Become a Friend
The greatest way to show support for the Regal, apart from coming to see the shows and having some fun, is to become a FRIEND OF THE REGAL. The Regal values highly the support and encouragement it receives from the Friends and in return offers them many concessions and benefits. The annual subscription entitles you to receive regular newsletters about activities, discounts on most tickets when booking in advance (usually 50p) and the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the local community theatre! (Please note that membership of the Friends of the Regal is separate from Film Society Membership)
To become a friend, call at the box office and pick up an application form. Alternatively, you can donate via localgiving.com – donations always gratefully received!
If you would like to get more involved in the everyday running of the theatre, please contact us, as new volunteers are always welcome!
The Regal Theatre is a hugely successful community project. Over 200 volunteers contribute to maintaining the building and to opening the theatre for events, and refreshments in the bar, on over 120 nights a year.
Whatever your interest and skills, if you have time and energy you would like to contribute, we would welcome you enthusiastically. There are hosts of areas which need volunteers to keep them going.
- Performing: Please see our list of Member Companies for contact details
- Back Stage: Stage management, make-up, costumes, props – contact the companies and offer your help; you will be snapped up!
- Sets: Join a regular team which designs, builds, paints
- Front of House: Programmes and tickets on the night of performances
- Publicity: Hand delivering brochures, stuffing envelopes, sending information to the media, gather advertising/sponsorship for our brochure, keeping the editorial up to date on our website
- Box Office: Volunteering morning or afternoon sessions to work in the box office
- Technical: Working to set up sound and lights for performances and managing the desk during performances – training given
- Bar: Serving refreshments behind the bar on performance days
- Performance Days: Help visiting professional companies with their get-ins, give them information; help carry in/set up
The Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5UQ
Phone the theatre Box Office 01643 706430 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm)
Or email us.
AGM OF THE MATA Regal Theatre Co Ltd
Sunday 8 July 2018 in the Regal Bar (Subject to ratification at the 2019 AGM)
Present Board: Elaine Ross (Chair/PR), Ray Tew (Vice Chair) Lewis Lintern (Artistic Director), Jean Armin (Treasurer), Georgina Charnock (General), Andy Kingston-James (WSC), Ian Melhuish (General), Fred Owen (Waterfront), Doug Ross (Barnstormers), James Scott (Building), Sue Swann (Box Office), Victoria Thomas (Film Society), Peter Thompson (Panto People), Jim Woodley (Tech), Mervyn Yeandole (Co Secretary)
Committee: Val Ayres (Minutes), Heather Bryant (Friends), Monica Hartwell (General), Rosie Paterson (MDS), Chris Rendell (First Aid/Risk) Richard Seale (Tech/H&S), Liz Sizer (Bar), Derek Webb (Website),
Also present: Liz and Herbert Vicary and Hayley Rendell
- Apologies None
Declaration s of Interest None
2 Minutes of the AGM Sunday 18 July 2017
The 2017 AGM Minutes had been provisionally accepted at the August 2017 MATA Meeting. Formal acceptance was proposed by LL, seconded by DR, with two ‘don’t know’ votes (as weren’t in attendance) the remainder agreed the proposal.
- Annual Report and Finance 2017 (period covered 1.1.17 – 31.12.17)
3.1 – JA had already presented the Report and Accounts at the July MATA meeting and digital copies were circulated prior to the AGM, but she highlighted the following points:
- In the year January to December 2017 our income from shows was slightly up on the previous year: the direct cost of putting on those shows was also up.
- The indirect cost of ‘running the theatre’ increased by about the same percentage, and then there was the additional cost of the work in relation to the installation of the new screen, and other necessary work to the roof and walls that was carried out at that time.
- The accountant’s 5 year summary reflects this pattern of increased income and expenditure, leaving much the same small surplus of funds at the end of the year to offset bigger projects.
- This year we know of further costs to be met, and so are very grateful to Monica for her hard work in finding grant money for some of these, so we can continue to provide the physical and organisational structure in which shows can happen.
- Our annual fee to Local Giving of £72 has again proved worthwhile, as we received £1047.21 through this scheme in 2017.
- We have not yet succeeded in setting up online bank with NatWest.
- The accountant has asked us to consider changing from a Ltd Co to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), an option recently introduced by the government: this is for future discussion.
The Chair’s Report on 2017 achievements and performance was agreed for inclusion in the Annual Report and LL proposed the acceptance of the complete report, which was seconded by FO and agreed unanimously.
3.2 – Show Report – 2017 figures show MATA income of £41,619 (which includes 6/9ths of the Panto income) plus Bar takings of £21,936. Only a small number of the ninety plus shows made a loss and audience figures reached around 23,000.
3.3 We need to remove Mrs J Thompson’s name from the Charity Commission and Companies House records and our list of Directors, as she resigned prior to the 2017 AGM.
- Introduction by the Chair
Colin Isherwood had been nominated for Chair and Front of House Manager but has since resigned from the Board and all other roles at the theatre – issues raised are being considered. In the absence of a new Chair ER proposed she conduct the whole AGM, which was agreed unanimously. Action is being taken to replace the Chair and Front of House Manager, 21 days notification is required for nominations for the Chair, elections could be held at an Extraordinary General Meeting. In the meantime ER and RT have agreed to conduct alternate meetings.
ER said it had been an honour to serve as Chair and thanked everyone for their support during her time in office, she plans to take a step back and ‘downsize’ her community activities and commitments.
4.1 Confirmation of Directors
Proposed by LL, seconded by SS and were carried unanimously
Vice Chair Ray Tew
Vice Chair Elaine Ross
Proposed by DR, seconded by FO and carried unanimously
Company Secretary Mervyn Yendole
Minutes Secretary Val Ayres (not a director)
Proposed by, RT seconded by DR and carried unanimously
Treasurer Jean Armin
Auditiors/Accountants Amhurst & Shapland
MATA Company & WSC Delegates
These appointments were voted on by members of their own Companies
Barnstormers Doug Ross (awaiting confirmation at their AGM)
Film Society Victoria Thomas
Waterfront Fred Owen
Panto People Peter Thompson
West Somerset Council Andy Kingston-James (Elected by the District Council)
The following people agreed to stand again this year
Proposed by PT, seconded by HB and carried unanimously
Artistic Director Lewis Lintern
Publicity Officer Elaine Ross (pro tem)
Buildings Officer James Scott
Box Office Manager/Theatre
Manager Co-ordinator Sue Swann
Chief Lighting Technician Jim Woodley
General Director Georgina Charnock
General Director Ian Melhuish
ELECTION OF OFFICERS & REPRESENTATIVES TO THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The following agreed to stand again this year
Proposed by LL seconded by SS and agreed unanimously
Minehead Dramatic Society Rosie Paterson*
Friends of the Regal Heather Bryant
Bar Rep Liz Sizer
Training Officer Vacant
Health & Safety Richard Seale
Technical Adviser Richard Seale
Regal Websites Derek Webb
Head of Sound Chaz Hardiman (non attending)
First Aid and Risk Assessment Chris Rendell
General Committee Member Monica Hartwell
(* R Paterson might become a Director, after being advised of the full role and responsibilities involved)
- MATA REPRESENTATIVES TO OUTSIDE BODIES
West Somerset Voluntary Forum -ER has decided to step down, however, LL, MH and RT agreed to continue as representatives, when their time and commitments allow.
BID and Minehead Christmas Festival Group – LL will continue to represent the Regal
Minehead Coastal Community Towns Initiative – RT will continue as our representative.
There were no questions from the floor so ER declared the meeting closed at 7.40.