Sudbury & Long Melford Community News, May 2024

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Join us at the Hadleigh Show on Saturday 18 May

The show is ready to go at the beautiful Holbecks Park in Hadleigh. Exhibitor entries are in and preparing to wow the crowds with their skills on horseback, with cattle, sheep, donkeys and heavy horses all booked and looking to be an incredible display of the traditional elements of the agricultural world. Tradestands are full to capacity with something for everyone on the showground, food, clothes, gardening, shopping, local businesses and much more all there for everyone.

We have so much going on with the brilliant Stannage Stunt Display Team on hand to impress us, our brilliant machinery display, vintage machinery, gun dogs, terriers, the

Sheep Show and much more in the rings to entertain you.

We will have music and action across the showground once again this year with an all new Food in the Field eating area, a couple of changes in our ring layouts and with a happy feel our main aim for the 2024 show, there will be music and action across the show ground with something for everyone.

Around the showground we have Stocks Fair back with us again, open on the Friday evening and Sunday of the show weekend, rural crafts, floral marquee, horticulture tent, education tent, art show and lots more including shopping and eating. Tickets

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News from the Sudbury History Society

Our History talk this month will be by local historian, Kevin Pulford, on “Orlando Whistlecraft - Weather Prophet”

10am on Wednesday 8th May 2024

The Granary, Barratt Room

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Writing from the Rectory - May 2024

In 1815 Mount Tambora in Indonesia erupted, with volcanic ash and rock blasting up and across a radius of 20km, causing massive devastation and drifting high up in the atmosphere across the planet. The following year was known in Europe as ‘the year with no summer’. Winter conditions persisted through the summer months causing further hardship to a warweary continent. There was 150 km3 of volcanic debris - enough to cover the whole of Great Britain knee deep in ash.

The link between the eruption and the ruined harvest was not known at the time, but this reminds me of two things: the interconnectedness of our shared existence and that a deeper explanation might only come to light decades later.

Life often only makes sense backwards. Do we interpret God’s love in the light of our circumstances, or can we turn that around and interpret our circumstances in the light of God’s love? I have found the second approach far more fruitful and to be more in line with the bible. Being heavenly minded does not make us of no earthly use. On the contrary I find that those who place their trust in the creator God are more likely to become a non-anxious presence in our hurried society – those who put their trust in the resurrected Jesus are less concerned with their own selfpreservation and more inclined to join in with building the kind of kingdom here on earth that we believe it to be in heaven.

Heaven is a place populated by those who entrust every aspect of their lives to the Almighty God and even where they don’t understand why disaster has erupted, they are to say with the psalmist, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.’

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The Mayor writes...

Hello to you all.

I hope you had a peaceful Easter. This will be my last article as your mayor as it is with a sad heart that I step down on May 14th to pass the role onto another councillor.

I would like to think that I have been a good Mayor during the last twelve months. I have held many meetings with various organisation, including the Rotary, The Sudbury Society, representatives from the many sporting clubs we are fortunate to have in our town, and many of our voluntary organisations, to ensure that the Town Council has strong working relationships. I was able to facilitate meetings with our MP and the Chief Executive of the Quality Care Commission to ty to get funding for many of our voluntary organisations, including The Kernos Centre and the Bridge Project. Also, meetings with our local police which has resulted in a police presence at our monthly Full Council meetings as well as progressing the installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) at the entrances to our town. The Community Café and new toilets will be in place in the park by the end of June and the cause of great excitement was the opening of the new toilets in Goal Lane after many frustrating years of waiting. In partnership with Abbeygate Cinema we had two very successful visits from the Moving Cinema. I have seen sixteen new independent businesses come to Sudbury and was thrilled to open the new renovated St Peters and the newly renovated Waitrose bringing great investment into our town. I was also greatly honoured to receive the Town of the Year Award. One big disappointment is Babergh’s intention to start charging for parking in their car parks in Sudbury. Extremely frustrating to say the least, especially after so much work went into trying to persuade them not to do this. Although my time as your mayor is coming to an end, I have still been very busy.

Early in March it was great to be interviewed on Radio Suffolk to talk about my time as Mayor of Sudbury.

On the 22nd of March I chaired the Council’s Annual Meeting. It was an extremely positive meeting with lots of smiles and happy people. It is always very satisfying and encouraging when people tell you at the end of the meeting that they actually enjoyed the process and felt very confident in the Town Council.

On the Saturday I had the honour unveiling the Memorial Plaque on the library in memory of our great and late Lord Andrew Philips. This was a great privilege as not only did I know Andrew personally, but I also had great respect for him as a person. He was a tireless advocate for our community.

On the same day I opened our 2024 Sudbury on Show. ST Peters was full to the brim and feedback from this event has been extremely positive. An event held every other year, providing the town to display all its organisations.

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On the 24th March I attended the Suffolk Police Cadets Annual Parade, and to inspect the Sudbury Unit. Great to see so many young enthusiastic young people. Was also a double for me as our Granddaughter was on parade with the Woodbridge Unit.

