Search

Second time around as Stephen Went announced Bungay’s new Town Reeve

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2017

Stephen Went is the  new Bungay Town Reeve. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Stephen Went is the new Bungay Town Reeve. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Archant © 2017

A community stalwart who has worked tirelessly to promote Bungay has been chosen as the next Town Reeve.

New Bungay Town Reeve Stephen Went with outgoing reeve Mary Sprake. Picture: Nick Butcher New Bungay Town Reeve Stephen Went with outgoing reeve Mary Sprake. Picture: Nick Butcher

Stephen Went, of Southend Road, was presented with the robes and chain of office by outgoing reeve Mary Sprake at the Fisher Theatre last night.

Mr Went, 52, was born in Bungay and has long been entrenched in the local community.

He previously held the title of Town Reeve in 2004 and served as Mayor in 1998.

Mr Went said: “It is a great honour to take up the position again.

“Having done it the first time I am ready and more prepared.

“It’s nice to be able to represent the town and I am keen to support and promote it wherever I go.

“Loads of people will scoff at tradition but for me it is an honour and unique.”

Mrs Sprake added: “So few places keep the traditions going – it’s nice that everything isn’t swallowed up by the 21st century.”

Bungay is believed to be the only town to retain the unique and ancient role.

The Town Reeve serves as head of the Bungay Town Trust, which is made up of feoffees (trustees) - Mr Went has been a member of the trust since 1998.

“It’s more of a civic role and is non-political, which makes it more pleasurable,” said Mr Went.

Outgoing Reeve Mrs Sparke recommended Mr Went for the position.

She said: “He is one of the first people I thought of for the role because of his long term involvement in the town.

“Especially as he did it once before, I am sure he will return with a renewed vigour.

“I’m quite sad that my time as Reeve is ending.

“I feel wiser of the town and its people now; you really get to find out what makes the town tick”

Mr Went works at Willis Insurance Broker, in Ipswich, and has been a member of the Bungay Theatre Group for the last 20 years; he is also a treasurer and lay elder at Holy Trinity Church.

His mother, Roma Went, previously served as Town Reeve in 1998 when he was acting Mayor.

Other popular content

09:51

In a move to help boost local businesses in the district and create a real Christmas Eve buzz, Waveney District Council has announced that parking will be free all day in all council-owned and managed car parks on December 24.

47 minutes ago

The romance of the rails is something that has resonated with many people over the years.

Yesterday, 16:05

Shoppers are getting into the spirit of Christmas and splashing out on a bumper haul of alcoholic beverages.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A momentary lapse of concentration for builder Harry Wones resulted in the most horrific of accidents.

Most Read

09:51

In a move to help boost local businesses in the district and create a real Christmas Eve buzz, Waveney District Council has announced that parking will be free all day in all council-owned and managed car parks on December 24.

Read more
47 minutes ago

The romance of the rails is something that has resonated with many people over the years.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:05

Shoppers are getting into the spirit of Christmas and splashing out on a bumper haul of alcoholic beverages.

Read more
Steve Magnall
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A momentary lapse of concentration for builder Harry Wones resulted in the most horrific of accidents.

Read more

The officer leading the investigation into a rape in Lowestoft has expressed concern that the suspect could strike again.

Read more
Suffolk Police

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter