A village church group has received two early Christmas presents which will help keep it at the heart of the community for years to come.
The Foxearth Church Heritage Initiative has been awarded £4,000 courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The money will be used to develop a heritage centre in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, allowing residents to research the history of their homes and the area.
Corinne Cox, a member of the church council and project leader of the village’s heritage initiative, said photographs, artefacts and memories could be exchanged in the centre and it was hoped youngsters would make a film about life in Foxearth next year.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents of our small village, young and old, to embark on a great shared adventure, seeking out and preserving lost memories of the past for future generations,” she said.
“It is worth remembering that throughout all the changes of the last 800 years or more, our parish church has been standing in the centre of our village, watching everything.
“We hope that this project will enable it to remain at the heart of our community for the next 800 years.”
The church has also been presented with an oak notice board, which was funded by the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale Managing a Masterpiece scheme.
The sign, at the bottom of Lime Walk, will advertise church services and events.