Celebrating Sudbury | Angie Bentley

After postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic and illness, the Sudbury Society was delighted to finally present a commemorative plaque to the owners of the re-built and restored Goldsmith’s Mansion on Friar Street.

The plaque for the Alan Phillips Architectural Award 2020, a joint award with the St Leonard’s re-development, was formally presented to Christina Manning, who said “on behalf of all the Mattingly family, I would like to say what an honour it is…please kindly convey our gratitude to the Sudbury Society”.

Following the devastating fire that destroyed the building and damaged others in September 2015, Christina’s brother, Roger Mattingly led the reconstruction project, commissioning architects Wincer Kievenaar and Rose Builders to restore it, in keeping with its setting and retaining original characteristics.

The result was in Roger’s words “an amazing building” and “he felt it was particularly uplifting to receive the award” which recognises outstanding contributions to the built environment.

Roger sadly died earlier this year, however Christina states that she and the extended Mattingly family “have a real connection with Sudbury…and now we can all enjoy a sense of pride seeing the plaque on the front of our building”.

Celebrating good design matters as fantastic buildings are an investment in Sudbury now and into the future – they say that our town is worth it and create local civic pride. This is at the heart of what the Sudbury Society believes, and the tireless efforts of our planning committee volunteers to comment where we think design proposals fall short, are proof!

But rather than dwelling on what we think is poor design, we would love to know what other Sudburians think too, and are therefore announcing a new SudSoc photographic competition in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year!

We want to know what YOU think makes Sudbury special and what makes you proud…do you have a favourite building, street scene, an image or a feature that you’ve noticed and always liked? If so, please share it with us and you’ll be in the running for a great prize!

All you have to do is take a picture of that special building/street scene/feature and email it to us at press@sudburysociety.org.uk with your name, age and a sentence or two that explains why you have photographed it and why it’s special to you. There’s a limit of 2 entries per person and a closing date of 31 December 2021.

There will be a separate junior category for those aged 18 and under alongside the main competition and winning images will be displayed in a future SudSoc column.

Winners will also be awarded prize vouchers to spend at local eateries so get snapping and winning this festive season!

We wish everyone a happy Sudbury Christmas and good cheer in 2022.

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