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On Good Friday I was privileged to start the Sudbury Fun Run. Great event with over five hundred contestants most of them stayed after the event to shop or have a coffee or lunch. Great for the economy and also for promoting health and wellbeing.

Straight after the run I speedily went to the Rowing Club to help them celebrate their 150th year and to also raise the flag for the start of their regatta season.

Also in March I attended the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert. It was a wonderful evening with fantastic music and St Peters was full.

At the end of March I was thrilled to invite representatives from my two chosen charities, The Kernos Centre and the Chritopher Centre, at which I presented them each with a cheque for £1000.00.

Due to the deadline for getting this to the editor I have other events to attend during my Mayoral year, which at this point I am unable to report back. These include:

• Ascension Day Gifts Ceremony

• Cattle Turning onto the water meadows Ceremony.

• Sudbury Choral Society Spring Concert

• Sudbury District Scouts St Georges Day Parade and Service. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for you support during my time as mayor. It is very much valued and will stay with me for the rest of my life.

As always please keep safe and well. Jan, Mayor of Sudbury

Ely Consort: Summer ConcertSat.22nd June, 7.30pm Holy Trinity, Long Melford

On Saturday 22 June at 7.30 pm the chamber choir Ely Consort, conducted by Matthew Rudd, will be performing a programme of choral music in Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. Described as ‘undoubtedly one of the finest choral groups in the area’, the choir, which usually performs in Ely Cathedral and other venues around Ely and Cambridgeshire, is excited to be venturing further afield and is looking forward to performing in Long Melford for the first time. Ely Consort is known for its innovative programming of both classic and contemporary choral music, and will be performing a typically varied programme, including unaccompanied music by Bach and Brahms, beautiful compositions by Elaine Hagenberg and Morten Lauridsen, and an outstandingly entertaining modern piece by Ola Gjeilo, ‘Unicornis captivatur’, which uses an incredible mixture of medieval sounds and dance-like music to tell the story of the ‘captured unicorn’, an extraordinary text written in a Swiss monastery over six hundred years ago! In movements from Jonathan Dove’s incredible modern masterpiece ‘The passing of the year’, the choir will be accompanied by the outstanding pianist Anne Reece, who will also perform some solos to complement the programme. Tickets are £15, unreserved, and available online: https://, within Long Melford from the church shop, Cafe Hygge, Ivy & Bond as well as on-the-door. Do come along and hear this programme of wonderful music, sung in a stunning venue by a great choir!


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Rotary Round-up

With a late change in venue, Sudbury Rotary’s 74th Charter Night celebration took place at The Mill Hotel on 15 April, when Kevin Burch was guest speaker. His career began with two-and-ahalf years’ training as a journalist, and he described some of his early experiences providing stories for various newspapers. He worked with the East Anglian Daily Ties before becoming a news producer with BBC Radio Norfolk, and was the first news editor of BBC Radio Suffolk when it went on air in April 1990. He may be best known more recently for his regular appearances as a journalist with BBC Look East, when he conducted interviews with members of the public on local issues. He and his wife Sally now run their own company, ‘Burchmedia’, which offers training and podcasts. Kevin has recently published a book about his career, “Weren’t you that Bloke off the Telly?”, copies of which are available ‘from good bookshops’! Pictured are Kevin and Sally Burch with Sudbury Rotary President Tony Platt.

An up-date on the Lend with Care scheme as at 4 March this year has been provided by Rotarian Brian Tora, who ably manages this on behalf of the Sudbury Club. Three loans of £60 had recently been made to farmers in Vietnam, Philippines and Ecuador, and £74.29 had been received in repayments. The number of entrepreneurs had dropped significantly, with just 58 seeking funding, compared with around 150 last autumn. Brian reported that 83 loans, totalling £4,380, had been made since Sudbury Rotary first joined this scheme. Of these, seven were currently repaying, two were still seeking funding, and 70 businesses had fully repaid. Four recipients had defaulted, with a loss of £124.48 and one of our older loans had not made any repayments for the past three months. As this entrepreneur was located in Palestine, this was not surprising, but it could mean a further default. The current balance available to spend is £279.92.

The Lend With Care website states that Sudbury Rotary loans have supported 390 entrepreneurs, 1,083 family members and created 261 jobs, with 1,734 people helped.

Two bank holidays restrict the number of meetings in May, but the programme of events includes a Business meeting on 13th, at which updates on Rotary activities are received and discussed, with a speaker to be announced for 20 May. Club members will be assisting with Crucial Crew on the 999-call scenario from 20 to 24 May. At the Assembly meeting on 3 June, our incoming President Dorothy Slatter will present her plans for the coming Rotary year.

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Taste Of East Anglia Food & Drink Festival Returns!

