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Short Throw Projection

08 January 2019 at 10:31

Short Throw ProjectionQuite a few of our customers are now using the Hitachi Short Throw Projector to produce their backdrops. The examples we have here were produced by Peter Barnes for the Cotswold Playhouse, I think you will agree that the effect is amazing!


OrchardThese pictures showcase what you can do with a static image, however Peter also used animations to great effect to give a dynamic and eyecatching scene. Your only probelm will be to make your actors more interesting!

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Nailsworth Remembrance Lighting

31 October 2018 at 10:46

Nailsworth Remembrance LightingWe've recently helped Nailsworth's residents to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The town’s clocktower and a nearby tree have been draped with poppies voluntarily knitted by the town’s residents.

Local Firefighters took on the intricate task of putting up the poppies on Sunday, to the gratitude of Bob Warner and Jane Luff of the Daisy Jane clothing shop. Chinnicks then lit the clocktower and trees with a lovely shade of red.

The idea for a knitted poppy display came last year from Tony Evans, the town crier for Nailsworth, and his wife Jenny.

They enlisted the help of Margaret Marshall, who runs Nailsworth Knitters, a small group that meets monthly. 
They put a call out on the Facebook group Nailsworth Chat & Information in about April 2017 and the response was overwhelming.
Members of the public were able to use a template pattern to help make the poppies, which are mostly made of red wool and black buttons, but knitters have also provided green woollen leaves. 
This year's display uses some of the poppies from last year's.
They had been stored by the fire service.

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Community pulls together to decorate Nailsworth War Memorial Clock with 7,000 poppies

27 October 2017 at 11:53

Nailsworth ClockChinnick Theatre Services has been involved with a community project in Nailsworth where we provided the lighting for the Clock Tower.

A cascade of poppies will adorn Nailsworth’s Clock Tower for this year’s Remembrance Day, after the knitters of the town, and beyond, created over 7,000 poppies.

Nailsworth’s Town Crier, Tony Evans and his wife Jenny wanted to make this year’s Remembrance extra special, particularly with the ongoing commemorations of the centenary of World War One, and create a ‘waterfall’ of poppies on the town centre clock.

So he enlisted the help of Margaret Marshall who runs Nailsworth Knitters, a small group which meets monthly at the Arkell Centre in Forest Green.

“We made a start,” explained Margaret. “But we realised just how many we would need and that we really did need some help.”

So they put the call out on Facebook, and the response was quite simply overwhelming.

Over the last year, knitters from as far away as Scotland have responded to the Nailsworth call for poppies.

“We appealed for red wool and black buttons, and they were delivered to the Town Information Centre which acted as a drop off point,” said Margaret.

Nailsworth groups have also got involved, with the town’s Rainbows group creating felted poppies.

A few blue cornflowers have been included, representing the French flower of remembrance, and a gift from Nailsworth’s twin town Leves.

The hand-knitted and crocheted poppies have been delivered to Jane Luff, at Daisy Jane shop, to be assembled into the cascades.

“It’s gone a bit bonkers,” said Jane.

“I’ve had 5,000 poppies handed to me, bag after bag.”

She’s been attaching them to garden netting, ready to assemble into 25 metres of cascading poppies from the town’s clock tower.

“It will be a sea of red,” she said.

“We are also going to decorate the tree and surrounding area with poppies.

“They have been made by people in Nailsworth, but also Stonehouse, Stroud and Minchinhampton, and as far as Yorkshire. Families have got involved,” said Jane, who has been spending her evenings attaching the poppies and assembling the cascade.

“Everyone has really embraced this idea and wanted to get involved. Margaret put out the call, and it seems people have really taken it to heart.

“It really has been a lovely response, it’s been fabulous. Ladies of all ages have got involved, with ladies in their 90s making some of the poppies.

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New Moving Heads in Action

05 September 2017 at 09:17

SharksThis month we are introducing into our hire stock Showtec's Shark Moving Heads. The Shark Wash One is a compact, affordable and reliable wash light for DJs, entertainers, clubs and bars.
Equipped with seven Q6 LEDs, all with RGBWA-UV colors, this small moving head creates countless color mixing possibilities. In addition, specially developed optical lenses ensure an excellent beam projection. Because of its compact dimensions, combined with the 25-degree lenses, the Shark Wash One is very suitable for venues with low ceilings.

The Shark Wash Zoom One is a compact RGBW wash light equipped with a motorized zoom from 6° to 36°. 

Thanks to seven RGBW power LEDs with high-grade optics this moving head offers an excellent colormix with a very high output. 
Weighing only 4.3 kg, this fixture can be transported and handled easily and because of a single mounting clamp, rigging can be done very quickly. 
All features and effects, like strobe, dimming and zoom, can be controlled via DMX or with the included IR remote control. An 8-channel personality allows for a basic light desk control of the Shark Wash Zoom One, and for full control, an extended 15-channel personality is also available.

Intelligently designed fixtures, easy to use by professional and non-professional users alike. Versatile macros and integrated sound-active programs are features and functionalities that will enable you to create amazing shows without any complex programming. 

All Showtec Shark moving heads are equipped with IFS Technology, allowing users full control of various Shark fixtures within a single setup.

If you would like to hire them, please take a look at their individual hire pages.

Shark Spot One  Shark Zoom Wash

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Corporate Events

06 June 2017 at 15:50

EventHere at Chinnicks we undertake to facilitate anything you can throw at us, so corporate event set-ups are a breeze. In these photos we have a 5.1 Sound System and a rear projected screen for making full presentations to delegates from the clients laptop. 

