Bungay’s Town Reeve appointed for a second term
Current Town Reeve of Bungay Judy Cloke, who is also one of the District Councillors for Bungay and Wainford is to remain in the role for a further year.
She has been asked to do so by Bungay Town Trust, which the Town Reeve heads, because activities this year have been severely curtailed by the coronavirus epidemic, and she was pleased to accept.
Normally the identity of the new Reeve, nominated by the outgoing Reeve, is a well-guarded secret until the annual Town Meeting on the first Tuesday in December. His or her identity is the subject of much speculation during November. Unfortunately, the Town Meeting and the Town Dinner which precedes it have been cancelled this year because of the pandemic.
Mrs Cloke said she was pleased to accept the invitation to continue in the historic figurehead role, and she was grateful to the Trust for inviting her to take it on for another year. She hoped Civic and ceremonial events would resume in 2021, giving her the opportunity to represent Bungay elsewhere in the County of Suffolk and to host events in the town.
Mrs Cloke said “I was stunned at first to be asked to do another year, but I am pleased because it gives me the opportunity to progress many of the projects I have started. I was particularly disappointed not to be able to host the Town Dinner, as it is a big event in the town’s social calendar, but I hope to hold it next year in the new community centre.”
In her year of office now coming to its end Mrs Cloke has been working hard behind the scenes on Trust projects. Meetings have been held via Zoom and plans are afoot to transform much of the lands owned by the Trust, for the benefit of the Town.
Mrs Cloke, who is married with two adult daughters and works for the DWP, is also the ex-officio president of the Bungay Society, ex officio member of the Castle Trust and a trustee of the Bungay United Charities.
The Town Trust accounts, are normally presented at the Town Meeting on the first Tuesday in December. This year, they will be available to view on the town centre noticeboard and the Trust website from that date.