15th June 2024

Same great event with a new name and local sponsors

The festival has, over the years, grown substantially and now showcases over eighty producers from across the region as well as a number of local chefs and a large kitchen theatre. Last year over 4,000 people visited the one-day event at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford travelling from across the region to enjoy this popular festival. Justine Paul, one of the Directors of the Taste of East Anglia states `Supporting local producers and celebrating local food and drink has been the core focus and theme of the festival for several years. The event has become a significant date in the diary for many of the best producers from across the region, and this, coupled with the fact that our visitors are now travelling from as far as Cambridgeshire, London, Norfolk and Essex, meant that it was time to change the name in order to reflect the festivals growth. Renaming the festival the ‘ Taste of East Anglia ‘ was a bit of ‘lightbulb moment’ and we think it fits the bill perfectly!.

We are genuinely thrilled to welcome one of our finest local companies – Mauldons Brewery as one of the main sponsors this year – a perfect fit for this festival that highlights the best of regional product. It is important, and indicative of the success of the festival, that we have several local businesses supporting it and this year we are thrilled to announce that alongside Mauldons Brewery, we have Carter Jonas Estate Agents who are sponsoring the main kitchen stage with additional support coming from Holmes & Hill Solicitors, Denbury Homes, Brightwell Computers and Paul Clarke Printing.’

The festival has always attracted all the family to attend. There is something for everyone this year. Over eighty stalls will be selling a wonderful selection of regional, artisan food and drink products as well as delicious Street Food, local Craft Ales and lager and plenty of fizz.

The popular main kitchen theatre will be running all day showcasing a range of Suffolk’s best chefs and bakers. Making his debut on the stage the executive chef now leading the kitchen at The Bildeston Crown, Freddie Fallon who joined the business last year having set up restaurants in London – he will be blending Asian influences into local produce from the Nedging Hall Estate.

Making a very welcome return and labelled by The Good Food Guide as the `chef to watch’ (which you will quite literally be able to do at the festival!) is James Carn – owner and chef of Lark restaurant.

Another award winner is Suffolk favourite Alan Paton. Alan won the Sausage Rolloff this year – a very keenly annually contested Sausage roll competition and he will be showing off his Award-winning Black pudding Battenberg sausage roll, and as ever be handing out tasters.

Festival favourite father and son combination - Will & Simon Wooster will be back to give insights into baking the best breads at home plus the festival theatre will also be showcasing the skills of Lee Cooper, head chef at Squires at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, Sam Sturman former Suffolk Chef of the year and now head chef at The Bull at Troston. Greg Strolenberg of Lavenham Butchers will also show off his butchery skills as he demonstrates the nutritional values of locally sourced Muntjac.

The kitchen theatre will be headed and compered by Jon Jackaman, a highly experienced and well-respected chef, having worked in a string of prestigious restaurants including The Marriot Marble Arch and The Ritz before starting Infusions and creating the ICE brand in Bury St Edmunds. Keeping the adults entertained all day will be music from Bedford45 and there will be free activities for children so all the family will be happy.

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Sudbury Cricket club Off to a flier

The field is set, the batsman has taken guard, the bowler is at his mark. Let battle commence: the umpire calls “play” the bowler now at full speed delivers the ball, it raps the batsman on the glove and balloons gently to the awaiting slip fielder who gratefully accepts the gift - the umpire raises his finger, the batsman trudges dejectedly towards the pavilion, to a sympathetic though luke warm applause from his team mates. The first ball of the match, indeed the first ball of the season - what a start! Sudbury bowlers then restrict their opponents, newly promoted Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers to a meagre total of 142 and knock the runs off with the loss of just three wickets thanks to an opening stand of 94 between Sudbury stalwart Darren Batch and Adam Jones having joined the club following very successful season with East Bergholt. Now we are in May, the weather will surely have warmed up making it a pleasure for spectators to watch the high quality cricket on offer at Sudbury’s Friar Street ground.


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Realisation Of A Dream

An historic Suffolk pub has been saved – and is once again set to become a cornerstone again of the one of the prettiest villages in the county.

Boxford’s White Hart closed last November; less than a year after new tenants, who previously ran a pub in Cornard near Sudbury, took over.

There have been fears that the picturesque pub – built more than 400 years ago – would close for good but now local businessman Howard Watts has bought the White Hart and promises that it will once again be at the heart of Boxford life.

Howard, who runs Riddesdells Garage in the village – officially recognised as the oldest garage in the country – has this week unveiled his plans to put the White Hart back at the centre of the thriving community which has a population of 1,400.

And it could be back in business within six to eight weeks – he is also promising to make the pub community-focussed and would welcome any suggestions from locals

He said:”The White Hart is in the middle of the village and steeped in history. It was once the main malthouse for the local brewing industry and I wanted to ensure that it remained at the centre of the community. I have always liked the building and it is a valuable asset to the village.”

Chairman of Boxford Parish Council Colin Parr has already added his support to the pub’s facelift. He said:”This is really excellent and exciting news – the White Hart has been the focus of the village for centuries and we certainly didn’t want to lose it. “

Work has already started on the pub – and one of the challenging and intriguing projects is to find an unusual tombstone reputedly buried in the car park.

