Council room gets a face-lift

The newly refurbished John Milton Room at Stowmarket Town Council was officially opened on September 5
The newly refurbished John Milton Room at Stowmarket Town Council was officially opened on September 5
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Councillors, clerks and registrars past and present filled the John Milton Room at Stowmarket Town Council last week for the room’s official opening ceremony.

The room, a wedding venue as well as the meeting room of the town’s council, hadn’t had a face-lift for more than 20 years.

The project, which took around four months to compete, was jointly funded by Stowmarket Town Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council at a cost of around £25,000.

Project manager and deputy town clerk Michelle Marshall said great care was taken over the design of the room.

She said: “The room was looking a bit scruffy and the wallpaper was beginning to peel off.

“We had always intended to do it – the registrars had said some people had commented that the venue and the location of the building were perfect for weddings but the room itself looked a bit tired.

“The job was not just to make the room look pretty, we rebuilt woodwork around the windows which had rotted away and opened up the fireplace which had been covered over in the 1970s.”

The clever design includes purple chairs and carpets to stop fruit from the building’s famous mulberry tree being trodden in and staining.

Michelle said: “At the moment the mulberries are falling down and they go absolutely everywhere.

“The new carpet looks great and will stop the mulberries from ruining it.

“We had to get the design right for both council meetings and also as a venue for weddings and naming ceremonies.”

Mayor of Stowmarket Vera Waspe said: “I would like to pass on our gratitude to both Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council for their generous financial contributions towards this wonderful project.

“This room, I am sure, will continue to provide a great and much improved atmosphere for both Town Council meetings and the marriage and civic ceremonies for many years to come.”