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Our urgent site purchase appeal: we need your help!

At very short notice, amazingly we have the chance to acquire the perfect site for the Centre, being Suffolk County Council farmland disposal, but we have only been given until 20th November 2018 in which to raise the total sum of £635,000 to buy it. So, our need for donations is indeed urgent!  To kick start the process, a private donor has paid a 5% non-returnable deposit of £31,750, leaving us to find the balance of just over £600,000. We’re honoured – they wouldn’t have done this if they lacked confidence in our ability to raise the balance! We want to make sure the property isn’t put on the open market, so losing to developers this great opportunity.

The land we want for the Centre is the 7-acre site of the heritage Brandeston Hall Farm Barn and outbuildings, Lavenham Road, Sudbury CO10 0TG, adjacent to the Grade 2 listed Brandeston Hall, just outside Suffolk’s famously historic village of Lavenham. There is a 17th century barn together with stables and piggeries for restoration and conversion with over 5 acres of farmland. There is a moat.

There is also the opportunity for a new-build best conservation practice gallery. Architectural heritage and planning advice has been received. All those consulted agree it is the perfect site and a wonderful opportunity for a nationally important visitor centre with a range of educational aspects. It is hugely exciting from every point of view.

Please would you consider a donation to help us reach our target? Any sum would be so much appreciated.


How to donate

There are two ways you can donate

1. Donate via PayPal

If you donate, we would really appreciate it if you can tick the Gift Aid checkbox on PayPal, as this boosts your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. This will let us know your intentions and whether you will allow us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, so it can go even further. For more about Gift Aid see here.

Donate to the Soper Collection
Launch Event in Lavenham on 4th May 2018

“As High Sheriff I will highlight this wonderful project the length and breadth of Suffolk” – George Vestey

2.  By post

To make a one-off donation by post please make a cheque payable to ‘The Soper Collection’ and send. Please also print off and enclose with the cheque the Donor Form here.

This will let us know your contact details, your intentions and whether you will allow us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, so it can go even further. For more about Gift Aid see here.

Address to:

The Treasurer,
The Soper Collection,
12-14 Water Street, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk.
CO10 9RW

Or you can make a pledge

Pledges can count on the rising total but will only be called upon if the total sum is reached.
To make a pledge please contact the Treasurer by post, please see address above, or by e-mail to:
Recognition of large donations/pledges, unless wished to be anonymous, will be addressed.

Donate to the Soper Collection
Launch Event in Lavenham on 4th May 2018

Paul Heiney, former Suffolk Punch and Heavy Horse owner “I am thrilled to be supporting the plan”

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a scheme that allows groups such as The Soper Collection to reclaim tax on donations made by UK taxpayers. Donating to The Soper Collection through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, and it won’t cost you any extra.

It’s a simple process

To Gift Aid your donation all you need to do is complete a Gift Aid form and return it to the Soper Collection

Paying enough tax to qualify for Gift Aid

  • You need to be a UK tax payer
  • You need to have paid enough tax through income and capital gains tax in the financial year of your donation (6 April to 5 April)
  • You must tell the charities you support if you stop paying enough tax.
Donate to The Soper Collection
Launch Event in Lavenham on 4th May 2018

Margaret Maybury, Member for Waldingfield Ward, Cabinet Member for Communities: – “This exciting inclusive project will bring all sections of the community together to share their love, interest, education in and appreciation of art.  I support this venture and will be sharing the vision with all I meet.”

Robert Lindsay, (far right) County Cllr Lavenham Ward – “This is a project of considerable community benefit and should attract tourism, employment and will generally benefit the rural Suffolk economy as a whole.”

Will Shropshire - The Soper Colletion

Cllr William Shropshire – “I offer my full support to this community engaging project to bring the art of the Soper family to life, here in Suffolk. The collection which has been amassed, painstakingly documented and offered to be displayed for the benefit of the public is a wonderful opportunity for our area. The proposed renovation of the site and the completed art facility will provide jobs, educational benefits, a boost to the local economy and an a fantastic tourist attraction in the Suffolk Wooltown area, complimenting Gainsborough’s House and other art attractions already here. It will also ensure the survival of such an important collection which brings our native wildlife and our beautiful English countryside to life in its depictions. It is a once in a life time chance that we should grasp and carry forward with complete support.” 

Please would you consider a donation to help us buy the land for the Centre? If for any reason we can’t proceed with the purchase of this land, or there are surplus funds left over following the purchase of the land, we will use your donation to help us find an alternative home for The Collection or to help us with setting up and opening the new Centre, or towards any other of our charitable activities.  Any sum would be so much appreciated.

We are confident that we will reach our £600,000 target to enable us to purchase the site.

Provided the site purchased is achieved and the venture reaches fruition, all contributors will be invited to become Founder Donors of this unique and important Project and you will also be invited to join us on our Opening Night! Also, if you agree, your generosity will be recorded in a permanent way.

For a personal donation of £500 or more you will receive a year’s ‘Friends of The Soper Collection’ membership, when it is formed, allowing unlimited entrance to the Gallery for the year once we open.

A donation of £5000 or more will allow you free life membership of the ‘Friends of the Soper Collection’, when it is formed, and (if you are agreeable) your generosity will be permanently recognised by being prominently credited at the Centre, when open and immediately on our website.

Do please tell anyone who you think might be interested in our Appeal!



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