Tornado Smith - born George William Smith - was the son of the landlord of the White Hart public house in Boxford and became a world-wide legend as a daredevil “Wall of Death” stunt motorcyclist in the 1930’s. The highlight of his act was riding the wall – with his twelve-stone pet lioness Briton on the handlebars or in a sidecar. When Briton died, she was buried under the forecourt of the pub -it has long since been covered over but Howard is determined to find it and have it restored as part of the pub’s extraordinary history.

Tornado later moved to South Africa, where he died in 1971 – leaving more than £100,000 in the bank. Howard said: ”He was a real local hero – he’s even commemorated on the official village sign – so it will be terrific to find the stone and restore it.”

Meanwhile the White Hart’s bar will be re-named “Briton’s Bar” in memory of the biker lion.

Other plans for the Hart include a tea and coffee lounge, creating a business hub and a meeting room and turning the upstairs into a holiday let that will sleep up to eight people – a boost for the local tourist industry. One new feature will be a space for weddings, birthdays and other special celebrations, which will be available to rent. In addition the outbuildings in the pub’s car park will be converted for business use for events and meetings. Although the pub won’t be doing food, Howard plans to have hot food vans visiting on a regular basis for take-aways; using the private half-acre car park.

He said:”I am putting together a great team to help get the White Hart back at the heart of the community.” and as a bonus for visitors to the village, the pub’s car park will be free outside of opening hours.

The River Box flows past the pub and there are plans to turn the banks into “a serene and peaceful place for people to relax – as well as encourage wildlife.

Howard, who has lived in the village and run the garage for more than 20 years said has also paid tribute to his parents:”I will also be naming parts of the business after people that have played a huge part in my life – the coffee lounge will be called Fred’s lounge after my father and the holiday lets Maison Gloria, after my mother.

The whole venue will be known as The Hub @ The Hart. Howard commented “I want the Hart to be at the centre of the community. Boxford is a wonderful village full of lovely people.”

More news will follow via Social Media – watch this space!

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Welcome from Linda and Kathy, Centre Coordinators. We hope you all had a lovely Easter and managed to enjoy the sun on the Saturday. Unfortunately, the weather was not so kind to us on the Friday when the Sudbury Fun Run took place. We were very fortunate to have 5 runners take part in the race; one of which was our very own Kathy Lee-Rimmer along with Michelle, Tim and Danny Ranson and John Forth raising an amazing £670 for the Christopher Centre. We can’t thank them enough; they certainly deserved their Easter Eggs!!

Sadly, the situation of the flooding outside our building is still on going and until this has been fixed, we are unable to commence our repairs. It is such a shame as being a Grade 2 listed building these things should not be left to deteriorate and possibly cause more problems with the structure of the building.

We are delighted to say that The Christopher Centre will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in October this year so we thought we would mark the event by holding an ‘Evening of Memories’. We would love for you to get in touch with your memories of the place, probably mostly around the time that it was a Pub around 30 years ago but if you or anyone you know have anymore information/photos that you would like to share please do get in touch or pop in to leave your contact details.

Save the dates

The next Cake, Bake and Preserve stall at Sudbury Market will be April 29th and the next Vegan Supper will be Friday 3rd May.

The Spring Makers Market is on Saturday May 4th. With lots of local makers, artists and crafters. From 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Our Menopause ‘Lets Talk’ Support Group on Thursday 2nd May and will have Emma Watts The Menopause Mentor as our guest speaker.

Dr Ballari Ghosh, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist from the Oaks Hospital in Colchester gave a really interesting and informative talk last month and we hope to invite her back some time next year to give a talk on women’s cancer.

Thank you’s

We would like to thank the Lady Mayor of Sudbury for the most generous donation of £1000 as we are one of her chosen charities for this year.

We are also very pleased to announce that we have been chosen by Ballingdon Fete Committee as one of this year’s chosen charities.

Thank you to Cornard Co-op for the kind donation of £150 and also to the family of the late Laurence Reynolds former Trustee of the Christopher Centre for their kind donation.

As always, we thank our amazing team of volunteers and trustees who support the work we do. We could not run the Centre without you all.

The Christopher Centre is a thriving community hub where many local groups run their classes and activities. It is also a hub which provides a much-needed space for essential services to run, to serve the community in many ways including the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Clinic, The Community Depot, The Monday Drop In , Turning Point for those affected by addiction, the Christopher Choir, and the C’Art Group to name but a few.

The Menopause Support Group is held on the first Thursday of the month, see our website for more details.

We offer a number of rooms available to hire. We also house offices used by local voluntary and community organisations. Our room hire is available on an hourly basis, from £6.50 per hour.

We aim to continue bringing a friendly community approach to the people of Sudbury and surrounding areas, please contact us if you would like to visit with a view to hosting your group.

