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  • Local Plan: public exhibition to be held at Town Hall
    A public exhibition will be held at the Town Hall next Monday (1 September) to detail the district council’s plans for Chippy’s future, as set out in its Local Plan. As covered by Chippy News previously, the consultation period for the Local Plan is currently underway – it closes on 19 September at 5pm. The Local Plan sets […]
  • New benches to remember two of Chippy’s honorary citizens
    Today, two new benches were installed in the centre of Chipping Norton to remember two of our town’s honorary citizens. The benches, on the high street in front of Sainsbury’s, commemorate Rob Evans, who died last year, and Mike Howes, who died earlier this year. The town council arranged for the benches, with their commemorative […]
  • New housing at Kingham causes contamination concerns
    A planning application has been submitted to build 16 houses on land south of Church Street in Kingham – but there is concern about what they would be built on.  The proposal has, as the Cotswold Journal reported this week, caused concern among locals, given that the land is a former landfill site and gravel […]
  • Applications for grants close on 1 September
    The town council has asked us to remind people that the closing date for applications for grants for voluntary bodies is on 1 September. Application forms are available from the Guildhall – you can either get one in person, or by emailing cntc@btconnect.com.Filed under: advert, local services, news
  • Advert: Property to let to local resident
    The Chipping Norton Welfare Charity (charity no 238991) has asked us to let readers know that one of its properties, 1 Dickenson Court, is now available to let. It is a two bedroomed property, and applications for the tenancy for this dwelling are invited from persons in need of a residence in the area of […]
  • More homes for Chippy: have your say on our town’s future needs
    West Oxfordshire’s consultation on its long awaited Draft Local Plan is now underway and residents have until 19 September to have their say. The Draft Plan proposes to increase the target for new housing to be built in the district over the next 15 years to at least 9,450, equivalent to new 525 homes per year, […]
  • Provisional approval given for Penhurst plans
    “Provisional approval” for the redevelopment of the Penhurst School site on new Street was given this week. West Oxfordshire District Council approved the plans (application number 14/0754/)/FP) to create a care home and assisted living units at the site – subject to agreement, under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act. As with […]
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  • House Manager and Deputy House Manager Vacancies
    House ManagerThe Theatre Chipping Norton is looking for a warm, welcoming, highly organised individual to lead the Front of House department of this busy, well respected arts venue. Delivering an operation that is both characterful, slick and profitable, candidates should have extensive experience of similar customer-facing roles, line managing staff and ide...ally some experience of either working in an arts venue or hospitality. Leadership skills, diplomacy and a strong interest in the performing arts would all be valuable assets. The role includes a mixture of management, administrative and Duty Management activities, and would include evening and weekend work.Closing date: 18th August 2014Salary £17,000 - £18,500 p.a. full time, dependent on experience. For information pack and to apply contact Jo or Faye on 01608 642349 or email administration@chippingnortontheatre.com Deputy House Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton is looking for a warm, welcoming, highly organised individual to take a central role in the Front of House department and bar of this busy, well respected arts venue. Candidates should have extensive experience of similar customer-facing roles and ideally some experience of either working in an arts venue, bar or hospitality. Confident people skills, diplomacy and an interest in the performing arts would all be valuable assets. The role includes a mixture of administrative and Duty Management activities, as well as taking a lead on stocking and managing the Theatre bar. This is a full time role, including evening and weekend work, though we may consider this role as two half-time positions. Closing date: 20th August 2014 Salary £14,000 p.a. For an information pack and to apply contact Jo or Faye on 01608 642349 or email administration@chippingnortontheatre.com
  • General Manager Vacancy
    The Theatre is seeking a new General Manager. The Theatre is an important regional centre for theatre, film and the arts in this working Cotswold town, with a unique and award-winning reputation for producing, touring and receiving live performance. The General Manager, as deputy to Director John Terry, will be responsible for the financial, administrative and operational effectiveness of the Theatre, and play a leading role in shaping our creative, social and commercial ambitions. Appropriate financial management experience essential. Candidates should, in particular, have the appropriate level of skills and experience to take responsibility for the financial reporting, accountability and financial security of an organisation with a £1.2m turnover. This includes setting annual budgets, working with outsourced support to create accurate and prompt quarterly management accounts and working with a part time finance assistant to ensure the accurate accounting of income and expenditure across a varied programme. We currently use SAGE Line 50 accounts software. The role is a Senior Management post, expected to help shape the business strategy and creative vision for the venue and to engage closely with the management and development of staff. The role currently holds HR responsibility for the building, although this is open for discussion. Other aspects of the role can, to a certain extent, focus around the skillset of the successful candidate. These include IT, managing service provision, building maintenance and Health and Safety. We would welcome applications from those with and those without specific experience of working in the arts. This is a full time role – some flexibility on working hours may be required.   Pay: £28,000 - £31,000 p/a, dependent on candidate and level of experience. Closing Date: Tuesday September 2nd 2014 Contact Details:  For information pack and application details please contact Jo or Faye on 01608 642349 or administration@chippingnortontheatre.com
