The Ottershaw Players sadly announce ,with much sorrow and regret, the recent death of one of our long-standing, most loyal and supportive members, Irene Stevenson, following sudden illness and treatment whilst on holiday in Spain, and subsequent hospitalisation back in UK at St. Peter’s Hospital. We send our condolences to husband ( Dr.) Ronald, and to their three daughters and families.
Irene , a Glasgow university graduate, was one of the very early members of the Ottershaw Players, joining soon after our formation in 1963. Irene had moved to Ottershaw in 1961 to assist husband Ronald set up and run the first GP Doctor Surgery in the village, in Southwood Avenue.
In the early days, Irene performed in, and actively assisted in various capacities, with early Players productions. Later, she served on the Committee, and was very involved with organising front of house, box-office, Catering(!) for our early farragos and social events, as well as “technical” stage crew roles such as wardrobe , props and make up. Long standing members ( a few of us still!) will also remember the splendid summer barbecues and swimming parties at Ron and Irene’s house – which usually ended up with lots of people (but never Irene!) in drenched , disarrayed deshabile and mild (!?) insobriety.
In more recent times, Irene has regularly brought groups of family, relatives, friends and neighbours to our productions and always gave encouraging words and comments afterwards to the performers and production teams. We will miss that kind of support in future.
There will be a Thanksgiving service celebrating Irene’s life at St Peter’s Church in Chertsey on Thursday 21st April at 1.30pm.