A group of amateur actors are adding a touch of drama to the fund-raising for a project to expand a valued community shop.
The Camps Amateur Theatrical Society (CATS) has offered its services to help take forward plans for an extension to Hundon Village Shop, a project costing about £55,000 - £33,000 of which is yet to be raised.
CATS will be staging a one-night-only performance of its latest play, Robin Hood, at Hundon Village Hall at 4pm on Sunday, March 22.
Proceeds will be split 50/50 between the shop project and CATS, which needs the money for improving its own facilities at its Castle Camps base.
Trevor Bishop, CATS chairman explained: “One of the Hundon (community shop fund-raising) committee is very friendly, or related to our secretary and we found out they are trying to raise money and we are trying to raise money and they said, if you are prepared to put a show on we can split the proceeds 50/50 and everybody is happy.
“It may be the first of possibly a few more, but who knows.”
Hundon Village Shop trades as a community shop - it is staffed by a team of more than 60 volunteers and just one paid employee, Karen Snow, the part-time manager.
Since it opened in 2000 it has essentially remained unaltered but all that is due to change - once the £55,000 required has been raised.
Jill Brown, a member of the shop’s fund-raising committee and one of its volunteers, explained that donations, the shop’s Christmas Draw and its own funds have helped bring in £22,000 so far, but more is needed.
She added: “We estimate we have another £33,000 to raise before we can start the extension and that’s why we need everyone in the village to get involved.
“The shop belongs to the village and even if you don’t use it regularly it impacts on your house prices and other parts of our lives.
“It is the reason many people move to Hundon and is the envy of many other villages.”
The project involves increasing the floor space of the shop by building an extension, for which planning permission has been approved.
This will allow its product range to be increased - many of which have been chosen by its customers - thereby increasing the turnover and drawing in more customers from Hundon and other villages.
With profits increased, it would also allow the shop to employ additional paid part-time local staff, ensuring it is kept open and providing employment within the village.
The fund-raising committee has plans to apply for further grants and to organise other fund-raising events and would welcome ideas, support and donations to help it achieve its goal.
Sunday’s performance of Robin Hood will also include refreshments, a raffle, and the bar will be open.
Tickets are on sale at the shop, at £6 per adult and £4 per child aged 14 or under. Doors open at 3.30pm.
To reserve a ticket call the shop on 01440 786223.
Anyone who would like more details about the play or can help with the fund-raising in any way should call Jill Brown on 01440 786489.