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Sit with Me scheme expands

The Corn Exchange Newbury is continuing its Sit with Me scheme this autumn to assist those who would like to see a show but who do not want to come on their own.

The scheme has been expanded and will now provide a door to door bus service for adults in the Newbury and Thatcham area, delivered through the Handybus scheme. The bus seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis and has limited availability so early booking is advised. It will pick patrons up and drop them home again for a nominal contribution of £1 on top of the ticket price.

At the selected live events, Sit with Me volunteers will be available beforehand to greet visitors from the bus, introduce them to other attendees, and will then watch the performance with them before helping them get safely on their way home.

Included in the autumn season are an evening with Countdown’s lexicographer Susie Dent (Thursday 20 September) and the chance to see Mig Kimpton create stunning floral arrangements in Festive Floral Roadshow (Tuesday 6 November). The hilarious Le Navet Bete also returns with Dick Tracy: A Comedy Caper(Thursday 11 October).

Sit with Me is suitable for adults who would like to watch events as part of a friendly group or to meet new people with similar interests.

Amy Pattison, Ageing Creatively Coordinator, says: ‘The Ageing Creatively team at the Corn Exchange works hard to ensure that everyone has access to our shows. In response to feedback, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Newbury and Thatcham Handybus scheme to provide transport to patrons unable to come to the theatre due to transport issues.’

Those interested in taking part in this initiative should contact the Corn Exchange Box Office in person or over the phone on 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge), and quote ‘Sit With Me’ when booking seats for valid shows

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