News Archive

The Society has been involved in a wide range of initiatives and taken a view on many developments and proposals affecting our town over the years, as directed by our remit.

An archive of news stories relating to these initiatives is listed below for further information –

The Society’s LoveSudbury campaign was officially launched in March at Sudbury on Show. LoveSudbury is a Sudbury Society initiative to bring awareness to the growing need to combat lack of care in our town. NEWS

PAINTING OF WW2 SUDBURY UNVEILED AT SUDBURY HERITAGE CENTRE ‘Seeing Jessie Home’ – a painting by Steven Binks, first shown at our ‘Visions of Sudbury’ Art show back in October 2015. NEWS

NEW PLANS FOR ST PETERS. The public and users of this amazing building were invited to comment on the plans being drawn up at a Public Exhibition. See NEWS

BUS STATION DEBATE CONTINUES. The Sudbury Steering Group has voted in favour of  re-siting the town’s Bus Station to the Girling Street car park, with the loss of over 70 parking spaces. We give our response. See NEWS

THOSE TOWN CENTRE TRAFFIC LIGHTS! – Sam Thornton gives his views on how traffic congestion could be eased with adjustment. See NEWS

THE DISASTROUS FIRE on Sunday 6TH September destroyed a significant part of the historic townscape. See NEWS for images of the fire and its aftermath

CHILTON – A new local history book by the Society’s former chairman, David Burnett, has recently been published. See NEWS

VICTORIA HALL AND CONSERVATIVE CLUB BUILDINGS – Planning proposals have been submitted for conversion to residential. We make comment. See PLANNING


Proposed changes to the townscape in New Street/Prince Street. See our Planning Comment

November 1, 2019

Part-time Administrator Vacancy…deadline extended!

October 8, 2019

PART TIME ADMINISTRATOR & DEVELOPMENT OFFICER The Sudbury Society is seeking an administrator to support its work as advocate to conserve our town’s heritage and take forward new initiatives and campaigns. Do you have some spare time and an interes …

Architectural Competition Open!

October 4, 2019

 Sudbury Society Architectural Competition The Sudbury Society is re-introducing the Alan Phillips award for outstanding contributions to the built environment in Sudbury and its surrounding area. Applications can be made from Architects, Building Desi …

The Future of Belle Vue House – Chairman and President object to call for demolition

September 16, 2019

 Future of Belle Vue House Further to a piece in the Suffolk Free Press on 8th September, here is the full text of the letter to the editor: “We write jointly as President and Chairman respectively of The SUDBURY SOCIETY to object to the fundamental pr …

Local List Updated!

June 12, 2019

Local List Update We have recently succeeded in convincing Babergh District Council to accept an update to the Sudbury Local List – a description of architecturally and/or historically significant properties and places in Our Town – originally prepared …

Charles Debenham – Local Artist

June 12, 2019

Have you seen him? This was the title of the article about Charles Debenham in the latest Society News Journal. He is a well known local artist with a unique point of view, focussing on the everyday elements in the local townscape. His latest work arou …

LoveSudbury campaign launch at Sudbury on Show

March 13, 2017

Sudbury on Show this year was hugely successful for the Sudbury Society. Our stand looked marvellous. In fact, some of us thought it was the best one there! We certainly had a lot more visitors than last time, and plenty of people who engaged us in con …

The perambulating Post Office…

October 15, 2016

So, the Post Office in Sudbury is closing – shock! horror! But, of course, it isn’t closing as such although that makes better headlines. If the proposals go according to plan, it will move across the road about 100 yards away from the present building …

The Bus station: more thoughts

August 14, 2016

The Sudbury Society is appreciative and supportive of the efforts being made to re-site the Bus Station which is crucial for the development of the Hamilton Road area and for the future of Sudbury as a thriving market town. The Society believes that th …

Our Chairman’s views on relocation of the Bus Station

August 14, 2016

The Sudbury Society wholeheartedly supports the development of Sudbury Town Centre to provide extended retail and recreational facilities within the town, which should enhance the future viability of the town centre. Unfortunately the Hamilton Road Qua …

WW2 painting for Heritage Centre

March 7, 2016

‘Seeing Jessie Home’ – a painting by Steven Binks, first shown at our ‘Visions of Sudbury’ Art show back in October 2015. A joint funding scheme between The Sudbury Society, Sudbury Museum Trust and Sudbury Freemen’s Trust (with the additional help of …

Get involved with new book on Listed Buildings

February 17, 2016

There are nearly 250 listed buildings in Sudbury. The Sudbury Society are currently putting together a new book,  A Brief Look at the Listed Buildings of Sudbury – a snapshot of what we have now, and a window onto Sudbury’s past. As part of the process …

Chilton Woods – Our response to the recent Planning Application

February 4, 2016

OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION –  B/15/01718 The Sudbury Society fully understands the need to expand the market town of Sudbury by the provision of further housing and employment. We believe this extension should be carried out so that it will be a seam …

Look at new plans for St Peters

January 18, 2016

The Friends of St Peter’s has begun the process of planning some major building development and restoration work. We are very keen that all our supporters, hirers and indeed all people of the town have plenty of opportunities to see and comment on plan …

Those Town Centre Traffic Lights!

