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Please Support Local Businesses And Theatres During Lockdown

I'll be supporting as many as I can ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 03/11/2020 @ 8:00AM

With the recent news about a second lockdown, there will be a huge effect on many local businesses from this Thursday. I wanted to say, please continue to support your local, independent shops and businesses ...

Please support local businesses through the next lockdown!

Please support local businesses through the next lockdown!

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I wrote a similar blog post a few months ago, but now with this impending second lockdown, it seems more important than ever. Just as local, independent shops and businesses start to get back on their feet, they are having to close again just before their busiest time in the run-up to Christmas.

"The same goes for theatre and the arts!"

Venues have never really been able to get going again. There was a little bit of hope with some theatres getting ready to reopen for not only new performances, but also the festive season, which many of us were very much looking forward to. But sadly, the lights are going off a second time.

Over the next few days, why not pop into your favourite local store and purchase a few items? Christmas gifts perhaps? What about drinking a coffee in your local coffee shop or have dinner at an independent restaurant? Things we sometimes take for granted, but soon we will not be able to do for at least the next month, maybe even longer.

While we can, please keep supporting your local retailers. If they have an online shop or offer a takeaway service, please use this service throughout lockdown and into the future. We need to keep our independent shops going and support the livelihoods of the owners and our local friends and colleagues.

I will be supporting as many people as I can during lockdown including:

And many more

If you fancy some fun magic tricks to try at Christmas, take a look at my own online store, Magic and More. Please also don't forget to support the arts and our local theatres. We turn to the arts when we need entertainment.

They have supported us through lockdown, so let's make sure we are supporting the arts at a time they need it most. There are many ways that we can do this. Here are just ten ways we can help right now.

Stay safe everyone and thank you all for your support.

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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