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Volunteering booming at The Woodville, Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 11:52 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 09 February 2018

Two of the volunteers when they met ventriloquist Steve Hewlett. Picture: Gravesham Council

Two of the volunteers when they met ventriloquist Steve Hewlett. Picture: Gravesham Council

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Volunteers love giving their time for free at The Woodville Theatre, Gravesend.

From April 2017 to December 2017 the total number of volunteer hours was 3,324 – 610 hours more than for the same period the previous year.

The theatre in Wrotham Road has a limit of 50 people it can take on at any one time for volunteering, which has also led to a demand as the waiting list currently stands at 15.

Gravesham Council leader, Cllr David Turner, said: “Our volunteers are a key part of the way The Woodville is run. The time they give is very much appreciated and we cannot thank them enough for helping to make The Woodville a great place to visit.”

Theatre manager Mandy Hare added: “Our volunteers are an essential part of The Woodville. They meet and greet patrons as they arrive, direct people to their seats and offer advice and information about our events and facilities. In addition to this they are tireless ambassadors and supporters of our venue; they are an integral part of The Woodville team.”

This year The Woodville is marking its 50th birthday. Volunteers have been part of its history for about six of those years.

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