Sudbury and District
The Sudbury Market Town Partnership was set up by the Town Council to progress ideas and obtain funding to ensure the continued viability of the town and surrounding villages.
We have worked on several projects since 2010 such as a Reward card to encourage the public to use their local independent retailers and to shop locally. An Eco Fair and we arranged for the public to visited four places of interest in the area which were either conservation or worked with eco principles in mind such as wind turbines/solar pannels/water mill for energy and buildings made of straw. We have also worked closely with Suffolk Climate Change and organised a DIY greener homes scheme to provide every household with energy saving products.
It became obvious that a group of the public would like to get together to progress what we had started and decided that it would be good to become a Transition group. The group was started last year and we have already held a swop shop in September 2011 to encourage the public to bring along unwanted items and others to take them away to reduce landfill and it was so successful we have organised another for March. Film shows in various locations including schools in the Spring to include the films '300 years of peak oil in 300 seconds' and 'In Transition' to make more people aware. Forum on climate change led by Tim Yeo MP. An Eco Fair in May to demonstrate sustainable living and we have funding from Waitrose to buy and distribute free seeds and fruit trees and lots more ideas.