A Chipping Norton theatre is hoping to get back to it’s best after teaming up with a local retirement home provider.

McCarthy Stone has been announced as this year’s community partner for The Theatre Chipping Norton.

The partnership will see the theatre receive a £2,500 donation, which will go towards it’s community workshop, Take Part.

The Take Part initiative is a varied programme of activities taking place throughout the year aimed at people of all ages and abilities.

Graeme Williamson, fundraising advisor from The Theatre Chipping Norton says: “The Coronavirus pandemic forced the theatre industry as a whole into a devastating period of uncertainty and as a local theatre, we faced enormous challenges.

“By launching our Take Part programme for 2022 we are hoping to give the local community the opportunity to get creative, inspired and excited by the arts once again.”

He added: “By welcoming McCarthy Stone as our Community Partner for the year ahead and the much needed £2,500 donation, we are extremely grateful to be in a position to once again become the thriving and creative hub for Chipping Norton and its surrounding areas. Whether it’s enabling a young person to develop valuable life skills, combating isolation by providing a safe and creative space for older people, or offering a local family the chance to experience the joy of live theatre, The Theatre Chipping Norton is and will always be, a vital resource for many.”

McCarthy Stone is responsible for Watson Place Retirement Living in Chipping Norton, as well as Hawkesbury Place

Watson Place Retirement Living Plus development in Chipping Norton and Hawkesbury Place development in Stow-on-the-Wold,

Debby Pavitt, the company’s divisional sales and marketing director, said: “Supporting the local community is an intrinsic part of everything we do and so partnering with The Theatre Chipping Norton was a natural fit.

“By participating in creative arts, older adults can improve their overall health and well-being as well as boost their sense of independence so we are delighted to be working so closely with the theatre to help with the exciting Take Part project for 2022. We are also looking forward to hosting Take Part sessions at Watson Place and Hawkesbury Place later in the year.”