Sudbury & Long Melford Community News, June 2024

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Council Chair Raises £3,280 for Men’s Shed Mental Health Charity

Babergh District Council Chair, Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, has presented a cheque for £3,280 to a charity supporting the mental health of men in the district.

During her term as Chair, Cllr Malvisi has hosted several fundraising events and thanks to the generous support of residents, was able to present the money to Adrian Beckham, Stour Valley Men’s Shed chairman at the Stour Vally Men’s Shed in Long Melford.

knowledge and skill sharing, a meeting place to share worries and concerns – as well as a lot of laughter.

Babergh District Council Chair, Cllr Malvisi, said “The Stour Valley Men’s Shed is going from strength to strength, but there is still a lot to do like making it watertight for this winter, which is why I hope the funds raised will go some way toward that goal.”

“This past year I have got to know many of the members, and they have left me feeling very humbled at their achievements. I have been honoured to help them.”

Stour Valley Men’s Shed Chairman, Adrian Beckham, said: “I would like to express on behalf of all at the SVMS our thanks and gratitude for all the help and advice we have received.

“With your help and guidance, I feel we have grown as a group and now can be considered as ‘as part of the community’. That’s a long

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Writing from the Rectory

May proved to be an extraordinarily busy month, and one where I found myself doing so many of the roles that you might envisage your archetypal Rector engaging in. In one week alone I found myself presiding over two baptisms, a wedding, a funeral, hosting a garden party and running Alpha – our questions and answers series held at

sure to many of you who do not go to church – and many who do – you might see Sunday as the vicar’s busiest day and ‘hatchings, matchings and dispatchings’ as the main tasks beyond running a service. Very rarely nowadays, do those traditional roles all come together in one week, as much more time is spent – as with many in work – on emails, calls, WhatsApp etc in the ordinary day to day business of running an organisation and maintaining buildings. What a joy and a privilege to spend more time with families and individuals

If you are wondering what goes on in your local church, why not take

our adult group with additional needs (Causeway) will be leading our service. The group meets on the last Monday of the month in the church hall at 7:30pm – if you know someone who might like to join,

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project Health & Wellness Event for Men, and at the Ballingdon Fete on Sunday 8th September, where we will have information stands. Of course, you can always pop by our Drop-in Café, details below.

a huge thank you to them both. The drop-in will be open both days for foresight, commitment and hard work here at Number 72. Do come along and wish them well on their retirement as they hand over the of the 72 building and during this time they have touched many lives through the help and support they have given families and individuals in the area. If you are one of these people, or even if you are not, drop in for a strawberry cream tea; no booking necessary. We look forward

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Rotary Round-up

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School will be visiting Hollow Trees Farm in Semer, thanks to Sudbury Rotary Club who are meeting the cost of the outing. The children will be able to follow the nature trail and each child will be given a bag of food so that they can feed the animals. They will end their visit, eating their packed lunches in the Barn, before the coach returns them to from the Rotary Club will accompanying the children on this special outing's

Attorney Made Simple’, a serious subject, but perhaps something which it is helpful for us all to consider. The fellowship meeting on 24

the Henny Swan for lunch. This idyllic journey along the River Stour, and leisurely trip.

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Symphony Orchestra Concert

6 pm on Sunday 30th June

Following on from Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s blockbuster spring concert in Sudbury Arts Centre their next concert

Blanchard will be the soloist in Mozart’s 1st Flute Concerto and the concert will also and Schubert’s Symphony no. 6. Mozart’s 1st Flute Concerto is a real gem.

in tune so composers often steered clear of it. That is unless they received a lucrative commission as was the case for Mozart. The

both virtuoso and lyrical playing. Mary Blanchard the soloist for the evening is truly local, living just up the road from Sudbury and having

was a leading regional music college with international soloists and teachers as part of its faculty. She is very active performing in local chamber groups and as soloist with Lavenham Sinfonia and other local orchestras.

the most popular work by Sweden’s most popular composer. It is then back to fast and fun. It’s the sort of music to make you smile and grin.

The evening ends with Schubert’s Symphony no. 6 in C, written when he was just 20 years old. Schubert’s symphonies were all published who did not quite believe the original scores and put in what they thought the music should have been. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra

absolutely full of tunes which appear, disappear and re-appear. The music is also full of contrast, soft to very soft (oh so hard to do) and then suddenly loud. It quickly goes from prim and stately to quite boisterous – great fun to play but you need your wits about you.

Tickets are available from Peddars (Market Hill, Sudbury), Sudbury Tourist Information (Town Hall), and from Ticketsource.

