St Peter’s has now installed a ramp that will enable wheelchair users and parents with buggies to access the venue more easily.
A new £900, permanent graded slope has been built at the main entrance to the cultural venue, thanks to donations from Sudbury Rotary Club and County Councillor Jack Owen who provided funds from his locality budget. Councillor Owen said, ‘I am delighted to help out St Peter’s to provide the much needed ramp for the disabled and young mothers. It was important to make the building more accessible for everyone as the venue becomes busier.’
Visitors to the landmark building on Market Hill will now find a seamless entrance integrated with the existing paving slabs whereas previously a heavy removable wooden ramp was used. The new entrance has been designed to make it easier for wheelchair and buggy users to go in and out of St Peter’s, and is the latest initiative in an ongoing regeneration project to widen the appeal of the venue to as many people as possible.
Friends of St Peter’s, Peter Gray, said ‘‘We are delighted that this simple, elegant solution is finally in place as we strive to make St Peter’s more open and accessible to all. The Friends of St Peter’s offer their thanks to Sudbury Rotary Club and Councillor Owen for their generous support of this project and the wider regeneration project for our venue.’
St Peter’s regeneration project has seen several positive adjustments made to the role of the former church within Sudbury town centre, including the increase and variety of events it hosts. The Friends of St Peter’s events committee has announced a number of music, theatre and poetry performances, including a free music festival on Saturday 21st of April, and a performance by Marty O’Reilly from the USA on the 27th of April. On the 1st of June St Peter’s will host popular tribute band T-Rextasy, and hitting the stage on the 29th of June will be award-winning poet Luke Wright.
Coinciding with a rebrand of its identity supported by local marketing agency Mackman, St Peter’s is also awaiting news of the success of an application for a Heritage Lottery grant. If awarded, the £1.8million grant would kick start a fundraising effort to complete planned improvements, including the provision of toilets and a kitchen area within the building, as well as upgrades to the structure of the Grade 1 listed landmark.