The "Pompadour Players" were started just before the Home Guard stood down. Founder members were Home Guard personnel, wives, relatives and friends. Their first production "The Ghost Train" was presented at St. Mary's Hall, South Benfleet and at the Rio Cinema, Canvey, in aid of Canvey War Memorial Fund. The profit was approximately £50. At a later date, at the express invitation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, this show went on at the Carlton Hall, London. Another notable production in the early life of the "Pompadours" was “Tons of Money," first at Benfleet and then, by public demand, at Canvey.