Panto season in Walsham-le-Willows could see fairytale endings for sports club and village hall projects

Back Row left to right: Emma Baker (Director and Co-writer, Student at West Suffolk College), Louisa Baker, Ellie Kurton, Ros Withers, Abbey Kurton (Director and Co-writer, Student at Thurston College) Bottom Row left to right: Maddie Cousins, Georgie Luppi, Daisy the Cow
Back Row left to right: Emma Baker (Director and Co-writer, Student at West Suffolk College), Louisa Baker, Ellie Kurton, Ros Withers, Abbey Kurton (Director and Co-writer, Student at Thurston College) Bottom Row left to right: Maddie Cousins, Georgie Luppi, Daisy the Cow
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It is panto season in Walsham-le-Willows and there is set to be fairytale endings to community and sports projects in the coming months.

The village is also gearing up for its panto next week, which has been written by A level drama students Abbey Kurton and Emma Baker who are both members of the Walsham Drama Group.

Happily Ever After That is the story of what happens after the fairytale endings of the popular pantos we know and love.

The panto is on at Church Farm Barn in Walsham-le-Willows from Thursday (21) to Saturday (23).

Evening performances start at 7.30pm while a Saturday matinee is on at 1.30pm.

Tickets cost £6 and are available from Rolfe’s Butchers in Walsham or from Donna Lockyer on 01359 25943.

It could also be happily ever a the village hall where funds for a new toilet block are coming to fruition.

Having extended the hall in 2011 and laid a new carpark in 2004, the community council which runs the hall is now raising cash to completely rebuild the toilet block.

So far it has raised £37,000 in 12 months towards the estimated £50,000 costs.

Among the fund-raising activities is acoffee shop, set up in the village hall to provide a meeting place. Some £2,500 of the proceeds raised so far have gone towards the loo project.

“We are just waiting on a grant application.

“If we get that we can get the work done hopefully before Christmas,” said Rob Barber, chairman of the community council.

“We are a vibrant village. There is a huge ground swell of goodwill here.

“We had one couple Ray and Joan Freeborn who came to the coffee shop noticed we had a spare corner outside and said ‘That would make a lovely garden’.

“They created it for us at no cost.

“Two months after finishing the garden Ray died from cancer.”

The garden donated to the village in his memory was opened by his wife Joan at last year’s village open gardens.

Meanwhile a project to create a new pavillion and changing rooms could also be completed this year.

Ian Campbell, chairman of the Walsham Sports Club said it followed on from a 2011 project to get a new playing field.

“We are trying to get the money together. A number of panels meet this month. If all goes to plan we should get the £100-120,000 required then it should be built in the summer,” Mr Campbell said.