Recent News and Activities

Our recent news is listed below, but information from past years can be found on our News Archive page.


Sudbury SpringFest - a new venture

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"Save a Heart" Day

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Christmas Tree Festival returns to St. Peters

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Crucial Crew returns after Covid

After two years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions, Sudbury Rotary Club’s Crucial Crew was able to take place once again.  This was the twenty-first event and around 735 Year-6 youngsters from 27 local schools learnt vital lessons on personal safety during a week in May, bringing the overall total of youngsters to around 13,500 since the activity was launched in 1999. Unlike other Crucial Crews in Suffolk, which are organised by the various District Councils, Sudbury Crucial Crew has been funded, organised and run totally by Sudbury Rotary Club.  With regret, this was the last Crucial Crew organised by the club and we have invited Babergh District Council and The Bridge Project to take over the organisation.  The club will continue to take part by running the 999-Call scenario.


Find out more here.

Rotary Christmas activities almost back to normal

The Covid restrictions in 2020 caused the cancellation of the ever-popular Rotary Christmas Tree Festival, but normal service was resumed once the restrictions were lifted. A new venue was needed though, since St. Peter's was closed for major work to be carried out, but we were grateful that St. Gregory's church was made available.  A smaller church meant fewer trees, but over 3,000 people came along and enjoyed the spectacle.  


We were also able to contribute to the start of Christmas in Sudbury by providing an opportunity for youngsters to come and meet Santa once again, and on a cold November evening, many did.  


Find out more here.


Sudbury counsellor is named a Community Champion

Congratulations to Christine Boatwright, who has been honoured by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland with a prestigious Community Champion award after being nominated by Sudbury Rotary Club for her work in setting up and offering counselling in the Kernos Centre. The award recognises ‘unsung heroes’, whose volunteering efforts have had a huge impact on people’s lives. 


Find out more here.


“Pooches on Parade” - Sudbury’s virtual dog show

A novel idea was tried during the dark days of ‘lock-down’ with a virtual dog show. The club is very grateful to Martin Brocklebank, creator of the Rotary e-Club, for creating a website to allow participants to enter.  Despite widespread advertising, the competition failed to generate a lot of interest and only 36 entries were submitted into the various classes.  The event has generated some much needed income in support of the President’s nominated charities.  We would like to thank all those who took part.



Click here to see a gallery of the winners.




 Support for the Christopher Centre at Christmas

Here are some of the items bought by the Sudbury Community Depot at the Christopher Centre for the disadvantaged citizens of Sudbury using money that was recently donated by members of the Sudbury Rotary Club. 


Sudbury Community Depot provides household goods and furniture for those moving from homelessness into accommodation.  It also provides for those fleeing from domestic violence and for families struggling to make ends meet.  It always adds a starter pack of cleaning materials and a basic larder to get folk started.  Rotary has supported the Depot from the beginning and it is so grateful for the generosity of Rotary's members.


Lights Out for Christmas Tree Festival

It is with great regret that we will not be able to stage the annual Rotary Christmas Tree Festival in St. Peters this year due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Plans were under way to present the festival with a reduced number of trees while following Government restrictions and rules, but the November ‘lock-down’ and the liklihood of further restrictions in December has made this impossible.  


‘Purple-4-Polio’ to brighten Sudbury in the Spring


Members of the Club enjoyed meeting together recently for the first time in many months to plant another 1,000 purple crocus. We were joined on the grass alongside Croft Road and Gregory Street by our local MP James Cartlidge and Sudbury Town Clerk Ciaran Griffin, who helped with the planting. For a more detailed account and for more pictures, take a look at our November Newsletter.




By next Spring you will see over 5,000 purple crocus in a variety of locations, including the entrances to the town, in Siam Gardens, at the railway station and the Health Centre. They will also be coming up in the grounds of our local schools and we hope they will not only provide a colourful environment but will also raise awareness of Rotary’s on-going campaign to eradicate polio.


Rotary Clubs world-wide have joined in the Rotary ‘Purple-4-Polio’ campaign to eradicate polio with great success as there are now only two countries where polio is still evident. Use the link above to find out more about the project.



Our President, a botanical artist, is raising funds to continue the good work by offering beautifully illustrated cards for sale featuring a Crocus Ruby Giant artwork - the colour of the crocus is similar to the colour of the dye into which a child’s finger is dipped to show that they have been vaccinated. You can help defeat polio and help us to support this venture by ordering the cards. Find out more and order the cards.

Socially distanced picnic beats Covid restrictions

One of the major features of Sudbury Rotary Club is the opportunity to meet with fellow Rotarians and enjoy a social get-together, which the Covid restrictions have stopped. With each month passing though, there is a little more light at the end of the tunnel, and the easing of restrictions in July has been welcomed with a little normality returning to our lives. 

The planned garden picnic at Phillip Richardson’s home was something we were all looking forward to as it has been so long since we were able to meet face to face. Thankfully, the weather held up and we enjoyed a delightful afternoon. Our thanks to Phillip for making this possible. 






Covid-19 restrictions mean ‘virtual’ club meetings

Although some of the club’s activities have had to be abandoned, a number of the Rotarians have found a way to get together on a Monday lunchtime via a weekly on-line meeting, with talks by a number of Rotarians, quizzes and other interactions.


The problems created by ‘furloughing’ many jobs in Sudbury has caused considerable hardship to many residents and so the club has worked with the local Citizen's Advice Bureau, which is one of the last President’s Charities, to provide food vouchers to clients genuinely in need.  One recipient commented "I just want to say thank you so much for the Sainsbury's gift voucher. It was lovely of you to think of me and my child. Thank you. Really touched me.”


The work of the club continues despite the problems



Recent News and Activities sub-pages:

Here are my friends .......

Pooches on Parade

more Winners of the virtual Dog Show.

Fund Raising for “Purple 4 Polio”

more Help support the Purple-4- Polio project by buying beautifully illustrated cards.

Christmas Activities 2019

more The Christmas Tree Festival and Santa's visit to Sudbury

Stour Valley Fun Day

more Photographs from the event

Huw Edwards, with Club President Tony Platt

Huw Edwards as Guest of Honour at our Charter Dinner


The Central Aisle and Tree of memories

Christmas Activities 2018