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"They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old, 
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning 
We will remember them.

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poppy appeal 2021
Knitted poppies crafted by local volunteers given a new lease of life to help raise funds for 2021 Poppy Appeal

As part of Remembrance in Sudbury in 2018 and 2019, 23,000 knitted poppies, crafted by generous community volunteers, hung from St. Peter’s Sudbury for a poignant Remembrance installation. In 2018, this community poppy cascade marked 100 years since the end of WWI. 


Once again community volunteers have stepped up to help with a new idea the 2021 Poppy Appeal.


The Deputy Town Clerk, Mrs. Jodie Budd and the Mayor’s Secretary, Mrs. Teresa Elford came up with a new fundraising idea for 2021 after discovering that the poppy nets were too damaged to be used again in their original state.


“We wanted to come up with an idea so that the poppies could still go on display but also raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal. The idea for 2021 is for people to visit the Tourist Information Centre, based in the Town Hall and make a donation in return for one or more of the knitted poppies.  People can then either decide to keep the poppies or fix them to the town railings that are still visible around St. Peter’s.


“We are so grateful to the volunteers that took a piece of the netting and removed all 23,000 poppies, we were overwhelmed by the response to our call for volunteers.   We are hoping to raise much needed funds for this year’s Poppy Appeal by covering as much of the still exposed railings around St.Peter's as we can. We are leaving it up to people to decide if they would like to keep their knitted poppies or put them on the railings for what we hope will be another stunning display”.

remembrance sunday parade
sunday 14th november 2021
parade start point : market hill
(north side), sudbury, co10 2en


Sudbury Remembrance Parade schedule:  

Parade form up: 1.40pm | March Off: 2.00pm

Sudbury Town Council with The Sudbury Branch of The Royal British Legion invites you to Sudbury's Remembrance Sunday Parade 2021 taking place on Sunday 14th November.


The Parade will form up on the North side of the Market Hill to leave at 2.00 p.m. and be led by The Colchester Pipes and Drums to travel down Gainsborough Street into Gregory Street and finish at St Gregory's Church.

Following the Service Wreaths will be laid on both the British and American Memorials at The Croft.

The Parade will then form up to march along Croft Road into New Street, North Street and back to the Market Hill.

The Salute will be taken outside the Town Hall by the Deputy Lieutenant, Town Mayor and our Branch President. After the dismissal of the Parade refreshments will be served in the Town Hall.

The Garden of Remembrance outside St. Gregory’s Church will still be in place for those who wish to place a cross in memory of a loved one.

sudbury heritage centre
sudbury at war exhibit & roll of honour



During the First World War 236 men from Sudbury families joined the war effort and lost their lives, not always in action. Some died of disease, others in accidents. Just a few of their stories are told at the Sudbury Heritage Centre.


In the war years of 1939-1945 Sudbury men fought on land, in the air and at sea, in all the main theatres of war including the jungles of the Far East and the deserts of North Africa. The stories of some of the 60 who died in this conflict is told in a dedicted permanent display at The Heritage Centre.


A deserted airfield lies just to the east of Sudbury. For some eighteen months in 1944-45 this was ‘home’ to some 3,000 young American GIs of the 486th Bomber Group. B17 and B24 heavy bombers took off on missions into Occupied Europe. The story of the 486th Group is told at the Heritage Centre - dedicated to the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sudbury Heritage Centre, Town Hall (Gaol Lane Entrance), Sudbury, CO10 1TL

Open: Monday - Saturday, Free Entry