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Orchard Barn News

Learning from the past how to build a greener future

Hooray – we’ve reached half way up the Long House shingle roof of our reinstated 1580s Long House, which is to our new education space.

• 366 logs used with approximately 30 shingles per log

• Sweet chestnut coppiced from near Ipswich

• Carbon locked into the roof

An Architect who attended one of our shingle making courses has even started to recommend shingles for roofs where hail has

Volunteers are needed to complete the other half of our roof!

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Our Biggest yet, Do we do it again next year and try to beat that??

Wonka, well they both make chocolate lol. After Discussion with

the background we have decided to try and keep Wednesday trips to see if the numbers build back up whilst also keeping Saturday trips, These will be marked with a (W) or (S) on our 2025 sheets.

This Year:

June 19th Windsor £25pp July 17th August 14th

£15pp August 27th Chessington World Of Adventures (Coach Only) £20pp September 28th Waverley Boat Ride * We've Finally got a October 21-25th 5 Day Holiday to Edinburgh £470pp (£50 Non refundable deposit) November 2nd November Thursford Saturday 9th

£82pp November Thursford Wednesday 13th November

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Facts And Figures From The Past

of this book were circulated to promote the town and surrounding area. The cost was

to make it fully comprehensible and to convey a responsible digest of all relevant information needed by the businessman or resident, whether potential or established”.

a thriving market town with a population of approximately 7,000 and a shopping

The Town Clerk and Housing Manager

Bellview House .The Borough Treasurer was of Health was Dr E Kinnear .Tony Moore was the Hon Secretary of The Chamber of Commerce the same Tony Moore who was Mayor of Sudbury. It was interesting to note that all the senior employees mentioned, only their names and initials were given, but no indication of whether they were male or

We had two hospitals, St Leonard’s Hospital and Walnuttree Hospital, a County Court and a Magistrates Court, and a Court collecting

I was also given a record of deliveries of babies born in St Leonard’s Hospital by a lovely lady who was a midwife there. These records are not to be destroyed, but due to data information cannot be viewed at present. I have placed them safely in the hands of the Ephemera Archive volunteers who care for our information from the past. There were so many businesses that have long since disappeared, far too many to list here, however many of these were in North Street

Acton Square Building Supplies? I also noted that all their telephone numbers only consisted of four numbers.

Sue Ayres

Paying tribute to John Phillips, Gostart founder

It is with heavy hearts that the that our Founder and the engine

tirelessly for the charity for 13 years, as well as contributing to many other community activities.

example. The best tribute we can give is to continue to provide vital journeys in Sudbury and the surrounding villages.

disability. We support journeys for a wide range of activities including medical, social and shopping. For more information about how we

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Reading Quest 2024

and bespoke summer reading programme for 20024. We want the summer to be a positive and engaging opportunity for children aged 2-12 to try new reading activities and experiences. Ideally, the entire family will get involved and share the joys of reading for pleasure across the 6 week holiday.

for as well as a few charming additions.

Children will be encouraged to take part in activities and experiences across the summer ranging from ‘reading under the covers with a torch’ to ‘choosing a recipe book and making something together as a family’. There are dozens to choose from and the hope is that families will actively engage with reading for pleasure together.

about what they read, what activites they completed and how they spent time with family.

Children will read as many books as they would like over the summer holidays. The activities and experiences are there to encourage families to get involved, for children to see the overall genres and types of reading material.

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Ebony’s Blog Life at The Shelley Centre

so now is the time to consider volunteering with us. The Centre relies on our diverse and friendly team of volunteers for almost everything it does. We are currently looking for help with our riders, horses, basic maintenance and fundraising. Why not ring the Centre to arrange a visit to discuss how you could share your talents and help our amazing charity? Working with our disabled riders only requires a commitment of half a day per week during term time and is immensely rewarding. Training is given so you don’t need to have

In May we held a very enjoyable Charity Walk in the beautiful

Over £750 was raised. We were also at the Hadleigh Show selling homemade produce and plants – all made/grown by our volunteers. Our next fundraiser will be the Family Music Day on 25th August at Stratford St Mary. Come and relax in the sun (we hope), eat, drink, dance and enjoy American/soul music. Tickets available from https: // – more details on our website. This term our horses and riders are enjoying the better weather as we prepare for our internal competitions. All riders, no matter what

is so rewarding to see riders’ progressing to the stage where some can do a dressage test or obstacle course without any help from the volunteer helpers.

