Sudbury museum club celebrates ten years with special tea party

Eric Manuta, Kenneth Hoare, Sarah Page, mayor of Sudbury, Sue Ayres, deputy mayor, Tony Brightwell a

Eric Manuta, Kenneth Hoare, Sarah Page, mayor of Sudbury, Sue Ayres, deputy mayor, Tony Brightwell and Steph Parmee, learning officer at Gainsborough�s House. Picture: GAINSBOROUGH'S HOUSE - Credit: Archant

Members of a Sudbury museum club celebrated their ten-year anniversary this week with a special tea party.

Eric Manuta, long serving club member, Sue Ayres, deputy mayor, Amy Ditteridge, club member and volu

Eric Manuta, long serving club member, Sue Ayres, deputy mayor, Amy Ditteridge, club member and volunteer, Sarah Page, mayor of sudbury, Stephen Harper, volunteer at Gainsbororughs House, Kenneth Hoare, long serving club member, Christa Edwards, volunteer, and Steph Parmee, learning officer at Gainsboroughs House. Picture: GAINSBOROUGH'S HOUSE - Credit: Archant

Gainsborough’s House Museum Club, led by Steph Payne, learning officer at the museum, began in 2008 with an aim to give adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to enjoy arts and heritage activities.

Two of the club’s original members, Kenneth Hoare and Tony Brightwell, both aged 74, and fellow club members were joined by Sarah Page, mayor of Sudbury, and Sue Ayres, deputy mayor, and staff at Gainsborough’s House to celebrate the ten year milestone.

Steph Parmee said: “Ten years is a wonderful landmark for the club to have reached – all our members so enjoy the variety of activities we undertake – from exploring local churches to creating self-portraits, that we meet every week and only take a break at Christmas.

“We currently have 14 members and are helped by a dedicated group of experienced volunteers whose support ensures we can offer a wonderful level of care and learning in a safe and friendly environment.”

Volunteers from Gainsborough’s House help out at the museum club’s ten-year tea party. Left to righ

Volunteers from Gainsboroughs House help out at the museum clubs ten-year tea party. Left to right: Amy Ditteridge, Jenny Wilson, Steph Parmee, learning officer, stephen harper, and Christa Edwards. Picture: GAINSBOROUGH'S HOUSE - Credit: Archant


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The tea party was kindly supported by Sudbury-based caterers Jam Tartz who provided complimentary cakes.

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