Mark Smith and Ged Leach recently had the honour of meeting Prince Andrew as representatives of Wolds Wonders – the drama group for adults with learning and other disabilities and mental health problems.
The pair were invited to the Duke of York Community Initiative (DOYCI) luncheon and awards ceremony at Huddersfield University in recognition of the £1,810 grant Wolds Wonders received from DOYCI to fund a series of workshops covering specific areas of drama, dance and music.
Last year Wolds Wonders won a DOYCI Award in recognition for its work and this has enabled it to apply for much needed grant funding.
Mark is a long-standing member of Wolds Wonders and regular performer in our theatrical productions. He told the prince how well rehearsals for the group’s latest production “Follow Your Dreams” is progressing (showing at Pocklington Arts Centre on Wednesday 25 May).
Wolds Wonders is based at Pocklington Arts Centre and aims to put on two quality, entertaining productions each year in a proper theatre environment for paying members of the public.
A spokesman said: “All the members of Wolds Wonders are truly wonderful people.
“They are enthusiastic about what they do, friendly, kind, supportive of each other and have many creative skills and attributes.
“We urgently need volunteers and trustees to ensure the group can continue to operate safely and properly. It is very rewarding and does not require any previous experience or knowledge.
“If you interested in helping out in any way, no matter how small, contact 07813 156346 or leave your details at Pocklington Arts Centre booking office and one of the trustees will get in touch.”