20th June 2003

 

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS TO HELP BROADBENT THEATRE

 

A University of Lincoln clerical officer will be donning her knapsack and walking boots next month to raise much-needed funds for the Broadbent Theatre.

 

Samantha Talbot from Legsby near Market Rasen will be heading to the mountains of the Lake District to help raise funds for her local theatre where she is a member of the Lindsey Rural Players.

 

Samantha (23), who works for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, will be joined by her partner Byron and other members of the amateur theatre group as they hike up Illgill Head at Wasdale Head, Wast Water.

 

“At present the theatre has limited disabled access but more work is now required to meet new regulations,” said Samantha.  “It’s a very costly installation so we are trying to raise as much sponsorship as possible to help with the expense.

 

“We have been to visit the area so we have some idea of what we’re up against.

 

“Walking up mountains is new to me but I’m sure any aching muscles will be soothed by the beautiful scenery.”

 

The Broadbent Theatre on Snarford Road, Wickenby is owned and run by the Lindsey Rural Players, an amateur theatre company and registered charity. 

 

Built in 1878 as a Methodist chapel, it was converted to a theatre in 1971 and takes its name from Roy Broadbent, father of Oscar-winning Lincolnshire actor Jim Broadbent.

 

As well as being a world-renowned actor, Jim Broadbent is the honorary president of the Lindsey Rural Players.

 

The hike takes place on Saturday 12th July. If you would like to sponsor Samantha please contact her on 01522 895456.

 

For more information about the Broadbent Theatre telephone 01673 885500 or visit www.broadbent.org.

 

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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