Volunteer in Focus: Peter Gray

Volunteer in Focus: Peter Gray
February 27, 2019 Roisin Ryan-Self
In Volunteers



As vice chair I look after a lot of the everyday stuff, leaving the chair free to do the intelligent work. I also run the Events Team, which has recently started to put on concerts with the aim of developing new audiences – We have some really high quality acts lined up for the coming year.

For work I am a freelance illustrator, you can view my work here.

What made you decide to get involved with St Peter’s?

I’ve always admired St Peter’s for its architectural qualities, its unrivalled location and its pivotal role in Sudbury life. As a town councillor I was invited to sit on the management committee, and after stepping down from the council nobody asked me to stop coming to St Peter’s…so here I am!


What’s the best thing about it?

It often involves a lot of hard work and persistence, but when a plan comes together it can be very satisfying. For example, in order to get swift nesting boxes installed in the belfry I had to negotiate with nine different parties! But when I see swifts swooping and screeching around the tower on a summer’s evening, all the work seems worthwhile.

What would you say to someone who’d like to get involved?

This is becoming an exciting time at St Peter’s, and there will be many opportunities for volunteers to develop skills and gain experience in areas that could help them with their careers and CVs. It’s also a great opportunity to get out and be among people, whilst contributing to the future of Sudbury.

What is your favourite fact about St Peter’s?

During the Middle Ages Sudbury was the last overnight stop on the route from London to the shrine of St Edmund in Bury St Edmunds. St Peter’s would have given pilgrims shelter for the night before their final stretch of their journeys. I like to imagine the rough and ready types settling down by candlelight and telling their tales, much like the characters of the Canterbury Tales. It is supposed that these pilgrims are responsible for the ancient graffiti in the chapel.


Looking to get involved?

Here at St Peter’s, we have so many opportunities for people to get involved. Take a look at our Volunteer page for more information, and how to get in contact.