Saturday 23rd June, Constable Country, a leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk, meet at NT car park Flatford (£4 non-member) CO76UL, 10am start. Lesley 01787280392
Wednesday 27th June, An Evening Stroll, an easy 3.5 mile circular walk around Newton Green followed by a meal at the Saracens Head ( menu and book on arrival ) meet at the pub CO100QT, 18:30 start. Margaret 01787280996
Saturday 7th July, Sudbury to Bures, a moderate 7.3 mile linear walk from Sudbury to Bures, returning by bus, meet at Kingfisher long stay car park CO102SU ( pay and display ) 10 am start, please bring a picnic lunch. Margaret 01787880875.
Wednesday 11th July, A two rivers walk, a leisurely 5.3 mile circular walk from Shotley Gate taking in the rivers Stour and Orwell, roadside parking in Shotley Gate IP91PY, 10am start. Peter 01787468536
Sunday 22nd July, Bures, Castle and Dragon figure of 8 walk, a moderate 10 miles, a two part walk starting in Bures, 5 miles in the morning returning to Bures for either a picnic lunch or at The Eight Bells followed by 5 miles in the afternoon, parking at Bures station car park CO85DQ, 10 am start. Steve 01787279325.
Wednesday 25th July, Wool Towns Wander. Assington to Hadleigh. Bus to Assington, walk on to Hadleigh, a moderate 8.5 miles, and then bus back to Sudbury, meet at Sudbury bus station CO102UU at 09:05am to catch the No 84 bus at 09:15am. Keith 01787277484.
Our Annual Norfolk Walk is on Saturday 1st September, details can be found by searching

Tuesday 26th June Anna Tivel & Jeffrey Martin – Enchanting American folk music on tour from the USA. (In aid of the St Peter's Regeneration Fund.) £12 / £5 (students).
Friday 29th June Luke Wright – Award-winning performance poet; thought-provoking and hilarious. Age 14+ audience discretion. (In aid of the St Peter's Regeneration Fund.) £10 / £5 (students).

Friday June 22 @ 7.30pm. COME & SING - HMS PINAFORE at The Quay Theatre, Sudbury.
From the comfort of your on deck seat, rehearse the songs as Sailors, Sisters, Cousins & Aunts of The First Lord of The Admiralty, before joining costumed soloists from the legendary D’Oyly Carte Opera Company for a second half show where anything can, & will happen! Come in character costume (optional) to win a prize....! Tickets booked DIRECT from The Quay Theatre ( or 01787 374745 - £20 including souvenir score & flag.
Saturday June 30 @7pm. ATEA WIND QUINTET at Liston Church (1 mile west of Long Melford). 5 stunning, young professional virtuoso musicians from London –Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, & Horn, play French Instrumental music by Bizet, Ravel, & Debussy
Sunday July 1 @ 7pm. THE KING’S MEN The Choral Scholars from King’s Cambridge in Close Harmony! Seat Reservations: £20 each or £35 for both concerts at Liston Church (inclusive of a programme, Interval Drinks & Canapes) from or 01787 375900

Sunday 1 July at 6.00pm. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Concert in St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL.
Conductor: Matthew Andrews, Soloist: Philippa Barton, Leader: Steve Calder. Saint-Saens: Symphony No 2 and Havonaise, Butterworth:Banks of Green Willow, Finzi:Introit for violin and orchestra. Tickets: Adult £12, Child £2. Available from Compact Music, North Street, Sudbury and Sudbury Tourist Information (library). Or email: A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.

Saturday 28th July 2018, 12:00-4:00pm Henny Fete and Duck Race at the Henny Swan.
All the usual games and stalls: Children’s games and for the Adults-Coconut Shy, Bowling for the Pig etc on the banks of the River Stour. As well as the annual Duck Race we have Shire Horses on display and a fun Dog Show. Entrance Free.

