Legacy project to transform church gets under way

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The church where the head of Simon Theobald – or Simon of Sudbury – is housed in the vestry has begun a £200,000 building project.

After first being discussed 25 years ago, St Gregory’s Church in The Croft is due to have new toilets by Christmas, as well as a new refreshment area and storage. Currently, church-goers have to cross the road to get to toilets at the church hall.

The project includes revamping the vestry where Simon’s head is kept. He was Archbishop of Canterbury in 1375, and was beheaded in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.

The rector of St Gregory’s, the Rev Canon Gregory Webb, said the work – funded by legacies – was on schedule. He said £25,000 was still needed.

“It’s a little dusty at the moment but we are keeping the church open. Simon’s head is quite safe,” he added.