  • More Jobs going at The Theatre
    Bass Player Chipping Norton Theatre are looking for a relatively local upright bass player to share the run of our Christmas show – Mother Goose – this year. Production – Mother Goose by Ben Crocker – original, traditional pantomime – voted in the Telegraph’s Top 10 UK Christmas Shows for 5 years running. Directed by John Terry Composed by Sarah Travis (Tony Award winning composer, regular collaborator with John Doyle and Craig Revel-Horwood) MD/Pianist – Peter Pontzen Details of the job: Playing upright bass and occasional electric bass (plus additional bits and bobs by mutual agreement – eg percussion) as part of a live pit band. This job would be shared with another local player. This would total 16 days work across the winter season, and a fee of £1440 (both players would be paid at the same rate per day). Further renegotiation on dates may well be possible. Schedule: November 10 – Rehearsal call 11 – Rehearsal call 12 - Tech - both 13 - Tech - cover 14 - Tech - both 15 - Dress 1 - cover 17 - Dress 2 & 3  22 - cover 25 - cover 29 - cover Dec 2 - cover 4 - cover 6 - cover 13 - cover 26 - cover 30 - cover Jan 10 - cover Please send CV to harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com before 8th August      
  • Box Office Maintenance Thurs 24th July
    Please note that due to system maintenance, communications and bookings (including online bookings) may be interrupted throughout the day.    We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will endeavour to take telephone and inperson bookings when possible.
  • We need Pippins for Mother Goose!!
      WE NEED YOUNG ACTORS FOR MOTHER GOOSE! Auditions: Wed 3rd and Thurs 4th September  5-7pm at The Theatre   Young actors (Pippins) have always played an integral role in the pantomime at Chipping Norton and unlike many other Christmas shows, they get great characters, lines and songs. This year we arelooking for 12 children between the ages of 8 and 14 to make up three teams as part of our company of professional actors.     Be prepared to play some fun drama games and if you can learn a short song off by heart to sing for us that would be great, it’s not too scary!    To be a Pippin you must be willing to act, dance and sing and to enter into the magic of pantomime!    The dates of rehearsals are Monday 27th October– 17th November, and performances are 18th November to the 11th January. They must be availible for the entire run.    Please ring our Box Office to let us know you're coming– 01608 642350   
  • Come and work with us on Mother Goose
    Lighting Designer Mother Goose at The Theatre Chipping Norton, Christmas 2014   Fee: £750 plus agreed expenses and accommodation where required. Contract begins: September 2014  Rehearsal Dates:  27th October 2014  – 18th November 2014  Performances: 18th November – 11th January.  Production: Mother Goose by Ben Crocker.  Directed by: John Terry  Designed by: Russell Craig  The Role: Create a single venue lighting design for our traditional Christmas panto. Using inhouse inventory, and working closely with Production Manager, Set Designer and Director, this design should add vivid colour, atmosphere and flair to the production. The role will be supported by a small inhouse technical team, but some hands-on involvement in programming/focussing etc is expected.  About The Theatre  The Theatre Chipping Norton is a 213 seater theatre and arts centre in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, welcoming over 50,000 people each year through its doors. It is both a receiving theatre and a producing house, and won both the 2009/10 TMA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Regional Theatre and the Oxfordshire Culture and Tourism Business of the Year in 2012. “This plucky rural venue has stubbornly refused to give up, punching well above its weight across the board” – The Stage.   The Show: Our annual pantomime is nationally recognised as one of the best, if not the best traditional Christmas panto. It has been listed in the Telegraph’s Top 10 UK Christmas shows for the last five years, and combines strong, character driven storytelling with all the colour and charisma of pantomime. Our creative teams tend to be drawn from a variety of disciplines including opera, musical theatre, film and straight theatre, bringing different styles and influences to bear on a rich and striking design.  ‘Perfect proper Panto” The Times  This year’s production is Mother Goose, written by Ben Crocker with original music by Tony Award winning composer Sarah Travis. We have decided to set it in Scandinavia, with Moose, snowmen, and woolly jumpers galore.  