Bid to attract more visitors to St Peter’s

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Lunchtime concerts, free internet connection and longer opening hours will be introduced at St Peter’s in Sudbury to encourage more visitors.

The Friends of St Peter’s want more people to enjoy the venue and, thanks to an increase in volunteers, are exploring various ideas.

An open church policy was adopted in April and, despite two incidents of theft and minor vandalism, which resulted in the doors being closed for a few months, the building has been open from 10.30am to 12.30pm each day since the new year.

Peter Gray, a member of the Friends group and a Sudbury town councillor, said it was hoped these hours could be extended.

“We hope visitors and townsfolk will feel free to drop in for tea and coffee, and perhaps to eat their lunch in the calm surroundings,” he said.

“Musicians are being approached to provide entertainment for casual lunchtime concerts and it is also planned to provide visitors with a free wi-fi connection.”

Mr Gray said more volunteers were still needed, as were committee members following the retirement of Stuart Letten.

“There is a strong feeling that new, younger members are needed to bolster an ageing management committee,” he said.

Mr Gray added that it was a “great privilege” that celebrated author Ronald Blythe had agreed to become the group’s new president.