Ascension Day gifts for town’s pensioners

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Thirty-nine pensioners recently received clothing and food vouchers to the value of £25 each from the Sudbury Municipal Charities as part of the town’s Ascension Day ceremony.

Sudbury Town clerk Jacqui Howells represented the mayor and deputy mayor, who were both away, giving out the financial gifts to elderly Sudbury residents.

The ceremony began in 1622 when Martin Cole’s will directed that the annual rent charge on Great Henny Mill should be used to purchase canvas to provide smocks and shirts to elderly residents of Sudbury to be given out on Ascension Day.

In 1668 Nathaniel King’s will stated that the ground rent from the George Inn, situated where The Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop now stands, should be used to purchase loaves to be given to the same pensioners.

The vouchers are exchangeable at Winch and Blatch and Roys.