The Grade I listed church dates back to the early 14th century, though much of the building is 15th century. It has many beautiful medieval features, including a pre-Reformation rood screen, a 15th-century seven sacrament font and a hammer beam roof. Two small medieval glass window lights depict an elephant and a unicorn - the only such examples in East Anglia.
A previous grant from the National Churches Trust in 2016 helped to fund urgent repairs to the tower, allowing its set of eight bells to peal again.
This project will encourage a greater use of the church. An open space will be created by removing some of the pews, laying a tiled floor and introducing cafe-style seating. It will be used to host a dementia cafe, after-school clubs and children’s play groups.
Top tips from completed project feedback:
- Don’t underestimate budget required (an architect can advise).
- Make sure EVERYTHING you want to do is listed in the faculty application.
- Because your project “fits” the criteria on a grant-giver’s website does not mean you will be successful (most help about 10% of qualifying applicants).