St Gregory the Great
Awarded a grant to help fund a project to fund Install kitchen and toilet. There has been no major investment in the church since the 1930s and the project will be a significant improvement to the church allowing it to be used more widely for additional volunteering, cultural and community activities.
This project will also help the church engage with visitors who wish to visit the newly discovered "Palace of the Kings" - the physical area where the Sutton Hoo kings lived; St Gregory's is the site of their place of worship. The church is the only publicly accessible building in the area and is therefore perfectly placed to tell the story of one of the most important corners of Anglo-Saxon England.
St Gregory's is a Grade I listed medieval church in East Suffolk dating from the 1300s with an extraordinarily rich history: Rendlesham was named by Bede as a seat of the Wuffingas dynasty and St Gregory's is said to be the site of the church of King Raedwald (of Sutton Hoo fame), the Anglo-Saxon King who converted to Christianity. His church was said to also have included a pagan altar for his Queen who refused to convert with him.
Following the recent archaeological discovery of the Anglo-Saxon "Palace of Kings" at Rendlesham, Professor Scull of Cardiff University called it “one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon sites in the country”.