£1 million restoration in St Edmund’s Church, Southwold

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle


Generous giving including legacies and funds raised by the PCC over the past 10 years was supplemented with grants from The Southwold Trust, Allchurches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, National Churches Trust and Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to finance a transformation that mixed the old and the new, to create an environment fit for today’s world.

Bishop Mike, attended a ceremony at the church on Sunday 26 November to mark the restoration.  He said: “I am thrilled to see the ways in which this Church has been renovated to provide flexibility for all sorts of church and community groups to use the space, not least children and young people.  The generosity of both church members and members of the wider community is testimony to the affection in which the church is held, and the ongoing impact and difference the church makes to the fabric of local life.”

The project included restoration of the roof costing £600,000 followed by a £550,000 investment inside the church, to provide two toilets, improved access for people with disabilities, the creation of a flexible space, a sales/shop area, a children’s area and a refreshment point.
Picture: Bishop Mike with the Revd Canon Simon Pitcher, church wardens Joan Goldsmith, Marcus Knight and the congregation. By Keith Mindham.