The Austwick Community Players

Audiences in 2014 commented that the Austwick Community Players production was “dazzling”, “superb”, and “clever”, with “snappy dialogue, humour and first class singing”!

The Austwick Community Players is a local group of volunteers who organize the annual event in Austwick Village known as the ‘Over 65’s Supper and Entertainment Evening’.

Every year, on the first Thursday in March, the food committee organizes, prepares and serves a supper, free and by invitation, for all residents of Austwick, Wharfe, Feizor, Eldroth and Lawkland who are aged sixty five and over.  The occasion is held in the Austwick Parish Hall, and is followed by a theatrical production, which is written, produced and performed by The Austwick Community Players. Funds are raised for this annual event from two further public performances of the show, other fundraising events and from a number of donations, generously given.

Our group has a long history.  In 1966, the Women’s Institute first took the initiative to put on this annual event.  The group as it now stands took on a separate identity in 1989.  In 2002, it was a proud prizewinner in the ‘North Yorkshire Village Ventures Scheme’, a competition sponsored by Yorkshire Rural Community Council to recognize village projects that serve to benefit their communities.  This award was a great tribute to those who have contributed in every way to the group over the last thirty nine years.