Obviously the client specified exactly what they wanted and here at Chinnicks we are able to source everything from the right coloured chairs to the specific sizes of tables required. These events can me manned by a technician but the set-up we devised for this particular client is relatively easy to use so the client was confident of using the equipment themselves throughout the day.



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RAF Fairford 2015

29 July 2015 at 10:59

Another year over ar RAF Fairford. Take a look at this year's theme and let us know what you think. 

RAF Fairford


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Job Vacancies

24 April 2015 at 14:58

Theatrical Services Technician

Chinnick Theatre Services has an opening for a technician to join our dedicated team. The successful candidate will ideally have some experience within the lighting, sound or AV industries but full training will be provided.

The role would require the candidate to be in charge of the hire department and workshop and also undertake installations on site when necessary, therefore some experience in fabrication/construction or electrical work would be an advantage. A familiarity with theatrical/AV equipment would also be of benefit.

The candidate must be physically fit, capable of working at height and be expected to work irregular hours. Some work will require time spent away from home and weekend work. Long shifts, late finishes and occasionally working on Sundays and bank holidays are expected at times but typically will be maintained within a 40 hour working week.


  • The ability to work in a team. This means being able to manage the expectations and demands of a number of people, and effectively communicating ideas and needs to them.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • A thorough understanding of the production process and theatre production techniques.
  • Knowledge of how to use modern lighting, sound and other technical equipment.
  • An interest in theatre.
  • Flexibility and the ability to improvise when faced with unexpected situations.
  • Attention to detail.


Although no formal qualifications are required for the role, we would expect at least a general education to GCSE level or above. The applicant will be expected to pass a DBS check upon a successful application and must hold a valid UK Drivers License. 

If you feel you have the abilities required to carry out this role we would like to hear from you. To apply, please send your CV and a covering note stating why you feel you have the qualities to take up this challenge to

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RAF Fairford, Royal Air Tattoo 2014

25 July 2014 at 11:33

Another year passes and another successful event at Fairford. This year was even more spectacular due to the Red Arrows 50th anniversary. Take a peek at some of the photos that we've taken!

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RAF Fairford

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Phoenix Festival

03 July 2013 at 09:38

The completely free two-day festival featured 21 local acts including internationally renowned metal band ‘Dealer’ (Sunday Headliners) and unique UK hip-hop duo ‘Profound Poets’.

The day wasn't just about eclectic music from the Cotswolds region either, with a host of local shops, pop-up stalls, traders, artists, food and drink experts and charities hosting stalls at the event.

The likes of Corium Ales had some of the regions finest hand-crafted bottled ales, Sam’s converted VW camper van champagne bar was providing cocktails and niche shops such as Japanese culture inspired Tokyo Dolls had a range of unique and beautiful gifts.

The activities village provided fun for everyone, including the young children. Visitors saw bouncy castles, gladiator jousting, human inflatable football table, sumo suits, African drumming, circus skills workshops and free-running demonstrations by FIDO.

The action packed event also featured a pop-up skate park supported by Decimal Skate Shop, open to anyone looking for an opportunity to show their skills and featured displays from some of Cirencester’s budding pro-skaters.

The festival, made possible thanks to support from Bromford and Cirencester Town Council, as well as charitable grants and local businesses, was set to be Cirencester’s answer to Glastonbury festival, also happening over the same weekend.

However what made the community bonanza different to the legendary Glastonbury festival is that Phoenix didn't have 100’s of full-time support staff behind the scenes, but 14 young people.

Led by Bromford’s Clare Bartlett, who has worked with hundreds of young people in the area, and Ozone Cirencester the Festival’s inception came about following workshops delivered by two social enterprises; Enabling Enterprise and We Do Ideas.

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Natstar Outdoor Lighting

14 May 2013 at 14:21

CTS was asked by Cheltenham National Star Collage to provide some outdoor lighting for an event last week. Edd Watton kindly forwarded these pictures to us so that we can share the kind of effect that can be achieved with our MBI's. As you can see, it's a striking effect. 



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Outdoor Lighting by CTS

10 January 2013 at 09:36

Saint Mary's Church WoodchesterOne aspect of CTS that many people are unaware of is that we undertake to provide outside lighting for various customers. 

The example you see here is from St Mary's Church in Woodchester for whom we provided all of their Christmas lighting during December 2012.

Whether our customers require their whole building lit like St Mary's Church or a single tree as William's Kitchen of Nailsworth had to enhance the entrance into the town, CTS has the knowledge and equipment to provide an effective solution.

A quick look through our Online Hire Catalogue will give you some idea of what is possible, from simple pea lights to City-painters or MBI Floodlighting, we can provide you with an amazing panorama of lighting for your event.

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Fireworks Season Success

14 November 2012 at 09:46

For Iceberg Fireworks, the pyrotechnics devision of CTS, this season ended at Wycliffe Preparatory School's annual event. As always the team provided a spectacular display that delighted all ages with a mixture of ground-based and aerial fireworks. 

Ann Widdows, the chairman of WPSPA kindly sent the following message;

"On behalf of the Wycliffe Preparatory School Parents Association, please can you pass onto Clive and his team our gratitude and enormous appreciation for the fantastic fireworks display on Saturday.  It was brilliant and from what I have heard, everyone, old and new parents, thought it was the best."

Amongst the other displays we carried out this season was the Gotherington Display. Again a hugely popular event that was a great success.

Gary Thompson of Gotherington kindly said:

"I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the show last Sunday - a great event and compliments keep coming in about how good the Fireworks were!

Please pass on my thanks to the team and put us into the diary for next year!"

As always, the event raised a substantial amount of money for good causes in Gotherington.

Iceberg Fireworks are available to provide displays all year round. Displays normally start around £800 for a short 5 minute display.
Please call us on 01453 750 350 for more information. 


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