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When I was preparing a topic for year three children on the early 1900s, I asked her to give me some information about her childhood in the 1920s. She responded wth an epistle. Some of these memories, I will share with you now.

Dot, as she was known was born in 1917. Lived in Tottenham where my grandfather served as a mounted policeman. She explained how fortunate our family was as they lived in a police house, had a good income and my grandmother was an excellent seamstress. In fact they also owned a holiday cottage in Kent and Grandfather had a car!

Dot was very aware of the poverty of her peers in class and the primary school. These are the facts she shared with me:

*She started with an account of the school photo, it was summertime, they were told to wear their best clothes.

*The poor children who didn't have shoes were made to sit on the back row, and would be dressed in hand-me-downs.

*Many of these children had lost their father in the first world war, often they would live in one room with their widowed mother and siblings. No handouts from the government in those days!

TheTeachers( All spinsters in those days!) would often provide soup especially in the winter months.

If they became destitute these families really dreaded going to the workhouse.

It was a usual for these children to queue outside fish and chip shop as it was closing as the propieter would gather the remaining scraps, wrap them in newspaper and distribute them to these hungry children.

The Conservative Goverment at the time led by Stanley Baldwin, decided to remove all the tonsils of children in an attempt to eradicate scarlet fever and diptheria.The children were taken to the local museum where straw palliasses were laid out on the floor in the main hall. The child was taken into a small side room where they were knocked out with a good whiff of chloroform. My aunt was not subjected to this, however her husband my wonderful uncle Jim did. He said when he came round he looked up to loads of stuffed animals and in his bewildered state thought he had gone to animal heaven. He was so poorly his father had to give him a piggy back home.

Those years just after the first world war are hard to imagine today , however then many children were disabled due to birth defects due to lack of medical care. Rickets now unheard of, was common. So many of the men who did return from this terrible war suffered from loss of limbs, sight, deaf, shell shocked and mental trauma. Treatment for the mentally ill was abysmal, so many were locked away in an asylum. The conditions in these asylums and workhouses were digusting and quite often run by bullies and thugs. It was a common practice for a young girl who became pregnant ( usually due to being taken advantage of !) also being locked up in an asylum or the workhouse. We have evidence of how this happened here in Sudbury in our workhouse.

Horses were used extensively by the traders, unfortunately they were often ill-treated. In icy weather a horse may slip and be trapped in their shafts which would often break. A horse would be trapped until the shafts could be unhitched.

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This happened outside my aunts school and she helped my grandfather by sitting on the horses head to keep it calm during the process. If you sat near his ear it was safe , however if you sat too near his mouth you may end up with a painful bite on your bottom. My grandfather as a mounted policeman was one accustomed to riding on horseback, loved horses and had tought her how to handle them.

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Advice Column – May

I’ve just got my first payslip from a new job, I’m slightly embarrassed to say I don’t understand what all the different sections refer to. How do I know what each means and if it’s correct?

Congratulations on the new job, hopefully you’re settling into the new role. There’s no need to be embarrassed about not understanding your payslip. It contains lots of information which can be tricky to get your head around, but it is important to understand. Your payslip shows your pay, deductions, and tax information. All employers are required to give their employees a payslip and it’s a good idea to keep them for as long as possible. The top left corner of your payslip is where you’ll usually find your employer’s details. Opposite this, in the middle or top right corner, should be your details. This is also where you might find your payroll or employee number, this is what your employer uses to identify you for payroll purposes.

Next, you’ll see lots of different numbers and codes. The payment date is when your pay will normally arrive in your bank account, it can be monthly or weekly and fall on any day of the month.

Your National Insurance (NI) number refers to your unique number. You must have a NI number to work in the UK. It’s used to make sure all your NI contributions are recorded and so you can get any state benefits you’re entitled to, including state pension later in life.

Your payslip might show a tax period, the tax year starts in April and ends in March. The number here corresponds to the period in which you’re being taxed, e.g., if you’re paid monthly, 01 will represent the tax period in April, while 12 would mean March.

Next is your tax code. This is decided by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and is used by your employer or pension provider to work out how much Income Tax to take from your pay. Your tax code is made up of several numbers and a letter. The number refers to how much tax-free income you get while the letters can mean different things depending on your circumstances. You can find out what they mean on www.GOV.UK . Make sure you’re not on an emergency tax code otherwise you’ll be taxed more than needed.

Now to your pay and deductions. Gross pay means how much you’ve earned before anything is deducted. Deductions are amounts taken from your gross pay. Common ones include income tax, national insurance, pension, or student loan payments. Income tax is the tax you pay on your earnings to fund public services, this is something you have to pay but the amount will vary depending on your earnings. You pay National Insurance so you can be entitled to certain benefits, and it also contributes towards the NHS.

For more information visit the Citizens Advice website at www. or call Sudbury and South Suffolk Citizens Advice on 01787 321400

We are providing advice by telephone and email Monday – Thursday, 10am – 3pm.