Contact Information: Please send CV and covering letter to Harriet Mackie (Creative Producer) 01608 649 105 harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com   Deadline: 21st July 2014     Theatrical Projectionist (for live show) Mother Goose at The Theatre Chipping Norton, Christmas 2014   Fee: £750 plus agreed expenses and accommodation where required. Contract begins: September 2014  Rehearsal Dates:  27th October 2014  – 18th November 2014 Performances: 18th November – 11th January. Production: Mother Goose by Ben Crocker. Directed by: John Terry Designed by: Russell Craig The Role: Creating filmed content, and supervising its projection as part of our annual pantomime. This includes a prologue for each act with characters from the show. The content should be professionally produced and edited, and presented in a style and format that suits the style of the show. The projectionist would liaise with the set designer in July/August to discuss placement of screens and projectors, and advise the inhouse technical team on suitable equipment. The projectionist would be responsible for the projected media thriving as a professional and integrated part of the show. We are looking for someone with a strong professional track record of providing projections for theatre shows.   About The Theatre The Theatre Chipping Norton is a 213 seater theatre and arts centre in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, welcoming over 50,000 people each year through its doors. It is both a receiving theatre and a producing house, and won both the 2009/10 TMA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Regional Theatre and the Oxfordshire Culture and Tourism Business of the Year in 2012.   “This plucky rural venue has stubbornly refused to give up, punching well above its weight across the board” – The Stage.   Recent productions have included Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (“Gorgeous and true… this is a very good show.  – Theatreworld) and The Glass Menagerie (“A gripping, well-acted, home-grown revival”  - The Oxford Times) and the fantastic Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in September 2013.   The Show: Our annual pantomime is nationally recognised as one of the best, if not the best traditional Christmas panto. It has been listed in the Telegraph’s Top 10 UK Christmas shows for the last five years, and combines strong, character driven storytelling with all the colour and charisma of pantomime. Our creative teams tend to be drawn from a variety of disciplines including opera, musical theatre, film and straight theatre, bringing different styles and influences to bear on a rich and striking design.   ‘Perfect proper Panto” The Times   This year’s production is Mother Goose, written by Ben Crocker with original music by Tony Award winning composer Sarah Travis. We have decided to set it in Scandinavia, with Moose, snowmen, and woolly jumpers galore. There are two written prologues which we aim to film and project, presenting two of the characters in a strongly stylised way – the content for this will need creating, editing and stylising to fit the mood. In addition, we would like to look at how projection might be used to add to other elements of the scenic design – eg snowfall, goose-feathers, northern lights etc.    Contact Information: Please send CV and covering letter to (Creative Producer) 01608 649 105 harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com Deadline: 21st July 2014
  • Job Vacancies!
    Deputy Box Office Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton is seeking a Deputy Box Office Manager to support the ticket-sales operation for our wide-ranging theatre, cinema and arts centre activities. Reporting to the Box Office Manager, this post shares day-to-day delivery of Box Office services, including selling tickets and achieving sales targets, along with staff and systems administration. The post-holder will deputise for the Box Office Manager in his absence. Essential skills: highly organised experience-based office administration, computer literacy, numeracy, an eye for detail. An interest in and understanding of performing arts. Desirable skills: experience of an entertainment Box Office environment, with knowledge of box office/ticketing systems (preferably Databox). However, training on specific systems and packages will be provided as required. Key qualities: a confident, relaxed and personable manner, initiative, diplomacy, a clear telephone voice, articulate, reliable, a conscientious team player. Salary range: £14-15,000 p.a. full time. Applications (by brief CV and covering letter/email) by 10 a.m. Monday 2nd June 2014. For information pack and to apply contact Ambereene Hitchcox, Head of Operations on 01608 649101 or email operations@chippingnortontheatre.com Duty Manager – part time c. 25 hours per week. 4 month contract. £9,700 per annum pro-rata for 4 months Chipping Norton Theatre is looking for a part-time DM to support its Front of House team short-term. You will be managing the building before and during shows and film screenings, responsible on the spot for building and personal security, and for a team of bar staff and volunteer ushers working with you.  You must be willing to do shifts late afternoon through to late evening, to work some weekends and preferably be available some daytimes. Rota and actual hours per week will vary but to some extent can be worked around other commitments. Personal qualities required: Calm, confident but diplomatic, polite, honest, reliable & conscientious, sensitive occasional team leader, smartly presented. Job Skills:  Experience of senior level customer care work and interest in this, Experience of public-facing hospitality work, ability to take charge of a team in a busy environment, computer literacy, numeracy, strong clear communication skills. Basic First Aid training and knowledge of Health and Safety at Work regulations an advantage. Apply by email with brief CV and covering letter to operations@chippingnortontheatre.com. Closing date Friday 23rd May 2014.