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The Revd Nicholas Parry, Vicar of Costessey said:
“This project is about people and their contribution to our community over time – and St Edmunds church is a great repository of our community’s history. It is wonderful that the funding from the HLF will help to secure the future of this great building for us all to enjoy.”
The project aims to secure the physical future of the building by re-roofing the entire Nave and Chancel in slate, as well as offering a wide range of new and exciting opportunities for the local community to learn about, discover and enjoy the building.
Local teachers will research, create and design a new exhibition to be displayed in St Edmunds, telling the story of the local community and of famous local characters. A new Heritage Detective’s Trail for children and families will be produced to help uncover the hidden secrets of the church and of the surrounding area.
As well as this a ‘Hard Hat’ day will provide an opportunity to meet the project architect, archaeologist and craftspeople engaged on the project, to learn about the skills required and to see practical demonstrations of conservation techniques in situ.
St Edmund is a mainly 14th century church and Grade I listed. It sits at the heart of the newly designated conservation area of Old Costessey and is ideally placed to enable exploration and discovery of an area rich in heritage.
Old Costessey is referred to in the Domesday Survey of 1086 and contains many fine 18th and 19th century buildings reflecting the social, cultural and industrial heritage of the area.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said:
“We’re delighted to support this project which, thanks to National Lottery players, will not only carry out essential repairs for St Edmunds but give people of all ages the opportunity to get involved in the bright future of a church which has been at the heart of their community for centuries.”