Community courts open - finally

Opening of new tennis courts at Stonham Aspal, with Roy Hudd!
Opening of new tennis courts at Stonham Aspal, with Roy Hudd!

TENNIS courts which have been unusable for a decade have finally been reopened after villagers raised more than £70,000 to refurbish them.

On Sunday, Roy Hudd visited Stonham Aspal to officially open the village tennis, basketball and netball courts.

Villager Charlotte Mallett started fund-raising three years ago with the task of finding the £72,000 needed to refurbish the old courts.

She said: “It will be nice to use them after all these years.

“I used to play on them as a child and now I have children I want something for them to use.”

The community raised £15,000 themselves and secured grants from numerous sources to revamp the sports facilities.

The courts are already proving popular, being used by villagers of all ages.