St Cuthbert’s is one of Thetford’s most widely recognised and best preserved buildings. It is Grade II* listed, and lies at the heart of Thetford, adjacent to the main shopping streets. The building is mostly thirteenth century and built in the Perpendicular style. The tower was rebuilt in the Victorian era following a collapse, and a north aisle was added in the early twentieth century.
The project includes refurbishing the hall to create new meeting spaces, a new fully equipped catering kitchen, new toilets, and internal access. Removing some of the pews in the church will create extra space to serve meals and support the community. With this in place, St Cuthbert’s want to establish a Community Café and Hub in the church, a social enterprise project for the local area. Work will include jobs training, meals for children during the holidays, English classes, IT classes, a soup kitchen, and a mother and toddler group.