The tower of the church of St Edmund’s stands tall and can be viewed clearly from across the Deben valley, just as it has been for almost a millennium. However, recent architectural inspections had noted that masonry at the top of the tower and elsewhere had deteriorated and was in much need of repair. In 2020 a major 12 week project of restoration was undertaken to replace missing coping stones, repairs will be made to some of the high-level flint flushwork and stone dressings, along with localised repointing. On the roof of the church broken tiles were replaced, the Victorian rooflights were maintained and cast-iron rainwater guttering decorated. Works on a Grade 1 listed building such as the church are not cheap – scaffolding alone cost £20,000 whilst the project total cost was in the region £36,000.
Whilst the PCC has put in place a project to restore and maintain the physical future of St Edmund’s, it needs to also consider the financial future of our parish church. We appreciate that many people in the village are not able to attend church on a regular basis. As a Parish church, St Edmund’s is available to be used by everyone, not only for regular worship, but also for special occasions such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals, or for just quiet contemplation. Bromeswell is a better village for a healthy church in its midst and we were awarded grants to support our work from Suffolk Historic Church Trust, Lord Belstead Charitable Trust and Allchurches Trust Ltd, along with donations raised by parishioners and other supporters. However, additional funding is always welcome as this project has massively depleted our resources and there is yet more work to be done to safeguard our church for the future. To donate, please copy and paste the link www.tinyurl.com/stedmunds2020 for digital donations, or download the form below.
Your support would be most welcome.