ones that are suited to the tasks they need to perform. It requires a special animal to be a Riding for the Disabled horse and recently two larger horses went back home as they didn’t take the role. We have another large horse, Bill, on loan at present and are introducing small ponies for our younger riders. Meanwhile our established horses continue to be well looked after and provide therapy for our disabled riders. Our abled-bodied riding team help look after them at

rides out in the countryside rather than just at the Centre. Website: Telephone: 01473 824172

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a home for Lizzie, a pretty, but shy, tabby cat that has been with us since last summer

She is slow to come to you, hardly surprising after being cast aside, yet another casualty of the pandemic. She arrived pregnant and with

for that special someone with the patience and love she deserves. We can loan a large crate to house Lizzie as she is introduced into her new home.

looking for a loving home with a comfy sofa. If you could be the perfect person for them or our pandemic puss, please visit them between 10am and 1pm, Thursday to Sunday.

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Cutting Edge

Andy Dodds one of the groundsmen at Sudbury Cricket

Sudbury’s head groundsman David Oakes is also the chairman

part of the County structure and whose objective is to run training courses for potential groundsmen, many of today’s club groundsmen have attended these courses

Back to the cricket Sudbury have had a mixed start to their season, the 1stXI sit midtable having won two and lost two, the second and third teams are are 2023 league champions are unbeaten after two games. The team is lead by New Zealander Emily Cunningham, over here for her second season. Sudbury born Emily left here for New Zealand at a young age and is now playing professionally. Her father Steve played for Sudbury in the 70’s and is now representing New Zealand at over 60’s, he has just returned home and would be sad not to have Sunday League (Sudbury don’t play in this competition)

watching one or two Sudbury players representing their county.


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Put the 10th June 2024 in your diary for the launch of our new lunch menus

Whether you fancy a flavorful lunch from our A la carte menu or if you are looking for something a little more relaxed you can enjoy our new garden menu (Available Monday to Saturday)

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Befriending Scheme

The Befriending Scheme (a Sudbury based

called Red Rose Community Farm.

outdoor learning environment which is accessible to a wide range of vulnerable individuals and groups, such as adults and young people who have a learning disability, children who have special educational needs and their families, and people struggling with poor mental health.

engage in meaningful activities, members can gain a recognised and vegetables, cooking and team working. All of this whilst building friendships.

experience such as being involved in farmers markets and partnerships with local businesses. All of our groups are small, relaxed, fully supported and friendly, providing members with an experienced team.

The farm is home to a growing array of animals including goats,

Volunteers are an integral part of The Befriending Scheme. We are looking for a range of volunteers to help with DIY / farm maintenance and support with group work. We also need volunteers for our One to One Befriending Service. If you would like to volunteer please get

What an exciting time to join in with all that they have going on across for more information.

Cavendish Gardens Open

Come along to the beautiful village of Cavendish over the weekend

20 gardens will be open to stroll around.

Entrance by programme, £6 per person for both days payable by cash on the day. Children free. Sorry, no dogs.

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Citizen's Advice column

We’re booking a summer holiday to Spain. It’s been a while since we’ve gone on holiday, and we really don’t want anything to go wrong. What can we do to protect ourselves and prepare for the unexpected?

The chances are you’ll have the relaxing holiday you deserve, but there are a few things you can do in advance to help your holiday go smoothly. That includes the golden rule of getting travel insurance and brushing up on what your rights are if something goes wrong. can take several weeks so you don’t want to leave this until the last minute. You can check the validity of your passport for your trip travelling to .

no longer accept passports that are more than ten years old. If your passport was issued pre-Brexit then the expiry date might be more than ten years from the issue date, but if it’s older than ten years, you’ll need to get it renewed for EU travel - even if it’s still in date. Flight delays and cancellations could happen to any of us, so it’s delayed long enough, your airline has to give you access to food and drink vouchers, phone calls and emails, and accommodation if you’re

Bags going missing is another classic holiday nightmare. But you do have a right to compensation if your airline delays, loses or damages your checked-in luggage. The Citizens Advice website shows you how to do this .

You might also get compensation for other things, like a day trip getting cancelled, or if you paid for a deluxe room but only got a standard one. This will depend on whether you booked a package holiday, made ‘linked travel arrangements’ or organised the holiday yourself as an independent traveller, so it’s worth checking to see what compensation you can get .

Finally, Citizens Advice says you should get travel insurance, as it can

lost luggage, but also things like a holiday cancellation and medical emergencies. You should get insurance as soon as you book a holiday if you’re covered for what you need through an existing insurance policy or through your bank account.

Hopefully you won’t face any problems while on holiday, but early planning and preparations can go a long way. If something goes wrong and you need advice on a consumer problem, check the Citizens Advice website . For more information visit the Citizens Advice website at www.

