Earlier today I went along to St Peter’s Church in Preston Park.
It’s a wonderful 13th century flint church which is re-opening after extensive restoration work, thanks to the hard work of the volunteer group, the Friends of St Peter’s.
This beautiful church is tucked away in its wooded surroundings at the edge of Preston Park so many people might not even know it’s there - but it’s an absolute treasure. I was lucky enough to be shown around, and able to hear about the history of the building, including its 13th century wall paintings and the fabulous restored Victorian stencilling.
Until recently the interior art work was in a very poor state, but volunteers campaigned tirelessly to raise funds, submit bids, and were successful in securing over £60,000 to clean and preserve the stencilling. And it looks stunning.
It was great to be able to visit and meet some of those behind the restoration work, and to pass on my thanks for helping to save and secure such a precious local asset.
It’s another example of Brighton's unique community spirit, where residents have stepped in to protect and preserve our heritage.
I will continue to do all I can to campaign for funding and to champion inspirational groups like the Friends of St Peter’s.
If you haven’t yet visited the church, it’s open every day of the year between 10.30am-3.30pm – it’s well worth visiting, and an opportunity to see a special part of Brighton’s local history.