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


Latest SFP column article – November 2020

November 12, 2020

COPY OF LATEST SFP ARTICLE – NOVEMBER 2020 Here is a copy of this month’s Sudbury Society column in the local press. It refers to public consultation on plans for Market Hill which consist of an online survey due by mid December which we encourage you …

Latest Article in Suffolk Free Press

October 12, 2020

Many of you may have seen our Chairman’s most recent opinion piece in the local press….here is a copy for those who may not have seen it. The local authority plans for Market Hill are transformational and it is vital we canvass Society members as wel …

Job Vacancy with Sudbury Society

July 27, 2020

Part-time Administrator Vacancy 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 hav …


July 26, 2020

NEW E-NEWSLETTER FOR MEMBERS In an effort to stay in touch with all our members, the Society trialled a new electronic newsletter with write ups of talks that took place in February and March before lockdown, and any recent news items. It was sent out …

Award Winners Announced!

July 26, 2020

WINNERS OF ALAN PHILLIPS ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED! The Sudbury Society is delighted to announce the results of its revived Alan Phillips Architectural Awards for outstanding contributions to the built environment in Sudbury. The joint winners are …

Latest Column in Suffolk Free Press

June 16, 2020

In case you missed it, we copy below the text from the most recent SudSoc column in the Suffolk Free Press published on 4th June 2020. Our next column is due in early July, keep an eye out for it! Lessons from Lockdown – from our incoming Chairman As w …

Life Membership Re-instated…Join up now!

June 6, 2020

We have re-instated the Life Membership option to anyone looking to join the Society for the first time, or for any existing members wanting to re-join, remove the need for any further admin and show their lifelong support for Sudbury and our Society. …


May 4, 2020

VIRTUAL VE DAY CELEBRATIONS ON FRIDAY 8th MAY – SUDBURY TOWN COUNCIL We have received a message from the Town Council encouraging everyone to do as much as we can virtually to celebrate VE Day on Friday 8th May. They have put together a virtual program …

Coronavirus Message to Membership

April 2, 2020

CORONAVIRUS MESSAGE TO SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP: Please note that due to the unprecedented lockdown and social distancing measures imposed by the government in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, members meetings are suspended until further notice and …

In Memoriam: Stephen Thorpe

April 2, 2020

It is with great sadness that we note the death last month of Stephen Thorpe, stalwart of the Society for many years with special interest in planning issues and an active campaigner for our town. We offer the sincerest condolences to his family, Pat a …

Come to our AGM on 26th March!

March 7, 2020

SOCIETY AGM PLUS CHEESE & WINE EVENING – 26TH MARCH There’s never been a better time to join the Sudbury Society and get fully involved in the debate about our town’s future and how we can both protect our built and natural heritage into the future …

Society response to the Vision for Prosperity Exhibition January 2020

February 13, 2020

We welcome this joint initiative by the District and County Council to engage with the people of Sudbury on the future of our town and trust that it will be just the beginning of the consultative process. HOTEL: The proposed four-storey hotel would sit …

Proposed changes to the townscape in New Street/Prince Street. Go to Planning Comments

November 1, 2019

Part-time Administrator Appointed

October 8, 2019

BECKY PLANT IS OUR NEW PART TIME ADMINISTRATOR & DEVELOPMENT OFFICER We are pleased to announce that after interviews in December, the Sudbury Society has, for the first time, appointed  a part-time administrator to support its advocacy work and ta …

Architectural Competition Submissions in!

October 4, 2019

 Sudbury Society Architectural Competition The Sudbury Society re-introduced the Alan Phillips award for outstanding contributions to the built environment in Sudbury and its surrounding area, inviting applications by the end of 2019. We have received …

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 …