Latest news from Stowmarket

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Stowfiesta 2014

17 July 2014

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

10 July 2014

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.

Commemoration of the Start of the First World War

19 May 2014

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.

Annual Town Council Meeting

15 May 2014

The 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.

Combs Ford Play Area

30 April 2014


The 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 Factsheets

03 April 2014

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

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