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Stowmarket Town Awards 2014/15

The Stowmarket Town Awards event is to be held at Cedars Park Community Centre on the evening of Friday, 26th September, 2014.


Ticket are available at a cost of £10 per ticket with allocation on a first come, first served basis. The dress code is smart with black tie optional but not essential.


If you would like to support this prestigious event for the town then please contact Sarah Parramint for a ticket E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Stowmarket’s annual community music festival was held at Chilton Fields on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June.

The event began with a low-key evening featuring music and comedy. Then on Saturday, there were two stages, retaining the old StowFest event’s original music and the cream of local bands but also with a new family stage of tribute bands along with a free circus skills workshop, Punch and Judy and bouncy castle for children. 




Community Cafe


A new facility, called @therec, has opened on the Recreation Ground providing a café and meeting facilities.

Social enterprise group, Realise Futures is running the café which opens daily. MENTA, the Suffolk Enterprise Agency, is working to bring in groups and businesses to use its facilities.





Stowmarket Town Awards

Stowmarket Town Council, the East Anglian Daily Times and the Stowmarket Mercury are proud to announce the launch of the Stowmarket Town Awards 2014 -15.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website below. Copies are also available from the following outlets:

  • Stowmarket Town Council Offices
  • Cedars Park Community Centre
  • Hillside Community Centre
  • Regal Theatre
  • Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre
  • Stowmarket Library
  • Stowmarket Methodist Church
  • Our Lady's Catholic Church
  • The Salvation Army Hall
  • St Peter and St Mary's Parish Church

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, 1st August, 2014.


The ten award categories are as follows:

  • Young Person of the Year Awards
  • Teacher (or Youth Leader) of the Year Award
  • Kind Neighbour of the Year Award
  • Community Hero of the Year Award
  • Sportsperson of the Year Award
  • Environmental Champion of the Year Award
  • Local Business of the Year Award
  • Employee of the Year Award
  • Where the Heart is – Community Award
  • Pride of Stowmarket Award

The awards are open to any persons living, working or participating in activities in Stowmarket. They are also open to people who consider themselves to be part of the Stowmarket community and/or who look to Stowmarket for their services.

Click here for a Nomination Form or for further information please contact Sarah Parramint on 01449 776394 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Annual Town Council Meeting

ATCM-0352The Annual Town Council Meeting was held on Wednesday, 14th May, 2014. Councillor Gerard Brewster was elected Town Mayor for 2014/15 and made the declaration of acceptance of office which he had made 35 years previously when he was elected Town Mayor in 1978.









Commemoration of the Start of the First World War

Saturday, 17th May, 2014 saw a fantastic Musical Evening  on the back lawn of Abbots Hall in the grounds of the Museum of East Anglian Life to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Over 500 people were in attendance to watch the Stowmarket Concert Band, the VIP's - a Barber Shop Chior, Portobello Road - a Barber Shop Quartet and Grayham MacAusland playing the Pipes.  The audience enjoyed a sing-a-long of First World War era songs in the beautiful Stowmarket sunshine.

The Town Council would like to pay tribute to Colonel Ted Champion who was instrumental in arranging the musical evening and all those who helped with arranagements and on the evening. A special mention must go to Cliff Dix of Phosphene Entertainment Services (The Event Shop) who provided the sound and lighting.


Combs Ford Play Area

GLP-019The start of the Easter holidays saw the opening of the new Glemsford Road Play Area in Combs Ford.

The new play area, which was jointly funded by the Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council's section 106 funding, was opened by Stowmarket Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Vera Waspe. The first children to enjoy the play equipment were the children of Combs Ford Primary who decided on the Farmyard theme and chose which play equipment they would like to see there.

Town Clerk, David Blackburn, said "this play park was desperately in need of updating and we wanted to make sure that it would be used and loved by the whole community so we were grateful for the enthuastic input from the school".

The play park, which is situated within 100 metres of the school, provides a great facility for the school children and the wider community as the weather warms up over the coming months. 


Community Governance Review

The Town Council has made its submission to Mid Suffolk District Council in respect of the Community Governance Review of Stowmarket and its neighbouring parishes.

The submission documents can be found below:

Main submission document
Appendix - Supporting Evidence
Appendix - List of Stowmarket Streets by the Proposed Wards
Supplementary Proposals


Application for a Trading Permit

The Town Council has received an application for a Trading Permission for an Ice Cream Van to trade in the Market Place for six days a week.

A copy of the Application Form can be found here.

A copy of the Town Trading Regulations can be found here.

Please address any comments on the above application to David Blackburn, Town Clerk, Stowmarket Town Council, Milton House, Milton Road South, Stowmarket, IP14 1EZ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The deadline for comments is Thursday, 1st May, 2014.

Community Factsheets

Do you have any questions about what services your Town Council can provide, or what alternative solutions are available to you? We are currently in the process of producing a number of Community Factsheets to answer all of your frequently asked questions from littering to parking, available to view online! To view our current Factsheets, please click here


The Railway Man

Friday 17th January saw The Regal turn into Leicester Square for the day and play host to a very special screening of The Railway Man, complete with red carpet. The day was held in honour of a very special guest, Roland Baker, an ex POW from the Suffolk Regiment who was captured and forced to work on the Death Railway during WWII.

Unlike many others, Roland survived this horrific ordeal and was invited to the London Premiere but unfortunately he was unable to attend. After calling The Regal and telling his story to Office Manager Sarah Page, it was decided that if he couldn’t get to the red carpet, the red carpet would come to him.

As well as Roland, we had two further guests attending from the Suffolk Regiment, Frank Kerridge and Puggey Wells who were also forced to work on the exact same railway.

At the screening, local celebrity Roy Hudd was on hand to keep the guests entertained before the film began. Sarah Page, Office Manager said “The day couldn’t have gone better. Roland was treated like a VIP and he enjoyed his day. We had a full house, and we have received such positive feedback about the event.”   A collection for the Suffolk Regiment Old Comrades Association was held after the screening and £113.55 was raised.

The Railway Man is still showing at The Regal until 30th January, and will be back from the 11th – 13th February. Due to the popularity of this film it is advisable to book, either by calling the box office on 01449 612825 or booking online at

railway man

Stowmarket online "Community Notice Board" - right here!

Please visit the  "Community Notice Board" section of our website to find out about community based events, projects and initiatives happening in and around the town. If you have an article you would like added to the page, please email the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will endeavour to include all articles, subject to space and suitability.













































































































































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