Best show in town for community groups

ON SHOW: From left, John Sayers, Colin Spence, Jacqui Howells, Sue Brotherwood and Jack Owen.
ON SHOW: From left, John Sayers, Colin Spence, Jacqui Howells, Sue Brotherwood and Jack Owen.
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Sudbury’s community groups, voluntary organisations and clubs will show off everything the town has to offer at Sudbury on Show next month.

A total of 100 organisations will be represented with stalls in St Peter’s on Market Hill and Sudbury Town Hall from 9.30am to 3pm on Saturday, February 2.

This will be the sixth time the event, which is held every two years, has been organised. Lord Phillips came up with the idea to showcase the groups, activities and organisations on offer for residents in Sudbury and the surrounding area.

Jacqui Howells, deputy town clerk, said: “It is always a very popular event with hundreds of people. It is for the clubs and societies to get more members and volunteers to help run them but also for people in Sudbury to find out what they can do in their town.

“It is unbelievable how much there is to do.”

Mayor Jack Owen said: “It gives us an opportunity to show what Sudbury is about from a voluntary and sporting point of view.”

He said there were no concerns over the weather impacting on the day’s events, as most of the organisers live either in the town or close by.

A free brochure containing details of 300 clubs in Sudbury and the surrounding area has been printed and can be picked up from the town hall or the library. A selection of the stalls aimed at younger people will also be at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard on Monday, February 4, to give pupils a chance to see what is on offer.

Suffolk county councillors Colin Spence and John Sayers have allocated money from their locality budgets for the event.

“It encourages people who want to do volunteering as to where they can channel their efforts,” said Mr Sayers, who will be representing the Gainsborough Line Action Group, Sudbury Rotary Club and Sudbury in Bloom.

Mr Spence added: “We’re all facing difficult times and the volunteering sector is stepping up to the plate and addressing some of the needs.”

Sudbury’s Masonic Hall in North Street will also be opening its doors for free guided tours on the day at 10am and 2pm. For more information, contact Stuart Andrews on 07768667470.