About Us

Plant and seed swapThe Sudbury Market Town Partnership employs a part-time Project Manager to support the progress of our various initiatives, including the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, as well as delivering projects in recycling, waste reduction and skills-share through its Transition Group, and the work of a Community Kitchen, a group of volunteers who offer twice-weekly lunches of soup to those in need.

The Partnership is pleased to work alongside over 200 voluntary and community groups, churches and schools in the area, as well as local authorities and other organisations which benefit local residents. More information about the projects which the Partnership has completed and those which are taking place in 2016 can be found on this web site.

As an organisation, the Partnership works to promote the social and environmental development of Sudbury and the surrounding Suffolk villages, including Great and Little Cornard, Great and Little Waldingfield, Acton, Newton Green, Chilton, Assington, Edwardstone, Long Melford, Boxford, as well as Bulmer, Borley, Foxearth, Liston, Pentlow and Great Henny in Essex.

Eco-fair - Karl Shillingofrd cooking foraged foodsOur team develops, co-ordinates and implements projects outlined in our Action Plan, which is regularly revised and up-dated based on community feedback.

Since 2004, the Partnership has managed, co-ordinated and delivered a number of regeneration programmes in Sudbury working with partner agencies wherever possible.  Visit the ‘Our Achievements’ page to learn more about some of our accomplishments thus far.

The Partnership is managed by a Board of Trustees (currently 6) and supported by members of a Steering Committee.  It sets up sub-groups as required to take forward specific projects and initiatives.

The Partnership brought together community leaders to set up the Town Team in 2012 in response to a Government initiative following the ‘Portas Review’ of the nation’s high streets.  This is now a separate organisation, funded via the local authority.

However, as the Town Team shares a number of objectives with the Partnership, the Partnership is represented on its Management Group so that, where appropriate, the two organisations can work together.  This is especially the case with the annual ‘Taste of Sudbury’ Food and Drink Festival, with the aim of encouraging people to discover and enjoy what the town has to offer in terms of local food and drink and to help reduce food miles.

The Partnership also set up The Sudbury Market Town Company (a company limited by guarantee number 06229873).