Pinewood do­na­tion to fund drama club’s fes­tive show

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

PINEWOOD Stu­dios has come to the res­cue of a drama club which was strug­gling to raise money to put on its an­nual pantomime.

Iver Heath Drama Club has been crowd­fund­ing in or­der to pay for its Jan­uary pro­duc­tion of Dick Whit­ting­ton, and has been re­ly­ing on do­na­tions from the pub­lic in or­der to help pay for cos­tumes, props and sets.

In­creas­ing costs and roy­al­ties have meant the club is strug­gling to get the money to­gether to put on the panto, as well as fu­ture pro­duc­tions.

How­ever, this week, Pinewood Stu­dios, based in Iver Heath, has do­nated £500 to the club, which will help it fund the pantomime as well as meet other costs.

Ann Ru­neck­les of Pinewood Stu­dios, said: “Let’s hope the paths to Iver Heath Drama Club, will, as they were for Dick, be paved with gold.”

Iver Heath Drama Club was founded in 1948 and its 30 mem­bers meet each week at Iver Heath Vil­lage Hall. It is funded by ticket sales but ris­ing over­heads have forced it to look at other ways to re­main open.

Ear­lier this year club mem­bers turned to so­cial me­dia ask­ing their neigh­bours to do­nate leftover paint to off­set the costs of dec­o­rat­ing its sets.

Pinewood Stu­dios said it gave the money to the club as part of its bid to sup­port and en­cour­age lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, and to en­sure the stu­dios are a help to the com­mu­nity.

Dick Whit­ting­ton will be per­formed on Jan­uary 30 and 31 and Fe­bru­ary 5 and 6.

To find out more, or to book tick­ets, go to www.ihdc.co.uk.

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