Residents get a lift from thoughtful Bryn

Babergh Disitrct Councillor Bryn Hurren who decided to take lonely elderly residents out on a day trip after encountering many lonely people during his election campaign. ANL-150906-121349009

Babergh Disitrct Councillor Bryn Hurren who decided to take lonely elderly residents out on a day trip after encountering many lonely people during his election campaign. ANL-150906-121349009

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A district councillor found loneliness was one of the big issues when he was out canvassing door-to-door for the local election in May.

So he decided to do something about it by organising a night out at the theatre for any isolated residents who wanted to join him.

Bryn Hurren, district councillor for Boxford, organised a trip to The Quay on May 27 to see Acorn Antiques by Sudbury Musical Society.

Now he is planning another trip at the end of July to The Quay Theatre to see the UK’s top Elvis tribute artist Marshall King in The Only Way is Elvis.

This time he has organised to take the Boxford Primary School minibus, which has insurance to be used for community trips.

Mr Hurren, whose ward covers the villages of Edwardstone, Groton, Lindsey and Milden, is chairman of the board of trustees of The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

He said: “The trip was for people who find it difficult to get out in the evening because of lack of transport. So with my Quay hat on, I decided to organise a trip to the theatre.

“During my campaign, I found so many people who lead very lonely lives and have little to look forward to. People with no transport are very isolated in our villages.

“At the time I organised the trip, it coincided with an Over 60s Club event so there were only five of us in the end.

“As a trial it was a success. But hopefully there will be more coming along in July and we have the use of the school bus too.”

Anne Kingsbury, 73, who lives a mile from Boxford said: “It was a really nice evening and lovely to get out.” She has lived near the village for 43 years.

She added: “I live on my own, don’t own a car and can’t walk very well, so I don’t get out. It made a change from watching television. I live on a small pension - I can’t afford taxis.

“It was very thoughtful and very kind of Bryn to come up with the idea in the first place.”

Mr Hurren said he wanted to hear from anyone interested in joining the trip to the theatre in July. His number is 01787 210854.