law to wear a mask when you arrive for a film and keep wearing throughout the duration of the performance. We have sanitiser for use and also a very well controlled one way system.
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 email@example.com
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.
If you had booked any films other than Uncle Vanya which is to be shown this evening 4th November, then these will be rescheduled and you will be informed in due course when we receive new dates.
Just What The Doctor Ordered! – this has now been rescheduled from November to the 29th and 30th January 2021.
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 – now on sale for July 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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