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Weds 1 May (every Weds)

Shared Reading Group

2pm, free

Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury

Weds 1 May (every Weds)

Sporting Memories Club

2.15pm – 3.45pm

Free weekly club for people to reminisce about sport.

Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury

Weds 1 May (every Weds)

The Quay Chess Club


The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Tel: Andrew Last: 07394517613

Wed 1 May to 23 June

Gainsborough House

Philip de Laszlo (1869-1937): Master of Elegance

Gainsborough’s House, 46

Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU

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Wed 1 May to 23 June

Gainsborough House

Hubert-Francois Gravelot: Designing the Georgian Book

Gainsborough’s House, 46

Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Wed 1 May to 23 June

Gainsborough House

Water Portals: Henry Driver

Gainsborough’s House, 46

Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Thurs 2 May


2pm – 4pm

Sudbury Town Hall, Old Market Place, CO10 1TL

Thurs 2 May

Digital Skills with Babergh District Council

2pm – 5pm

Help with learning your devices with Babergh District Council

Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EN

Thurs 2 May (monthly meetings)

Working Age / Young Onset Group


Maldon Grey Pub, Cats Lane, CO10


Tel John for info: 07941391107

Thurs 2 May (every Thurs)

Grow Your Community Sudbury & Gt Cornard

9.30am to 12pm at Belle Vue Park, Sudbury & sometimes at other sites. Tel: 07899994107, e: activgardens@

Thurs 2 May

An evening with local Author of This Family - Kate Sawyer 6.30pm, £12

Gainsborough’s House, 46

Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Thurs 2 & Fri 3 (every Thurs & Fri)

The Christopher Centre C’art (Cake and Art Art & Craft group but not an art class. 10am – 12pm, £3, all welcome

The Christopher Centre, 10 Gainsborough St, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 313914

Fri 3 May

Mezzotint & Ecto Peach Music performances

8pm, booking req

Sudbury Arts Centre, Market Hill, CO10 2EA

Sun 4 May

Jason’s Acoustic Events

2.30pm – 8.30pm

The Brewery Tap, 21 East St, Sudbury, CO10 2TP

Mon 6 May

Sudbury Plant Market


Small local growers & nurseries

Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EA

Mon 6 May

Sudbury Ramblers

Wickhambrook Circular

Car park opposite Wickhambrook

Church, CB8 8XH

10am start, 5.6 miles

Contact Jan W: 07976827999

Tues 7 May

The Quay Book Club

7.30pm-9.30pm in the bar

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Tues 7 to Sat 11 May

Sudbury Dramatic Society

The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood

Tel: 01787 374745

The Quay, Quay Lane, Sudbury, CO10 2AN

Weds 8 May

Suffolk Carers Natter

10am to 12pm

Suffolk Carers Matter

Painters Café at The Angel, 43 Friars St, Sudbury, CO10 2AG

Thurs 9 May

Kettle & Fish

9.45am to 1.45pm

Every Thurs except the first of each month

Suffolk Road Church, CO10 1UN

Tel Ruth Ridge: or tel: 01787 204364

Thurs 9th May-

6pm - 8.30pm Thai Night featuring My Thai Chef Melford. Wine Boutique, 3 Gaol Lane, Sudbury

Fri 10 May

Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee

Spoken Word

7.30pm, booking req Sudbury Arts Centre, Market Hill, CO10 2EA

Mon 13 May

Sudbury Flower Club

Doreen Robinson – area demonstrator 7pm, £10

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Mon 13 May (every Monday)

Meet-Up Mondays

Adult social group. Pop along for a hot drink, nibbles and a natter. From 10am Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury

Mon 13 May (every Monday)

The Christopher Centre

Open House 10am to 2pm

Support & a friendly listening ear for those that need it. 10am – 12pm hot drinks & refreshments

12-1.45pm homemade hot lunches

All welcome, no charge

The Christopher Centre, 10 Gainsborough St, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 313914

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Mon 13 May

Sudbury Ephemera Archive 10am – 12.30pm at Sudbury Town Hall

Join us to preserve Sudbury’s past through donated documents Any date changes see Website: https:// Tel: Sue – 07846 885909

Tues 14 May

You’re Welcome

Social & wellbeing group 10am – 12pm, free ‘Create’ by the Bridge, Borehamgate Precinct, King St, Sudbury, CO10 2EG

More info: 01449 707030

Weds 15 May

The Quay Play Readers

7.30pm, Geoff Kisby Room

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury

Weds 15 May

Sudbury Ramblers


Hartest Institute cp, The Green, Hartest, IP29 4DH 10am start, 6 miles

Contact Steve P: 01787 279325

Weds 15 May

An evening with local Author of Sea Defences – Hilary Taylor 6.30pm, £12

Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Weds 15 May

Warm Welcome Coffee Club

10.30am in the Hills Room Tel: 01787 372958

Gainsborough House, CO10 2EU

Wed 15 May

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Performed by My Theatre

7pm, family friendly, tickets £15/£10

St Mary’s Church, Chilton, Sudbury, CO10 2ZB

Wed 15th May5pm - 7.30pm- Pizza Night featuring Biddle's Bread Artisan Sourdough Pizza.

