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Fundraising appeal seeks to transform decaying St Mary's Church into Hadleigh into major community space

Members of one of the oldest churches in Suffolk are appealing for financial help to turn a "crumbing" building into the largest community space in Hadleigh.

St Mary’s Church dates back to 1220AD and some flint artefacts may date back to King Guthrum’s burial place of 889AD.

Ian Grutchfield, of the Friends of St Mary’s Committee, which is leading the appeal, said: “We have one of the largest churches in Suffolk, and we have a choice of whether to open it up to the community or watch it decay further. We are planning to provide a space that is flexible for the 21st century.”

St Marys Church Hadleigh
Picture Mark Westley (44438438)
St Marys Church Hadleigh Picture Mark Westley (44438438)

The list of repairs includes restoring major public access through the west door, with toilets being relocated, returning the organ to its original place in the nave, repairing the south porch and creating level access, and providing a new energy-efficient heating system.

The Very Rev Jo Delfgou said: “We want to emphasise its amazing architecture and ensure its significance and ethereal beauty are preserved while enabling its utility.”

To donate, go online to www.stmaryshadleigh.co.uk.