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This is the website of Betchworth Operatic and Dramatic Society, commonly known as 'BODS'. We are a friendly society with a long tradition of high-quality music and drama productions at Betchworth Memorial Hall (between Reigate and Dorking) as well as varied social events. Feel free to explore information here about our history, past productions and future plans. Then come and join us !

All Time Music Hall

Performances:Betchworth Village Hall 12/13th November 2021

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For our first show since 2019, BODS presents a selection of Music Hall  solo and company songs and monologues, together with some more contemporary music 

Musical Director and accompanist: Ian Stone
Director: Julie Bickerdike
Lighting: David Ames

Cast: Lynda Barrett-Mercer, Julie Bickerdike, John Bryant, Carolyn Burnley, David Eccles, Vicki Hodges, Jane Khan, Jane Johnson, Diane Mayall, Stephen Tickell, Sarah Weston

FOH: Alison Cooper, Angela Terribile, Jane Flanders, Roger & Kathy Wilman



The Merry Widow

Performances 13-16 November 2019

Director: Alison Cooper

Musical Director: Ian Stone

The Merry Widow is Franz Lehar's most popular and enchanting operetta. With dazzling melodies, wit and elegance the story unfolds as the fabulously wealthy widow, Anna, arrives in Paris. Pursued by numerous suitors, complications and misunderstandings abound when at an Embassy party, she rekindles her relationship with her old flame, Danilo. But, will he forsake the Grisettes, the famous dancing girls at Maxim’s, and declare his true feelings for Anna…?

An amateur production by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd (music adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer)


Anna Sarah Esser Haswell
Danilo Peter Thomas
Baron Zeta Trevor Allen
Valencienne Jane Khan
Camille David Clark
Njegus David Longes
St Brioche Andy Davis
Cascada Mark Edwards
Kromov Roger Nelson
Bogdanovitsch David Eccles
Olga Jane Seymour
Sylvia Jane Johnson
Praskovia Gini King

Diane Mayall, Sue Nelson, Margaret Longes

Diana Barnsley, Kathy Wilman, Linda Slater

Parisian Guests Pam Patch, Vicki Hodges, Edward Marston

Lighting: David Ames

Photography Mick Mercer

Privacy Policy for members and supporters

BODS is committed to protecting personal information. This Privacy Policy relates to our use of any personal information we collect from you when you become a Member or Supporter of the Society. Members pay a membership fee and Supporters are individuals who are involved in supporting the activities of the Society. This involvement includes (but is not limited to) scenery construction, costumes, properties, publicity, front of house arrangements, stage management, sound, lighting, direction, choreography, music and orchestra. Supporters also include lapsed members, as such members normally wish to remain in contact with the society and may wish to renew their membership at a future date.

The personal information we collect from you

We collect basic personal details such as your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, subscriptions and dates paid, standing order details. For Members, we may also take your photograph and ask you for your biography.

How we use information

We will use your information to send you newsletters, letters or emails to give you details of General Meetings, Shows, Rehearsals, Production Meetings and similar events that are likely to be of interest to you. Your name, and possibly photograph and biography, may appear in our show Programmes and newsletters. Your information may also be shared with our committee members (who are our Society’s Trustees). This use is in our ‘Legitimate Interest’. You will be aware that our show programmes are public documents and that our newsletters are shared amongst our membership and with our supporters. We will not share your information with other third parties without your consent.


We put in place reasonable security measures to protect against any unauthorised access or damage to, or disclosure or loss of, your information.

Your rights

Please let us know if your information changes as it is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and up to date.

We may keep your information after you leave BODS, in case you decide to later rejoin and take part again in our activities. However, you can ask us to remove your personal information from our records at any time and we will do so and stop sending you any further newsletters.

You have the right to request a copy of all the personal information we hold about you in a Subject Access Request. To do this, simply write to us at the address below. We will take all reasonable steps to confirm your identity before providing you with details of any personal information we may hold about you.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time; for example, to keep it up to date or to comply with legal requirements. If there will be any significant changes made to the use of your personal information in a manner different from that stated, we will seek your permission first.

How to contact us

For any questions or concerns relating to this Privacy Policy or our data protection practices, or to make a Subject Access Request, please contact us in one of these ways:

Preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by phone/post to the Secretary
Linda Slater
10 Lazell Gardens

This policy was last updated 31st May 2018

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