Permanent and Seasonal Attractions
Permanent and Seasonal Attractions in the District include: Flatford (NT), Lavenham Guildhall (NT), Melford Hall (NT), Kentwell Hall. Please see contact details for these below.
Gainsborough’s House - Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm Adults £6.50
Long Melford Heritage Centre - Sat 10am-4pm, Sun Noon-4pm, Weds 2pm-4pm. Free Entry

Various Dates
Stepping Out in Suffolk- Health Walks
, See web site
Guided Countryside Walks – See

Sudbury’s businesses are proud to be able to offer their customers 3 hours free parking in their District Council Car Parks.
However, there is currently a review by Babergh District Council who are considering starting charging for the currently free period and businesses are very concerned by how this will affect their trade. There has been a lot of publicity about how High Streets all over the country are struggling, initially it was the competition from out of town shopping, who not only benefit from being able to offer free parking but also have lower business rates, now it is the growth in online shopping, which again does not have the same high levels of business rates. Reports can be found to show evidence that shopkeepers overestimate the proportion of customers that travel by car. However, these reports relate to metropolitan areas rather than small rural towns where many people have no option but to drive to the shops.
Keeping three hours free parking in Sudbury is important to both businesses, visitors and residents as demonstrated in two recent surveys carried out by the Sudbury Town Team. In a survey of businesses in Sudbury Town Centre in January 2014, free car parking was the main issued which was raised as the most important factor to the success of their business in the future. Stephane Chapotot co-owner of The Secret Garden in Friars Street said "business rates are a large proportion of our costs and on top of that as a business we also have to pay for our bins to be emptied, what are these business rates going towards if we are also going to lose free parking for our customers?"
Another survey carried out by the Sudbury Town Team and Gainsborough's House of visitors and residents who visited the town centre which come out in June 2015 showed that 31.7% came into Sudbury because of the free parking and 27.3% would like more free parking available.
Jane Hatton from the Sudbury Town Team said " Local authorities should see free parking as a service for local people not a short term method to raise money and more importantly as a way of supporting their market towns. It has been proven in other towns that when they lose free parking it discourages people from using the town centre, towns where parking charges have been introduced have then had to offer hours when parking is free to increase footfall but the damage to their town centres has already been done".
Chris Storey from Sudbury Chamber of Commerce added "A careful scrutiny of the details surrounding the location of Sudbury, access to the town and other retail centres and the particular challenges of the town centre should make it absolutely clear that three hours free parking is essential if the town centre is not to decline significantly. From a purely economic perspective the council should not have any grounds for bringing in charges. The town is dependent on this for its future prosperity and a more retrograde step is hard to envisage. Reducing the long term rateable value of the town centre – which is likely to result from such an act – together with the reduced employment and wellbeing derived from the town centre would reduce long term local government income and be far more costly than the small income car parking charges would produce. The Chamber in conjunction with the Town Team remain resolved to fight these proposals and ensure that the town centre can have a long term viable and successful future for the benefit of all, including Babergh District Council.”
If you have any comments or thoughts on Sudbury losing free parking please leave your comments at or email

Assington Mill,
Assington Ln,Sudbury, CO10 5LZ. 01787 229955
Flatford: Bridge Cottage – NT Flatford,East Bergholt CO7 6UL 01206 297201 bridge-cottage/
Kentwell, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA, 01787 310 207,
Lavenham Guildhall – NT, Market Place, Lavenham CO10 9QZ. 01787 247646
Lavenham Tourist, Information Centre, Lady Street, Lavenham CO10 9RA. 01787 248207
Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9AA. 01787 379228.
Mander Auctioneers, Glemsford, near Sudbury CO10 7QU. 01787 282261
The Quay Theatre, The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury. CO10 2AN. 01787 374745.
Contemporary East Anglian Artists and Tudor Life Exhibition. Gainsboroughs House, 46 Gainsborough St. Sudbury CO10 2EU Normal entry prices. Contact 01787 372958


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