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    Event Report: Suffolk 1940 – would Sudbury have survived a German invasion?

    Jonathan Belsey spoke to a full house at the January meeting with the slide-talk chillingly titled Suffolk 1940: would Sudbury have survived a German invasion?             He set the scene with what was happening in Europe during 1940: Dunkirk, fall of …

    Event Report: What’s Good about Sudbury

    Our President, Lord Andrew Phillips, took this statement as a starting point for his short gallop through the history of our town. His remarks on Friday 28thMarch were addressed  to a large audience who had braved more of the season’s soggy weather to …

    Event Report: 150 Years of a Retail Butcher’s Shop September 26

    Ruse’s butchers shop 1912 A bit gruesome but that’s how it was!   The first talk of the winter season was on 26 September and pretty well attended it was too. The speaker was Henry Ruse, one of the famous Ruse family of butchers who own a shop in …

    Event Report: The Mysteries of Gestingthorpe Roman villa November 28 2014

    It is always a pleasure to listen to Ashley Cooper talking so passionately about his farm, his father, their mutual interest in history and their archaeological finds around the Roman villa on their land at Gestingthorpe.     Ashley illustrated his tal …

    Event Report: O Brave New World?

    O Brave New World? The AGM, held on 22 March, was followed by an excellent slide-talk by David Burnett entitled O Brave New World – its title should really have ended with a question mark. Its sub-title was the Post-War Redevelopment of Sudbury – which …

    Link: Sudbury Museum Trust Homepage

    Event Report: Fiction in Sudbury: A Literary Tour

    Two authors and an actor gave members a fascinating evening on Thursday 24 October. Simon Edge is the Sudbury author of ‘A Right Royal Face-Off’, a modern satire based on artists Gainsborough and Reynolds. He began by reminding us of Daniel Defoe’s jou …

    Page: Events

    Garden Party, July 2019 The Society hosts regular members’ meetings which from September 2019 are being moved to a larger and more central venue: Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Sudbury CO10 1TL. There are limited on street parking spaces on Market Hill and …

    Event: Sudbury Society Christmas Lunch

    Event: Modern Organic Farming in Suffolk

    Event: Disappearing wildlife in Sudbury and East Anglia – and what we can do about it

    Event: St Peter’s Regeneration Plans – Project Update

    News Story: Architectural Competition Open!

     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 …

    News Story: Part-time Administrator Vacancy…deadline extended!

    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 …

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

    Page: Sudbury’s Local List

    Introduction Listed Buildings Our distinctive and attractive townscape is a mix of buildings from many periods. Most people are aware of the fine old buildings in the town, dating from the 15th through to the early 19th Century. These are considered to …

    Event Report: ‘By Royal Appointment’ – Celebrating Craftsmanship

    Our Autumn series of talks kicked off with a visit by Richard Peck of the Royal Warrant Holders Association on 26th September in our new venue at the Town Hall Assembly Rooms. It was a fascinating insight into how the mark of royal patronage from medie …

    Page: Sudbury Photo Gallery

    The images here are just a sample of the buildings which make up our town’s fine heritage. In addition to buildings we will include other features of the town which are also part of the town’s heritage. The images in the Gallery are displayed below in …

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    Part-time Administrator Vacancy…get in touch! 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 campaig …

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

     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 …

    Page: Contact

    Please direct any general enquiries concerning the Society to: info@sudburysociety.org.uk Specific queries may be directed to members of the executive committee listed below: Chairman: Prof. John French – chair@sudburysociety.org.uk Vice-Chairman: Sam …

    Event: Fiction in Sudbury – A literary tour

    Event: ‘By Royal Appointment’ – A Celebration of Craftmanship

    Page: Property Owners Discussion Forum

    We are currently distributing notices to all properties on the Society’s Local List to alert them that their properties have been recognised as being of architectural/heritage/cultural significance. We have provided this page as an opportunity for prop …

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    Page: 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 f …

    News Story: Local List Updated!

