Star returns to raise funds

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A TALENTED singer has returned to her home village to help raise funds for a new hall.

Some £300,000 needs to be raised for Drinkstone to be able to start building. A new hall has been needed in the village since last September when the old building caught fire.

Main parts of the hall, which had been in use for 87 years, were salvaged and are being rebuilt as part of the Stow Maries Aerodrome Museum in Essex.

Plans were already in place to build a new hall on land behind the old one but the fire left the village without a focal point for the community. Events that took place in the hall have had to be relocated to the church or nearby villages.

Sue Foulsham, chairman of the Drinkstone war memorial institute, said the village is ‘raising in earnest’ after a trying year. If enough funds are raised over the next couple of months, work on the hall could possibly start in the autumn.

Laura Pooley has returned to the village and has offered to give a concert with fellow singers from the Welsh National Opera to raise funds. Laura has performed in 35 operas with the company, taking several solo roles. In August of this year she won the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod in Wales.

The concert will take place on August 28 at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church in Drinkstone.

Tickets to the event are £12 each, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink at the interval. To book tickets, or for more information, phone 01449 736690.