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DECEMBER 2020

Have your say on Market Hill proposals The design concepts for the Market Hill area of Sudbury have gone on display in a shop window near to the area that could become a pedestrianfriendly space in the future.

Residents have been asked to have their say on proposals which reveal how Market Hill could be used for shoppers, visitors, and events. The new-look Market Hill area could boost footfall through the town to support shops and businesses, improve connectivity and town centre experience and become a focal point for the town.

Design concepts for Market Hill are available to view online

The design concepts were launched online last week and are now on display in the shop window at 10 Old Market Place, Sudbury. The display will provide an opportunity for residents visiting the town centre for exercise or essential shopping to view the plans in person. Despite a good initial response to the online public engagement, the deadline for responding has been extended to Monday 14 December. 5IF QSPQPTBMT GPS .BSLFU )JMM SFWFBM B ÚFYJCMF layout with three distinct areas which could be used individually or combined for events and

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market days. The design concepts have been developed using feedback from the ‘What Next for Sudbury?’ exhibition held earlier this year and from partners in the Sudbury Vision Steering Group. Local businesses, retailers and stakeholders have already had an PQQPSUVOJUZ UP DPNNFOU PO UIF QMBOT JO UIF Ă™STU QIBTF PG FOHBHFNFOU earlier this autumn. Babergh District Council, working in partnership with Suffolk County Council, commissioned WSP Consultants to develop the plans as part of the wider Sudbury Vision programme. Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and Chair of the Sudbury Vision Steering Group, Cllr Michael Holt said: “With social distancing restrictions in place, we are unable to hold a public exhibition in the same way we did earlier this year. I encourage residents to view the proposals either online or on the displays if they are visiting the town centre for essential shopping or exercise and have their say before Monday 14 December.â€? At the start of this year, a public exhibition ‘What Next for Sudbury?’ welcomed over 800 people who had the opportunity to see and comment of a range of projects. The proposals for Market Hill and associated questionnaire will be available to access through Babergh District Council’s website and feedback must be submitted by 5pm on 14 December 2020: https://www.babergh.gov. uk/markethillsurvey. Alternatively, the online survey can be downloaded and returned by email: markethillfeedback@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

Sudbury set to showcase silk project Sudbury residents can explore more of the town’s silk industry whilst out on their daily exercise – with woven panels crafted by Creative Young Weavers and the local community now on display. The Creative Young Weavers exhibition, housed in a shop window in the heart of the town, opened on November 2. Silk woven panels created by the project, funded by the Arts Council of England and Babergh District Council, will be on display until January 2021. Guided by local textile artist Frin Arnold, participants used mini looms to work with waste cardboard and silk selvedge generated by Sudbury’s silk weaving process. These workshops also provided opportunity for TDIPPMDIJMESFOUPĂ™OEPVUNPSFBCPVUUIFJOEVTUSZ This initiative follows the success of the recent Sudbury Silk Stories project – showcasing the talented local workforce who produce some of UIFĂ™OFTUTJMLDMPUIJOUIFXPSME Plans for Creative Young Weavers to begin in March were put on hold in response to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions. Following additional COVID-19 secure measures to ensure public safety, the initiative was remodelled, and the project was able to resume last month. Project co-ordinator Carole Creasey said “It was a challenge to remodel this project but we have been overwhelmed by the positive response and we are hugely grateful for the continuing support of Stephen Walters, Vanners and the community who all helped us to make this happen.â€? With some of the original schools no longer able to take part, supporters of the project and community groups were invited to contribute their own weaving sample for display. Groups, including Sudbury QH Women’s Institute, rallied together to provide 30 samples and this support continued when the project faced UIF DIBMMFOHF PG Ă™OEJOH B OFX WFOVF GPS UIF FYIJCJUJPO  EVF UP $07*% restrictions. An alternative space was found with help from local contacts including Sudbury Town Council and the Tourist Information Centre. The vacant shop unit at 2 Market Hill, opposite the library, has been kindly loaned to the project by Carter Jonas and Stephen Maguire. 5IFFYIJCJUJPOXJMMĂ™MMUIFTIPQXJOEPXBU.BSLFU)JMMBOEPSHBOJTFSTBSF FODPVSBHJOHUIFQVCMJDUPUBLFBTFMĂ™FJOGSPOUPGUIFEJTQMBZXIJMTUPVUPO their daily exercise. This can then be emailed or posted to social media using the information in the window – creating an online celebration and shining a spotlight on the town’s silk industry. For more information about Creative Young Weavers and Sudbury Silk Stories follow the project on Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.sudburysilkstories.com.

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Rotary Round-up Christmas Tree Festival It was with much disappointment that the decision was taken to not hold the annual Rotary Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s, because of continuing concerns about Coronavirus. This was despite having planned the event carefully to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors, and knowing that the festival raises most of the money which Rotary is able to donate to their chosen charities each year. Fees already received have been returned to potential exhibitors but we are grateful to those who have donated their fee to Rotary charities. Thank you.