    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 …

    News Story: Charles Debenham – Local Artist

    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 …

    Page: About Us

    The Sudbury Society was born in 1973 at a time when Sudbury was undergoing great changes – many houses and other buildings in the heart of the town were being pulled down to make way for new roads and car parks whilst residential and housing estates we …

    Event: My Family & Other Cameras

    Event: Summer Garden Party & Concert

    Page: Welcome

    We welcome your interest in the Sudbury Society. Why not become a Member and join us Our broad objectives are: To stimulate local interest and pride in our attractive and historic market town. To encourage the very highest standard of planning and arch …

    Event Report: SudSoc Christmas Party 2018

    Our annual Christmas Party was a great success attracting over 50 members on a chilly winter’s night. Gathering in All Saints Hall on 14th December, all those attending enjoyed a delicious buffet of hot and cold food plus dessert as well as excellent e …

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    Annual Subscription rates (1st Jan – 31st Dec) are: Single Member: £10 Junior Member (under 18): £5 Corporate (for local organisations that wish to support the Society): £15 You can submit a membership form online here Online Membership Form Name*Your …

    Page: Our Town

    Sudbury is a thriving market town with a long history. Before the Roman Conquest an Iron Age settlement occupied the defensible spur of high ground, roughly between the Croft and Stour Street.  The development of the present town began in the Middle Sa …

    Page: The Stars & Stripes

    The Star-Spangled banner – from Sudbury Next time you walk down Cross Street towards Ballingdon have a look at the cottages on your right – specifically numbers 75-78. They might look fairly nondescript now – modest terraced houses – but they have a hi …

    Page: Advice to owners

    Here is some advice for local property owners who intend to make alterations  A LISTED PROPERTY eg Grade 1 or 2 First discuss your plans with the Conservation Officer at Babergh District Council A LOCALLY LISTED PROPERTY A few suggestions if you are th …

    Page: Planning

    Sudbury’s former Boy’s Grammar School Below you will find the comments of the Sudbury Society Planning Group as submitted to the planning authorities. Victoria Hall, the Conservative Club and New Hall Black Boy barn behind Market Hill

    Page: Links

    RC Church on The Croft Here are some links to other organisations or groups who have an interest in Sudbury or in civic pride generally. Babergh District CouncilThis link takes you to the main Babergh website. Then click on Planning. http://www.babergh …

    Page: AGM 2018 – Chair’s Report

    Chair’s Report given at the Annual General Meeting of the Sudbury Society on 23 March 2018   This has been a very busy year for both Committee and Members. We have worked on ‘going public’ with the Society, heard talks on everything from sign-writ …

    Event: Older Houses & Climate Change

    Event: Thatching & Brewing Tour

    Event: Visit to Cambridge and Ely

    Event: Sudbury on Show 2019

    Event: Sudbury Society AGM and ‘Hidden Histories’ Talk

    Event: Sustainable Architecture Debate

    Page: The Book

     ‘The Unlisted Heritage’ A Sudbury Society book A compilation of buildings in Sudbury that are not currently listed by English Heritage. Instead they appear on the Local Authority’s list of buildings that are of historical or aesthetic interest. This g …

    Page: Newsletters

    The Society publishes two Newsletters each year, full of event reports, photographs, articles and member submissions. Our editor is always on the lookout for interesting features and opinion pieces so please do get in touch with your ideas to newsjourn …

    Event Report: Sudbury Society AGM – 2018

    Friday 23 March 2018, All Saints Church Hall, Sudbury   Members were welcomed by outgoing chairman, Lorna Hoey who read apologies for absence and asked for the adoption of the minutes from the AGM of Friday March 24 2017. The minutes were adopted. …

    Event Report: Harry Turner – Sudbury’s Unsung Hero

    Sudbury Society AGM, Friday 23 March 2018, All Saints Church Hall, Sudbury   Following the official business of the AGM, members enjoyed a short refreshment break before ne chairman, John French introduced society member, Sam Thornton with his tal …

    Event Report: The Silk road to Sudbury

      Report from the meeting of the Sudbury Society Friday 23 February 2018 The meeting was opened by chairman, Lorna Hoey who outlined the change in times and days of meetings and that from now they will all be held at All Saints Church Hall in Sudb …