Wine Boutique, 3 Gaol Lane, Sudbury

Fri 17 May

Master of Elegance: Breakfast Tour with Katherine Field 9am, £15

Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Sat 18 May

Step into the Sudbury Story Guided Tour

Tour start point: Sudbury Tourist Information, Town Hall, (Gaol Lane entrance), Sudbury, CO10 1TL £5 pp (£2.50 child) – pay your tour guide on the day of tour., tel: 01787 372331

Sat 18 May

Spring Craft Market 10am – 4pm, free Sudbury Arts Centre, Sudbury, CO10 2EA

Sun 19 May

Green Sundays 9.30am to 2pm Green Sundays is eco market with a crafty twist! Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EA

Weds 22 May (3rd Weds of every month) OM chanting & British Sign Language Social group for beginners

6pm, free – registration is encouraged. Email: sudbury.library@suffolklibraries.

Weds 22 May

Suffolk Carers Natter

10am to 12pm

Suffolk Carers Matter

Painters Café at The Angel, 43 Friars St, Sudbury, CO10 2AG

Wed 22nd May-

6.30pm - 8.30pm Quiz Night £5 pp, payment required on booking. Wine Boutique, 3 Gaol Lane, Sudbury

Thurs 23 May

The Sudbury Society

Sir Stuart Etherington – The Future of Chairities 7pm, all welcome Sudbury Town Hall, CO10 1TL

Thurs 23rd May

7pm - 9pm Wine Tasting Event 'exploring what makes wine?' £30pp, includes specially selected nibbles. Payment required on booking.

Wine Boutique, 3 Gaol Lane, Sudbury

Fri 24 May

Yoga with Bryony 5.30pm-6.30pm, £8

Join experienced yoga instructor Bryony Cain for monthly session at Sudbury Library. Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EN

Sat 25 April

Gainsborough House

Saturday Art Club 10am – 12pm

Gainsborough’s House, 46

Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Sun 26 May

Sudbury Ramblers

Castle Hedingham to Gestingthorpe Street parking in Sudbury Rd or Batley St, CH

10am start, 6 miles

Contact Shirley H: 01787 462759

Weds 29 May

Warm Welcome Coffee Club

10.30am in the Hills Room

Tel: 01787 372958

Gainsborough House, CO10 2EU

Wed 29th May5pm - 7.30pm Pizza Night

featuring Biddle's Bread Artisan Sourdough Pizza. Wine Boutique, 3 Gaol Lane, Sudbury

Thurs 30 May

An evening with local Author of Anyone for Edmund? – Simon Edge 6.30pm, £12

Gainsborough’s House, 46

Gainsborough Street, CO10 2EU Tel: 01787 372958, e: mail@

Fri 31 May

Sudbury Farmers Market 9.30am-2pm Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EH

Fri 31 May

Wild in the Stour Valley 11am-4pm, free

A fun, hands-on family event packed full of nature-based activities. Friars Meadow, Sudbury, CO10 2SS e:

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Sudbury Town Council

What’s on in surrounding villages…

Wed 1 to 27 May

Spring Printmakers Exhibition 2024 10.30am to 4pm

Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre

3 Cornard Mills, Mill Tye, Great Cornard, CO10 0GW

Wed 1 to 12 May

Thirza Kotzen ‘Skyhigh’… and the space between 10.30am to 4pm

Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre

3 Cornard Mills, Mill Tye, Great Cornard, CO10 0GW

Sat 4 May

Music for a Summer Evening 6pm, free

St Mary’s Church, Boxford, CO10 5DU

Sat 4, Sun 5 & Mon 6 May

Books Sale

Free St. Peter & Paul, Clare, CO10 8NY

Tues 7 May (every Tues)

Health Walks – Clare

Every Tuesday 10.15am for 10.30am Meet at Clare Country Park car park. CO10 8NW

Tues 7 May


1.30-2.30pm, £4

Acton Village Hall, CO10 0AT


Weds 8 to Sun 19 May

Spring Exhibition

Society of East Anglian Watercolours Original paintings, greeting cards, meet the artists

10.30am – 4.30pm

The Old Goods Shed, Clare Castle Country Park, CO10 8NW

Thurs 9 May

Acton Garden Club

Guest speaker – Mark Mason –Perennials for your garden


New members always welcome, as are visitors.

