My Week - by Mayor of Sudbury Sue Ayres

PUBLISHED: 05:00 01 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:37 02 January 2019

Mayor Sue Ayres with a festive member of staff at Hazel Court.

Mayor Sue Ayres with a festive member of staff at Hazel Court.

Sue Ayres

It’s been a busy festive period for Sue - not least for the number of Christmas dinners she had. Read on to find out more.

Firstly, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year - as for December, it has has been the busiest, yet most enjoyable, month.

Although trying to be really sensible and good, and despite trying to lose weight with the help of Slimming World and the encouragement from the wonderful Georgina, I had eight Christmas dinners!

Thankfully though, on my weigh in on the day after Boxing Day I had only lost one pound.

I went to a fantastic concert at St Gregory’s School, the children were so good, I was reduced to tears at the final song, it was a Beatles number, ‘Golden Slumbers’ by a super young man.

All the children were so confident, they were accompanied by Tom Cogan who had been helping them when rehearsing.

Yet another most moving Christmas Concert was held in St Peter’s Church with well known carols, plus some of the more unusual with poems and readings all performed by our brilliant Sudbury Choral Society.

We had a great Christmas Lunch in the Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall, about 120 folk who are over 65 enjoyed a fabulous three course dinner prepared by Christopher from The Loft.

We were entertained by two lovely guys known as “Frank and Hank” singing lots of songs from the sixties and seventies, they especially sang my favourite “Halfway to Paradise” written by Billy Fury.

Children from Woodhall School also sang beautifully under the direction of Helen Arbon.

All the staff from the Town Hall helped with serving the food, Bradley and Adrian were busy topping everyone up with sherry. It was a great party!

The wonderful landlords of The White Horse in North Street, Ashley and Gary, provided a superb Christmas meal for the “Meet up on Monday” group.

They have hosted this group every Monday since Easter, making a welcoming place for those who may be lonely. This lovely bunch enjoy each other’s company and we have such a good time.

There has been a real spirit of Christmas and good will in our town. I tentatively asked Darren Cox from Sudbury Market if we could have some oranges to make our Christingles for the Crib Service in St Gregory’s Church, he was so generous and gave us sixty. We just had enough, the children looked fantastic and their little faces were lit by the light from the candles.

Christmas Day started for me with Midnight Mass, then on Christmas morning we had the presentation of clothing vouchers for gentlemen of Sudbury, organised by Sudbury Municipal Charities.

This is a tradition started by a Sudbury mayor 350 years ago, it was an honour to be involved , serving sherry and mince pies and handing out the vouchers.

From there I went to visit the residents at Hazel Court and Catchpole Court, taking some chocolates for the hardworking staff.

Then finally to cook yet another Christmas lunch for family and friends. I ended the day by watching Call the Midwife and yet again having a few tears at the poignant story line!

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