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Please Keep Supporting Your Local Businesses

They're the lifeblood of the economy ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 02/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

With the recent news that many businesses can reopen in a few weeks, please continue to do what you can to support the small and independent businesses that are local to you .. ...

Regardless of whether you're in Olney or not, small local businesses need your continued support!

Regardless of whether you're in Olney or not, small local businesses need your continued support!

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As an independent theatre that receives no funding, we understand how hard and worrying it has been for many business owners over the last few months. The whole shopping experience will be hugely different with social distancing and more health and safety processes in place.

But please don't let that stop you from supporting, our beloved local shops and businesses that are currently under threat. If you don't want to venture out, there are ways that you can still support your favourite restaurant or gift shop from the comfort of your own home.

  • Shop locally online

    Many local shops have moved online or to social media recently. You might not be able to find everything online that you would normally in store, but they still have a great range to choose from. Take a look at Mooch on Market Square for some great gift ideas and Olney Butchers for all your roast and BBQ needs.

  • Buy gift cards or vouchers

    Even if you're not getting the goods now, buying a gift card or voucher now for something you'll experience at a later date, is a great way of supporting your local store or restaurant. The Robin Hood in Clifton Reynes is currently closed, but you are still able to purchase vouchers through their website

  • Order a takeaway

    After such a long lockdown, who is sick of cooking? Many businesses are providing a takeout including: The Cherry Tree, Out of Office Coffee, Sandwich Land and The Grounds Café at Emberton Country Park. Give them a try!

  • Social media

    If you are on social media, it is so easy just to follow a business page and like and share their posts. Give them some positive comments, shout about your experience, tag a friend or share a photo of the product you've bought. Just one of these simple acts will help your favourite business get seen by others.

  • Take part in online classes

    Many business owners are now streaming sessions online; whether it is exercise classes or business training, why not get involved? Local girl, Charlotte Pask, who played Maria Gambrelli in our last production of 'A Shot in the Dark', is also a FiiT instructor at Caveman Conditioning, who has taken all her sessions online.

  • Choose to reschedule rather than cancel

    For The Arches Theatre, tickets to our summer performances are still available at just £15 per person. We are currently going ahead with two productions, The Merchant of Venice performed by The Wet Mariners on 15th August, and Allo Allo! performed by Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) on 12th/13th and 19th/20th September.

    If we must postpone the performances, then tickets will automatically roll over to the new date. We would be so grateful if ticket holders would be able to reschedule rather than cancel. The shows will certainly go on ... at some point!

For theatre and the arts, it is very unclear when we will be fully back up and running again, but for now, we continue to work hard to be able to give local theatre lovers something to look forward to.

Keep supporting local and stay safe!

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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