Contact Bernie: 01787 371893

Acton Village Hall, Melford Road, CO10 0AT

Thurs 9 May


6-7pm, £4

Acton Village Hall, CO10 0AT


Sat 11 May

Long Melford Book Fair

Inc postcards, ephemera, autographs etc. 10am - 3.30pm, free parking

Village Memorial Hall, off Hall St (opp the Bull Hotel), Long Melford, CO10 9JQ

Sat 11 May

Long Melford Silver Band Concert

7.30pm, tickets £10

To book tel: 07732700104


Or from Costcutter shop, Acton Acton Church, Melford Road, CO10 0BA

Sat 11 May

Clare Craft Market


Clare Town hall, Clare CO10 8NN

Sat 11 May

Discover Long Melford’s Secrets

10.30am – 12.30pm

To book: 0344 249 1895 Meet in free car park at Melford Hall

Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9AA

Sat 11 May

Morning Birdsong Walk

5.30am – 7.30am, £10

Daws Hall, Henny Road, Lamarsh, CO8 5EX

Market Hill

Suffolk County Councillor Richard Smith, Conservative Cabinet Member for Transport Strategy, has decided to cancel the Town Council scheme for Market Hill at the last moment.

With just over two weeks before the summer pedestrianisation of Market Hill was due to start, the SCC Cabinet member responsible refused to approve the temporary traffic order. This project was selected in the summer of 2022 after a number of alternative options had been put on public display in Sudbury Town Hall as part of the ‘What’s Next for Sudbury’ consultation.

The consultation looked at 4 different options and it was decided to run an 18-month pilot scheme to test the partial pedestrianisation of Market Hill. Officers in the county, district and town councils have been working on the details to support this plan over the last year and had just secured a £10,000 grant to purchase temporary planters and seating for the Market Hill area.

The last element in the delivery of this project was the experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) which needed to be signed off by the cabinet member responsible for transport strategy. The Town Council are concerned that Cllr Smith appears to have been approached by the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce at a late stage and to have been convinced by them to cancel the scheme. Cllr Smith has not made any attempt to contact STC and discuss his concerns with them before cancelling the scheme. A lot of public time and money have been spent developing this scheme and it seems unreasonable to cancel it at the last moment when lobbied by one unelected local group.

This scheme for Market Hill was recently re-considered by Sudbury Town Council when a number of those opposed to changes attended the February full council meeting. However, after hearing both sides of the agreement, the council resolved to continue with the trial for 18 months. By contrast, the summer pedestrianisation scheme was supported by the majority of those who attended the Annual Town Meeting in March.

The Town Council would like to have a face-to-face meeting with Cllr Richard Smith to discuss his concerns and allow the Town Council the opportunity to put the arguments in favour of the scheme.


Can we firstly say thank you for all the well wishes whilst Pat has been in Hospital, We have not long come back from our Isle of Wight holiday in Shanklin, Everyone had enjoyed themselves and we are looking to go back for their Turkey and tinsel break. Price is tbc. Our London trip has been extremely popular with 195 people in total *at time of writing* we have had several newcomers; It looks to be a very busy November and December for us hopefully with several new trips inc Harry Potter and Nottingham Christmas Market. We are also returning to Birmingham Primark on the 2nd Nov. Please Note as of 2025 Our day trips will be moving from Wednesdays to Saturdays too allow myself (Patrick) to be more on board, apart from Brick Lane which remains on a Wednesday as we couldn't get any Saturday sittings at present.

This Year:

May 15th Cadbury World £45pp Inc coach and entry June 19th Windsor £25pp July 17th Gt Yarmouth £19pp August 14th Eastbourne £23pp August 27th Chessington World Of Adventures (Coach Only) £20pp September £TBC Waverley Boat Ride * I'm still awaiting dates at time of writing October 21-25th 5 Day Holiday to Edinburgh £470pp (£50 Non refundable deposit) November 2nd Birmingham Primark £24pp November Thursford Saturday 9th £82pp November Thursford Wednesday 13th £79pp December 8th Harry Potter Studios at Christmas **Please Book your own Entry Tickets** £20pp (Coach Only) December 15th Harry Potter Studios at Christmas **Please Book your own Entry Tickets** £20pp (Coach Only) December Nottingham Christmas Market 30th £25pp


Feb 5th Brick Lane Theatre Adult Pantomime "Pinocchio & His Wooden Whopper" TBC March 17-21st Bournemouth Holiday with Optional Trip to Guernsey £TBC November 10-14th Turkey and Tinsel 'Ocean View Hotel', Shanklin IOW £TBC

Well, I hope there will me something to please you. And I look forward to taking your choices. We do have a fairly new way of doing the booking now.

You need to fill in a small sheet containing your name, your choice of date and a signature at the bottom. and your cash or cheque in full. To obtain a booking slip please email and we will send one to you. We are now also on Facebook with a group called 'Pats Dayz Owt' This will allow us to connect with families where/who have never heard of us that want to get out and about can!

To Book, please contact Patrick on 07391 460906

Please send all booking forms once filled in to 17 Rede Way Gt Cornard Sudbury Suffolk CO10 0LG

We Look Forward to Hearing from you

All Saints Church, Acton

Long Melford Silver Band Concert at Acton Church, CO10 0BA, on Saturday 11th May 2024 at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 to include interval tea/ coffee and cake available from Chris Moss 07732700104, christopher. or from Costcutter Shop, Acton





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