Villagers flushed with success

CLAYDON villagers were feeling flush today after raising £35,000 for new toilets.The pennies will be spent on improving and updating the Claydon and Barham village hall to comply with incoming disability discrimination laws.

CLAYDON villagers were feeling flush today after raising £35,000 for new toilets.

The pennies will be spent on improving and updating the Claydon and Barham village hall to comply with incoming disability discrimination laws.

It follows a nine-month campaign to raise cash for the project, which has received backing from many community groups as well as lottery funding.

Maureen Swale, secretary of the hall, said: "We're over the moon about this because this is something that has to be put in otherwise the hall would have to be closed.

"All facilities have to be accessible to all of the population and this will make the hall comply with this."

Mrs Swale praised the role of parish council chairwoman Carol Lay in achieving the target, who wrote to numerous organisations to apply for money.

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Cash also poured in from Mid Suffolk council, county councillor John Field's locality fund and local parish councils.

It is hoped building work will start by the end of January and will not disrupt current activities that take place at the hall.

Attention is now being switched to raising a further £18,000 to build another extension on late nineteenth century building.

This will hope to create additional storage space as well as improving existing toilet facilities for current users.

One of those, Barclay Music Makers, will perform a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the venue later this month.

It will run from 7.30pm on January 23 and 30 and from 2.30pm on January 24 and 31. For tickets, which cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, call 01473 830538.

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