Elsdon St Cuthbert

Project Summary

St Cuthbert’s is a highly significant Grade I listed church in Elsdon village, set in a landscape of high moorland in the valley of the River Rede in west Northumberland. The body of St Cuthbert is said to have rested here during the journey of the Lindisfarne monks after they left the island in 875AD. The church building dates from about 1400 but earlier elements can be seen at the west end of the side aisles, and there are 14th-15th century features in the chancel.  The churchyard offers much interest, including several headstones that are also listed.

St Cuthbert’s has participated in Inspired Futures to develop opportunities for heritage conservation, improvements to facilities and access, and explore potential for wider community use. The heritage is a strong draw for visitors, and exploring further ways to interpret the material both in the church and online, will help build a destination offer.

The church was selected for specific regeneration support in order to progress their plans to find an extended use through engagement and consultation with wider village stakeholders, the development of local partnerships, a review of the options and feasibility of extended use, trail and testing of events and activity in the church, and a fundraising strategy for physical improvements. Overall, Elsdon is now in a stronger position to develop their project, via the outputs achieved through Inspired Futures:

  • Consultation templates which can be re-used and adapted to gather further evidence and feedback in support of the project
  • An options assessment to demonstrate the progression of project development
  • A village partnership framework for collaborative working and to ensure plans for the village are co-ordinated and complementary
  • A stakeholder consultation report providing evidence and pledges of support for the project
  • A community fund application, with a successful outcome for a heating system for the church.
  • A case-making document to communicate about the project and ask for financial, volunteer and strategic support.

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