Tributes have been paid to the outgoing chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s, Roger Green, who has stepped down after 27 years in the role.
The Friends of St Peter’s is the charity responsible for looking after St Peter’s church in the centre of Sudbury – one of the town’s landmark buildings.
Roger has been involved with the Friends of St Peter’s in some capacity since 1973.
During his tenure as chairman, St Peter’s in Market Hill has become established as a hub for events in Sudbury including farmers markets, art exhibitions, music concerts, Thursday’s popular Kettle and Fish café and the annual Christmas tree festival.
The venue attracts around 60,000 visitors each year, and is one of the most used redundant churches in the UK.
Roger will be replaced by Peter Gray who has stepped up from vice-chairman.
Peter said: “Roger can take much of the credit for St Peter’s being the vibrant and cherished place it is today. He has given immeasurable hours to maintaining and improving St Peter’s for the benefit of all, and he has done so with unerring wisdom, charm and diplomacy.
“The whole of Sudbury owes Roger a debt of gratitude for his enormous efforts over so many years.”
Roger will continue to work on collating research and writing about the heritage of St Peter’s, with Peter adding: “There is nobody who knows more about the history of this building and its place in the town.”
Peter takes over as chairman at an exciting time for the Friends of St Peter’s.
The group recently secured a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant under the ‘Sharing Heritage’ scheme and is in the process of putting some of the money towards appointing a professional consultant who will be tasked with attracting more young people and youth groups to use the space, and promoting family events.
The initiative is part of a long-term plan to modernise the interior of the 15th century church with enhanced visitor facilities, toilets and upgraded food service areas.
Roger said: “I believe that Sharing Heritage has the potential to take St Peter’s forward to new projects and new ways of working to ensure a future for this wonderful building.
“I was 28 when I first became involved with St Peter’s. It excited me then and I know it can do the same for those of similar age today.
“Peter is the perfect person to fill the role of chairman. I trust, admire and respect him hugely. He has a proven track record of service to St Peter’s.
“He also has my total support and I know he has the support of those elected to serve with him for the coming year.”