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Twice weekly Zoom exercise classes ( Tues & Fri 9.30-10.30 am) with our Neuro Physiotherapist. Having planted 1,000 purple crocus corms, members pose with MP James Cartlidge and his wife (photo: Jerry Crawford) Crocus Planting While weekly meetings continue via a Zoom link, there was an opportunity for members to get together to help plant purple crocuses in readiness for next Spring’s World Polio Day. Gathering on the green area opposite The Croft, the group was joined by MP James Cartlidge and members of his family. Social distancing was observed and face masks worn as appropriate and the planting was completed in a very short space of time, on a dry and sunny morning in October. End Polio Campaign In 1985 Polio was still endemic, covering 125 countries with three types PGUIFEJTFBTF UZQFT BOE 0OMZPOFJOQFPQMFIBWFTZNQUPNT of the disease, which attacks the central nervous system. Type 2 was eradicated in 2015 and type 3 in 2019. This has only been possible through the on-going support and determination of Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to ensure vaccination programmes are put in place. By 2020, the only Polio endemic regions are Afghanistan and Pakisan, a comparatively small area on the world map, but still devastating to those who contract the disease. To succeed in eradicating Polio, 200 billion doses of oral vaccine still have to be administered to more than 400 million children in over 50 countries each and every year. There has to be zero cases of Polio and zero environmental samples before the world can be DFSUJÙFE1PMJPGSFF5PBDIJFWFUIJT 3PUBSZIBTDPNNJUUFEUPSBJTJOH million dollars each year to support global polio eradication. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation support the programme, doubling the amount raised by Rotary each year. In the UK there are approximately 120,000 survivors of Polio, including many who develop Post-Polio Syndrome after 30 to 40 years of having the disease. Rotary is working to identify and provide care for Polio survivors too.

Weekly Zoom conversation group (Friday 10.30-11.30am) with our Speech and Language Therapists. Monthly Zoom meetings for carers, held with our Mental Wellbeing therapist. In addition we have IT support for any member who feels they may need help in setting up their Ipad/tablet/ computer in order to participate in the above. Fortnightly news bulletins sent to all members, together with regular telephone contact with our volunteers. If you are interested in joining up as a member or simply wish to find out what we do and how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us: Sarahjane Lewis ( Manager) Telephone: 07434 931962 E mail : info@successafterstroke.org.uk

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Patz Dayz Owt Well, what a year 2020 turned out to be!! Out of a year’s four holidays and at least one day trip each month, we ended up going on two days out in January and February before the dreaded virus put a stop top it. I did have one day trip when the coaches were back on the road again, and in February 30 people had booked on it, to go on a lovely long ride to Sussex in September, and an open air venue, blue sky and sunshine all day long, only 8 passengers were willing to go. I am afraid that is what will happen if I tried to continue, so I am very sorry, but PAT’S DAYZ OWT has come to an end. Age and Health put together have not helped me to consider carrying on. Thirteen years of volunteering successfully in organizing day trips and 5 day holidays for a virus to put an end to it all, plus I have not had such good luck myself health wise this year either, which does not help. So, I am very sorry, but JU IBT BMM DPNF UP BO FOE  .Z ÙSTU IPMJEBZ HPU DBODFMMFE KVTU POF XFFL before we were due to go, the middle two really did not stand a chance to go, and the last lone was, thanks to Boris Johnson , cancelled with just two weeks to go. Any monies paid will be eventually returned to you, but I do not hold it myself, it was all passed on to the group company who did all the booking hotels coaches etc, - and owing to the virus are not at work at the moment, - but rest assured, all money is safe, and I will forward it once I receive it from them. I honestly do not think that even if I was willing to carry on I would not be able to get enough passengers willing to go to cover the cost of the coach. I would however, like to thank everyone who has travelled with me over the years, AS WITHOUT YOU THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A PAT’S DAYZ OWT.!!, and hope that you all enjoyed the outings as much as I did. It was a lot of work and responsibility, my proudest holiday was to Blackpool when I actually had three coaches and 126 passengers, and all staying in the same hotel at the same time, but the sad part was I had to leave poor hubby in hospital. I would like to thank Ron, my husband, for all his help, along with Steve, our driver, for many years giving us such comfortable rides, and his wife Karen when she could get time off work. Also, to Patrick, when he wasn’t working, who loved to help anyone, and was also very useful with helping luggage on our holidays. Lastly, I would like to thank Lester for helping with the adverts in the Sudbury and Melford magazine, often giving me a nudge that the time had come to do another entry. I sincerely hope you will all be able to enjoy Christmas 2020, and as I write this before December has been announced to our freedom or lockup has been arranged, may you enjoy your families to. I am lucky there, as all mine live close by. So, Happy Christmas, and may 2021 be a much improved year. HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL. Maybe we will meet one day. OVER AND OUT. Pat Bennett. 01787 310982 07887 868259 22patron24@gmail.com

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