Our 346th church

St Andrew’s Church, Ufford, Cambridgeshire, is to come under the care of CCT on 3rd October, becoming our 346th acquisition.

The oldest part of this Grade I listed church is the chancel, dating to the late-13th century and although the building was later restored, it still retains its medieval character. Some of the most significant fittings include medieval bench ends, a fine 15th century font with original cover, several impressive wall monuments and a series of early-20th century Arts & Crafts stained glass. The tower hosts a cast iron bell frame containing four bells, two of which date from the first half of the 15th century.

We will host a special event on Saturday 4th October to mark the vesting of the church where visitors can meet staff and find out more about the planned conservation and repair work. The church will remain open for visitors until 3.00pm.

Peter Aiers, Director, South East, says: “We are delighted to welcome such a charming and historically significant church into the care of CCT. Once we have repaired this building it will be open for all to see and use. We cannot do all of this on our own - we need the support and help of the local community to help ensure that the building remains a vital asset to the village and welcomes visitors from near or far.”

The church requires substantial repair work which will include the complete re-roofing of the distinctive Collyweston stone roof,  masonry and glazing repairs and conservation of the monuments. These repairs will cost in the region of £500,000. The church will be closed for a number of months while repairs are carried out and will be opened to visitors when completed, although a number of special open days are planned during the work. The Trust will be looking for volunteers to get involved with keeping this delightful building open and used by both local people and visitors from further afield.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Karen Fishwick on kfishwick@thecct.org.uk / 07872 502 116.