January 15, 2016

Attached are some notes I wrote recently with regard to traffic issues in Sudbury. My aim was to try and use common sense approaches which would not involve large capital expenditure to try and assist with the flow of traffic in the town and possibly h …

Our latest ‘Visions’ Art Show

January 1, 2016

Visions of Sudbury – the sixth of these exhibitions that we’ve held by Anne Grimshaw The sixth bi-annual Sudbury Society’s Visions of Sudbury art exhibition opened to the public at St Peter’s Church on Tuesday 6 October after the Private Viewing the ev …

The Sudbury Fire

September 9, 2015

The fire tore through Oxfam at 42-43 Market Hill, formerly the premises of one of the old established family businesses Mattingly and Sons.                                 …

Chilton – A New Book

August 29, 2015

The Society’s former Chairman, David Burnett, has recently published a new book based on the history of Chilton.  After 18 months or so of research the result is this profusely illustrated story which begins in the Late Bronze Age, incorporates the dis …

Bus Station developments

July 19, 2015

RESPONSE TO THE BUS STATIONS PROPOSALS BY THE SUDBURY SOCIETY We are pleased to see positive movement on the bus station issue. At last the bus station is to be moved from its earlier favoured  site within the development area thus maximising the area’ …

Our criticism of the so-called Local Plan ‘Consultation’

March 6, 2015

Babergh /Suffolk Public Consultation on the Draft Sudbury Local Plan held on 23 February 2015. Imagine the Reception area of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre. It’s Friday afternoon, the last day of half-term. Children are running around in swimming costum …

Latest thinking on current local issues

October 26, 2014

Current applications – Walnuttree and St Leonards are still going through the planning process. Bypass – some significant moves seem to be taking place towards a solution, involving links between the A120/A12/A134, which would avoid harm to the sensiti …

What was under our gardens?

October 9, 2014

  Pter Rednall with two budding archaeologists on The Croft Spot the digger! One of many clay pipes Jawbones – a horse?               What was under our gardens? Sudbury Big Dig 3-5 October 2014 The Sudbury Commu …

Lorna Hoey – our ‘Chair Elect’

October 9, 2014

  The Sudbury Society now has a new ‘Chair Elect’ in Lorna Hoey having been without a Chairman since Peter Thorogood stepped down after three years in the post. Lorna is something of the new kid on the block but has been a committee member for a w …

Belle Vue – the Society’s position

August 27, 2014

BELLE VUE HOUSE AND PARK AND TRAFFIC – the Society Planning Group’s response to the consultation about the future of Belle Vue – August 19 2014 THE PARK This is one of the town’s great assets, with its variety of formal, organised and informal spaces a …

How important is an anchor?

January 22, 2014

(Our planning group is pressing  the owner of the new Javelin shop in Friars Street to reconsider  plans to remove the attractive pub sign from the facade of what was formerly The Anchor PH.) The sign and its marvellous shadow The Anchor Friars Street …

‘Shadowing’ Sudbury Town Council, Scouts and sailing – Caitlin does it all

January 22, 2014

As a civic society, the Sudbury Society is usually associated with planning, buildings, traffic and suchlike but just before Christmas came the opportunity to do something a little different. Last year a student from Sudbury Ormiston Academy, 14-year-o …

Best of Visions

October 15, 2013

  The fifth bi-annual art exhibition, Visions of Sudbury, organised by the Sudbury Society and held in St Peter’s church, ran from 8-13 October. Visitor numbers were slightly down on 2011 but sales of artworks were up. Artwork included sculpture, …

Friends’ Meeting House receives Alan Phillips’ Award

October 11, 2013

  On Saturday 5 October the Sudbury Society’s Alan Phillips Award was presented at the Religious Society of Friends’ Meeting House in Friars Street. It was in recognition of the work done for the new entrance and the positive and beneficial contri …

What’s under your garden?

September 14, 2013

A mass dig for history will take place in Sudbury October 3-5th this year to discover more about the town’s past. Cambridge University archaeologist Dr Carenza Lewis, of Time Team fame and the BBC’s Great British Story, will lead the Dig which will inv …

Prolog application- UPDATE 6/09/2013

November 14, 2012

OUR COMMENTS ON THE APPLICATION Babergh District Council only approved Prolog’s application to build two large warehouses on Churchfield Road because the Company was promising to create 500 new jobs in the town. This argument was seen to outweigh the u …

Walnuttree Hospital

September 17, 2012

We understand that the NHS Foundation Trust will be submitting an outline Planning Application with Babergh for the redevelopment of the Walnuttree Hospital site.  There was some talk about the Health Authority just marketing the site ‘as seen.’ This o …