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Gainsborough House Water Portals: Henry Driver

Jason’s Acoustic Events

Sudbury Ramblers

Hadleigh to Kersey circular walk

ActivLives Grow Your Wellbeing


Grow Your Community

Sudbury & Gt Cornard Sudbury

ActivLives Grow Your Community Sudbury & Gt Cornard

Come and volunteer as part of our welcoming group to keep the park

Social & wellbeing group

‘Create’ by the Bridge, Borehamgate Precinct,

FREE Lunchtime Concerts

St Gregory School Choir

Warm Welcome Coffee Club

Suffolk Carers Natter

Painters Café at The Angel,

An evening with the Author of Material Literacy in 18thC Britain A Nation of Makers – Serena Dyer Walk ‘N’ Water Sudbury & Henny Riverside Under the Surface Multimedia Event

Meet-Up Mondays

The Christopher Centre

Support & a friendly listening ear for

All welcome, no charge

The Quay Book Club

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Deaf Social Group

Shared Reading Group

2pm, free

The Quay Chess Club

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Sporting Memories Club

Free weekly club for people to reminisce

An evening with local Author of The Secret Sister – Liz Trenow

Kettle & Fish month

Working Age / Young Onset Group

Step into the Sudbury Story Guided Tour

The Christopher Centre C’art (Cake and Art Fiona Bevan & Adam Beattie

Information, Live Music – Carter Sampson

FREE Lunchtime Concerts

Steve Calder

Sudbury Ramblers

Warm Welcome Coffee Club

Suffolk Carers Natter

Green Sundays

Green Sundays is eco market with a crafty twist!

Saturday Stitch Club

All Saints Church’s Open Day

treasure hunt, craft activities, Church St, Sudbury

Sudbury Sale Trail

Sell your unwanted items from outside

Sudbury Ephemera Archive through donated documents

Sudbury Ramblers Linear walk from Campsey Ash to Woodbridge

You’re Welcome

The Business Case for Sustainability with Sudbury Town Council

FREE Lunchtime Concerts Angels Delight

Sudbury Ramblers

Gestingthorpe Roman villa tour


OM chanting & British Sign Language Social group for beginners

The Quay Play Readers

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Painters Café at The Angel, The Sudbury Society

Yoga with Bryony


Chasin’ Rainbows

Sudbury Farmers Market

Gainsborough House

Saturday Art Club

Telephone Sudbury Community News on 01473 652354 18
Kindly supplied by Sudbury Town Council

What’s on in surrounding villages…


2-4pm, free

Schedules from Sudbury

Tourist Info


Music for a Summer Evening

Cogan, Piano

The Suffolk Art Society


The Church of St Peter & St Paul,

Open Air Service

3pm talk

Summer of Art

Guided Walk Society

Bulmer brick yard

Melford Music presents Lunchtime Recitals

Holy Trinity Church, Long


Acton Garden Club

Summer Open Days, ‘Old Roses’

Daws Hall, Henny Road,


Health Walks – Clare

The Elgin String Quartet

Liston Church, Liston Lane,

Sudbury Artists’ Open Studios

Melford Music presents Lunchtime Recitals

Gypsy & classic pop

Holy Trinity Church, Long


Persuasion – Jane Austen

This My Theatre

Taste of East Anglia Food & Drink Festival

Free parking, dogs welcome

Melford Music presents Lunchtime Recitals


Holy Trinity Church, Long


Parkinson’s Support Group





Stevensons Centre, Gt Cornard,

Guided Parkland Walk


Long Melford Historical & Archaeological Society

Sharpening Solutions & Open Church

Sharpening for tools, scissors

Borley Bakes sales also Borley Church, Hall Road,

Lavenham Farmers Market

Winston’s Charity Summer Fair

Art by Torchlight Talk & Tour

Melford Music presents Lunchtime Recitals

from around the time of the church

Holy Trinity Church, Long

Discover Long Melford’s Secrets

Cavendish Open Gardens

Sorry, no dogs



Naval Talk


Hive Community Hub - Joy Abbott Hall (Old URC Church) School Street, Sudbury, CO10 2HA Entrance fee - £10 per person 19
A band (usually 7 members) playing guitar, ukulele and other string instruments plus percussion and harmonica. Members are aged from 30+ to 70+ and play for every type of event, from charity to beer festivals. Mainly 1920's to 1980's mixed music to suit most tastes.
talented group of
28 June 6.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m.
took their name from a song which was first performed in
by the Dallas
Orchestra, a song which became very
and will probably be the first that you hear from this
Telephone Sudbury Community News on 01473 652354 20

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