MAODS stalwarts retire after over 80 years combined service

Two of Mossley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s longest standing members, John Fletcher and John Buckley, have taken their final curtain call as Chairman and Secretary respectively.

The well respected duo can boast more than 80 years service between them with John Fletcher joining the Society just 12 months after its formation and John Fletcher in 1975 when he stepped in as an emergency Mother Goose!

Lee Brennan and Claire Egerton succeed as new Chairman and Secretary.

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Retiring chairman John Fletcher

John Fletcher spent two decades of his 45 years service as Chairman. Working in tandem with his fellow John, they formed MAODS’s now well established Next Generation Youth Theatre group in the late 1980s and helped secure the group’s rehearsal facility at Woodend Mill studio.

Speaking about his time with MAODS, he says: “It has been a great pleasure and a great honour to serve this wonderful organisation.

“And, despite all the personal and collective successes I’ve experienced along the way, my greatest pride is in witnessing a constant stream of young talent coming through our youth group.

“It’s wonderful to see all these youngsters improving their performance skills and becoming more self-confident, rounded individuals as they pass through Next Generation.

“I am confident that the new Chairman and Secretary have the ability and experience to take the Society on to even greater success.”

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Retiring secretary John Buckley

John Buckley, secretary for 36 years, added:“It all started when my wife Olwyn said [MAODS] had nobody to play a goose in Mother Goose. I said anyone can play a goose and I have never looked back!

“I’ve had a great time, found many new friends and enjoyed great camaraderie. The Next Generation members have kept me young and it’s been great to see so many from the society making what is truly a fantastic hobby into a profession.

“I will always be indebted to the society for such a great time but I have still many years left working behind the scenes.”

Their successors, Lee and Claire, have been active members of the Society for many years, involved in a number of our productions both as cast members and members of the production team.

Lee says: “Everyone at MAODS recognises the amazing work both John Fletcher and John Buckley have dedicated to the society and the wider community of Mossley.

“Without their commitment of over 80 years, jointly, the society wouldn’t be seen as the beacon it is within amateur theatre.

“Stepping into their shoes is both exciting and daunting. But we aim to build on their successes and push the boundaries of theatre, ensuring our audiences continue to have a great experience at our productions, and that we support our young members in learning and developing their skills.”

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