Achievements

Sudbury Entry SignSudbury Market Town Partnership is proud to support the Sudbury community, and its surrounding villages.

Through our collective hard-work and dedication, since 2004 we have achieved the following:

  • Attracted over £400,000 of additional funding for the town
  • Created The Talbot Trail – a series of bronze statues around the town, depicting some events from Sudbury’s past, together with a leaflet to guide visitors around the Trail – used by local schools, local residents and visitors
  • New town entry signs in distinctive burgundy red (updated 2014)
  • New information boards, again in burgundy red
  • Refurbishment of Old Market Place, with new paving, planters, seating and trees and a glass sculpture depicting the area in medieval times when it was the ‘beast market’
  • Regeneration of Siam Gardens which had been derelict and unused for many years and is now a pleasant area of tranquility in the town. Sudbuary Silk leafletFurther bronze statues were added in the gardens to celebrate the town’s history as a weaving centre (silk is still produced at three factories in Sudbury), together with information boards tracing the history of weaving in this area (visitors’ leaflet available) – used by local schools, local residents and visitors
  • On behalf of Babergh District Council, commissioning a study by the Civic Trust to facilitate a development brief for the area around the bus station (the Hamilton Road Quarter)
  • Set up the Sudbury and District Reward Card to encourage local shopping and a reduction of ‘food / retail miles’
  • Setting up Transition Sudbury and District as a sub-group to promote greater understanding of environmental issues, and organise activities which encourage carbon reduction, healthier living and skills-share classes
  • Helped to set up the Town Team
  • Supported the local food bank with volunteers and raised funds for them
  • Inspired the annual Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival, initially developed and managed by the Town Team but now run by Suffolk Market Events.  The festival was designed to encourage people to discover and enjoy food and drink from the local area and to help reduce food miles.
  • Skills share class - keeping chikckensSet up a Community Kitchen as a sub-group to provide food for those in need.
  • Working with Babergh and Mid-SuffolkDistrict Council (BDC) to retain three hours free car parking and improve ‘tourist’ signage
  • Organised a St George’s Weekend of activities in 2017:  on Saturday 22 April a day of free workshops to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations, followed by a Volunteer Awards Ceremony, and on Sunday 23 April a Country Fair for all the family, with entertainment, refreshments, and stalls provided by the VCS to raise funds for their own good causes;  this was attended by around 1500 visitors.