Save the Heart of Sudbury Crowdfunding Campaign Launched
The Grade I listed church has stood at the heart of community life in Sudbury, Suffolk since the 14th century and has been in the care of CCT since 1976. Sadly St Peter’s is deteriorating to a point where the long term use of the building is uncertain. The roof of the church is leaking and urgent, expensive repair work is needed to make the building watertight. We are raising money to repair and conserve the historic fabric and regenerate St Peter’s as a thriving community venue.
In order to have the best chance of securing a £1.6 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund we've been working hard with The Friends of St Peter's to meet a Match Funding target of 25%. We have approached various grant funders and have already had generous support from individuals and Babergh District Council, but to have the best chance of success we have launched a public appeal.
It is hoped that our Crowdfunder will help us meet this target. Our title 'Save the Heart of Sudbury' is inspired by a quote from John Betjeman - writing to the Friends when the church was previously saved from closure in the 1970s:
“This is very great news that St Peter’s is saved. You have thereby kept Sudbury as an identity. Without the town would be half alive because in East Anglia church towers are the hearts of the landscape. Silent church towers are hearts which do not beat – St Peter’s is not going to beat in full chorus – Hurrah!”
Send some love to Sudbury this Valentines Day and help us keep St Peter’s standing proudly at the heart of Sudbury for centuries to come. Donate to our Crowdfunder here.