    Event Report: Cattle on the Water Meadows

        Cattle on the Sudbury Common Lands and Riverside: a year of management  Back by popular request for November’s meeting was Adrian Walters, Ranger of the Sudbury Common Lands – more popularly known as the water meadows. This slide-talk foc …

    Event Report: The Westminster Trip

    A Fabulous Tour!   It must be about 50 years since I went around the Houses of Parliament. Since then I have learned much about British history and can make much more sense of what I saw and was being told by our excellent guide, John.   We b …

    News Story: LoveSudbury campaign launch at Sudbury on Show

    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 …

    Event Report: Music Hall with Bryan Thurlow

    There was a disappointing turn out for the Sudbury Society’s talk on music hall by Bryan Thurlow on 2 December. This was surprising as Bryan has been very popular at previous Sudbury Society meetings for he is full of enthusiasm for his subject. He san …

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    on the meadows

    News Story: The perambulating Post Office…

    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 …

    News Story: Our Chairman’s views on relocation of the Bus Station

    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 …

    News Story: The Bus station: more thoughts

    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 …

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    Event Report: Visit to Little Hall, Lavenham

    On a beautiful morning in late June, Sudbury Society members enjoyed a private visit to Little Hall in Lavenham. One of the village’s show places it is set just off the square around the corner from the Guildhall – and it’s yellow ochre – you can’t mis …

    Event Report: Sudbury Society AGM

      The Society AGM took place on Friday 18th March at Friars Hall. It  followed the usual format with apologies for absence, adoption of the minutes of the 2015 AGM, Chairman’s report and a brief finance report by the Chair as the Treasurer has sto …

    News Story: Chilton Woods – Our response to the recent Planning Application

    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 …

    News Story: Get involved with new book on Listed Buildings

    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 …

    News Story: WW2 painting for Heritage Centre

    ‘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 …

    News Story: Chilton – A New Book

    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 …

    Event Report: Quay History Talk – Belle Vue House

    Belle Vue House has a history – but will it have a future? The Quay Theatre opened 2016’s series of local history talks on Sunday evening 24 January with my new slide-talk about the history of Belle Vue House which has been in the news during the last …

    News Story: Look at new plans for St Peters

    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 …

    News Story: Those Town Centre Traffic Lights!

    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 …

    News Story: Our latest ‘Visions’ Art Show

    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 …

    News Story: Bus Station developments

    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’ …

    News Story: The Sudbury Fire

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

    Event Report: ◊ Roaming Around a Roman Villa 15/8/2015

    The August outing to Ashley Cooper’s farm at Gestingthorpe was a delight. Ashley picked up threads from his talk to the Sudbury Society in November 2014 about the Roman villa which his father, Harold, had uncovered in the late 1940s soon after he bough …

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

    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 …

    Event Report: The History and Conservationof the Sudbury Riverside January 30 2015

    The salmon leap This was the wide-ranging title of Adrian Walters’ illustrated talk to members at the Sudbury Society’s meeting on January 26th. It was a particularly bitter evening so it was a sign of the popularity of Adrian’s talks that so many peop …

    News Story: Latest thinking on current local issues

    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 …

    News Story: What was under our gardens?

      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 …

    News Story: Lorna Hoey – our ‘Chair Elect’

      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 …

    News Story: Belle Vue – the Society’s position

    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 …

    Link: Suffolk Preservation Society

    News Story: What’s under your garden?

    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 …

    News Story: Walnuttree Hospital

    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 …

    News Story: How important is an anchor?

    (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 …

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

    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 …

    News Story: Best of Visions

      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, …

    News Story: Friends’ Meeting House receives Alan Phillips’ Award

      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 …

    News Story: Prolog application- UPDATE 6/09/2013

    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 …

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    Event Report: Suffolk 1940 – would Sudbury have survived a German invasion? Jonathan Belsey spoke to a full house at the January meeting with the slide-talk chillingly titled Suffolk 1940: would Sudbury have survived a German invasion?            …

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    Gallery Photo: The Dental Emporium, Acton Square

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    Gallery Photo: The Drill Hall, Gainsborough Street

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