The Barn Theatre,
25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey
RH8 0AA.

Tel: 01959 561811
Email: barntheatre
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Friends of the Barn (FOBs)

History
In 1981, a concerned supporter of the theatre John Sturgeon, launched a "Buy a Tile for 2" campaign to fundraise for repairs to the roof. Having rapidly raised 500, John at the suggestion of Bruce Reed was joined by Terry Rolph to form an association whose aim was to "provide financial and other support to the maintenance, improvement and betterment of The Barn Theatre at Oxted as a site and base primarily for theatrical, operatic, cultural and artistic activities but also for such purposes as may be beneficial to the people of Oxted and District". A Committee was formed and an annual membership of 1 brought forth 200 members.

Thus began a vast variety of fundraising which continues to this day. Between 1983 and 1991 over 16,000 went towards funding roofing, insulation, re-wiring, up-dating stage lighting and raking the auditorium. In 1991 the FOBS undertook the re-seating of the theatre, financed by the sponsorship of each seat marked with a named brass plaque.

In 1997 the theatre achieved charitable status and thus began a progressive increase in hirers and income, enabling more self-financing. At this time the FOBS role developed as they began to staff more of the front-of-house services for the theatre.

In 2005 FOBS bestowed "Honorary Membership" on His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent at the official opening of the Barn 2000 extension and in 2006 the organisation celebrated 25 years of service to the theatre. During this time they raised and donated in excess of 75,000.

A "SUNDAY CLUB" was started in 2006 and opens the bar from 12.00-2.00pm on the first Sunday of every month. This has proved a delightful additional social facet to the role of the FOBS.

Membership
The organisation currently has over 300 members. The subscription is 12 for 3 years or 5 per annum, per person.
To become a Friend of the Barn or to find out more about them, contact the membership secretary Dave Nichols( 01883 722716) or collect an application form directly from the theatre where they are prominently displayed.

The benefits of membership include:
    - regular mailing of the quarterly "WHATS ON" brochure and the "BARN THEATRE NEWS"
    - using the bar at the monthly Sunday Club openings
    - invitations to special events
    - making new friends
    - having your views heard

FOH Services
The theatre hosts two resident societies who organise their own Front-of-House services but the FOBS service all other productions/events. The hirers provide basic cover for such things as programmes, car park and box office but the FOBS manage the bar, coffee, sweets and ice creams as well as other general Front-of-House duties.
The Front -of-House duties are outlined here.

Name
Responsibility
Phone Number
E-mail Address
Chairman Alan Jackson 01342 894669 alanjackson1911@btinternet.com
Vice Chairman Jeff Magnay 01883 713507Jeff.magnay@ntlworld.com
SecretaryHilary Moore 01883 723207

hilary.moore@ntlworld.com

TreasurerAlan Webber 01883 723244alanwebber885@btinternet.com
Membership Secretary Dave Nichols 01883 722716 thenicholsfamily@btinternet.com
Stock Manager Alan Jackson 01883 714906 alanjackson1911@btinternet.com
Stock ManagerJanet Magnay 01883 713507Jeff.magnay@ntlworld.com
Stock ManagerJeff Magnay 01883 713507Jeff.magnay@ntlworld.com
Katherine Saunders 01883 722061ksaunders@supanet.com
 David Sutton 07948 337048 davidsutton91@gmail.com
 Dave Nichols 01883 722716 thenicholsfamily@btinternet.com