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New Friends of St Peter's chairman excited by progress of major regeneration proposals for Sudbury landmark

The new chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s says it is an exciting time to be coming into the role, despite the coronavirus pandemic, as the Sudbury landmark presses forward with ambitious regeneration plans.

Retired accountant Hilary Spivey, who has been the bookings secretary for the Market Hill venue since 2014, paid tribute to her predecessors Peter Gray, Oliver Forder and Roger Green, after taking on the lead role at the organisation.

The charity group is currently awaiting the outcome of a second round grant funding application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, seeking almost £2 million to support major proposals to revitalise the venue, with a new contemporary gallery, improved facilities and repairs to the building.

Hilary Spivey (pictured with her husband Robert) is the new chairman of the Friends of St Peter's. (37306044)
Hilary Spivey (pictured with her husband Robert) is the new chairman of the Friends of St Peter's. (37306044)

“I am very happy to become chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s at such an exciting, but also very difficult, time due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Everyone at the friends has been working really hard alongside the Churches Conservation Trust to get the bid in for the second round grant funding, which will not only transform the interior of St Peter’s, but will repair the roofs to the building, which are now in a very bad condition.”

St Peter’s resumes its regular farmers’ market today, following its temporary suspension due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The friends group is also continuing to seek volunteers and donations. To learn more, go to www.stpetersudbury.co.uk.

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