Our Annual Appeal: Transforming St Peter's, Sudbury

St Peter's Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

St Peter’s is being developed into a vibrant and welcoming community hub for the people of Sudbury and the surrounding area.

This Grade I listed building has stood at the heart of community life in Sudbury, Suffolk since the 14th century. Its distinctive architecture and unusual features provide fascinating insights into the development of the town and its changing population over the years.

Although no longer used for regular worship, the building is still full of life, holding dozens of events, and welcoming thousands of visitors every year. However, with a leaking roof, inadequate kitchen, lack of toilet facilities and a growing repair bill the historic fabric of St Peter’s is deteriorating to a point where the long term use of the building is uncertain.

The church is Sudbury’s largest and most prominent cultural venue, located at the centre of this historic town. We face the possible loss of a place where the community can come together: where concerts are held, a space where local craft workers can display their wares at regular craft-fairs, local growers can bring produce to sell at the monthly farmers’ market and school children can learn and perform.

We aim to repair and regenerate St Peter’s as a thriving community hub that attracts new audiences through a diverse programme of activities and celebration of the site and town’s heritage but we need your help.

In order to secure a £2.5 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund matched funding of £248,000 needs to be raised. With vocal support from their local MP and district and town councils the community is working hard towards this target but we need your help to reach this ambitious goal.

Your donation will enable us to:

• Undertake urgent repair work to ensure the historic fabric is preserved.

• Create a venue that meets the 21st century needs of Sudbury’s expanding community. Crucially this will involve ensuring that the venue is accessible for all. One feature we plan to introduce is a a new bell ringing platform which will be accessible to wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility - one of the first of its kind in the UK.

• Create new jobs and craft skills apprenticeships opening up employment opportunities in the heritage sector for students and job seekers.

• Provide a wider programme to engage younger audiences with heritage.