Chance to get a sneak peak of proposed expansion project at Gainsborough’s House

Sponsors of the up coming Gainsborough House reception meet up to make final arrangements

Sponsors of the up coming Gainsborough House reception meet up to make final arrangements Picture: ANDY HOWES - Credit: Archant

Preparations are under way in Sudbury for a fundraising reception at Gainsborough’s House which will give attendees a guided tour of its multi-million pound development plans.

The event, on September 20, is being organised by Sudbury Chamber of Commerce along with a host of sponsors.

All money raised will go towards the expansion programme which will see Gainsborough’s House transformed into a national centre for the artist.

The new galleries and landscape studio that will be created as part of the development project will help to promote Sudbury as a tourism destination and will provide a significant boost to the town. Heritage Lottery Funding has been secured but more funds will be needed to bring the project to fruition.

Lavenham Brook Vineyard & Orchard will be supplying drinks for the reception, alongside canapés provided by Waitrose of Sudbury. Sharp Labels of Ballingdon have supported the event through printing the invitations, with Mackman marketing agency designing the invitations and promoting the event.

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Terry Waite CBE will be the guest of honour, with Mark Bills, the Director of Gainsborough’s House, giving a guided tour and a walkthrough of the development plans.

Mr Bills said: “Local enthusiasm for the project has been amazing and support such as this from the Chamber of Commerce will ensure that the project succeeds.

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“We are hugely grateful to our local business community. Every penny helps to make this transformational project possible.”

Tickets for the reception are £25, which includes a year’s membership to Gainsborough’s House. Email for details.

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