Free theatre tickets for elderly ‘Ford folk’


Cast of The Nightingales with Cllr Chris Greenwod (Centre rear),Roberts-Jones, CEO at One Community and Jenni Marie Prior

Cast of The Nightingales with Cllr Chris Greenwod (Centre rear),Jean Roberts-Jones, CEO at One Community and director Jenni Marie Prior

Elderly and disabled folk in Chandler’s Ford are being treated to free seats at a local theatre companies productions.

The Chameleon Theatre Company at Chandler’s Ford are now offering free transport to their shows at the Ritchie Hall after Hampshire County Councillor Chris Greenwood agreed to pay for the transport costs out of his Local Community Support Fund.

The Ukip councillor for Eastleigh West said:

 “I was pleased to receive The Chameleons’ application to fund this initiative and had no hesitation in releasing the money from my Local Community Support Fund. It was heart-warming to learn of the Chameleons’ community-spirited gesture tooffer free entertainment toour local elderly and disabled residents”

Speaking on behalf of The Chameleons, Nick Coleman explained the background:

 “Free seats have been offered to the elderly residents of our local care homes for more than 40 years but the problem facing these excluded members of the local community has been getting them to and from the Ritchie Hall.  Steve Mursell, Clerk to Chandlers Ford Parish Council told me about Hampshire County Council’s Community Support Grants and suggested we apply to Cllr Greenwood the UKIP representative for Eastleigh West for help.”

Nick also said he knew Jean Roberts-Jones, Chief Executive Officer at One Community through his membership of Eastleigh Business Network.

 “Jean offered to provide 15-seater buses at a reduced cost. The bus drivers are all volunteers which adds to the community-minded energy running through this worthwhile initiative.”

One Community buses will be collecting 70 to 80 elderly and disabled residents from local care homes in January and will take them to The Ritchie Hall to enjoy a free performance of “Peter Pan” being staged by The Chameleon Theatre Company from January 24 to February 1. (visit for further information).

Free seats and transport will be available for four productions a year.