£50,000 boost for Rudston heritage centre project

Glyn Owen and Neil Watson at All Saints Church in Rudston.
Glyn Owen and Neil Watson at All Saints Church in Rudston.

A generous donation of over £50,000 has enabled a village church to finally begin work on a heritage centre.

Over two years since the idea for the centre was formed, All Saints Church in Rudston received a sum of £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund at the end of last year.

The church was also granted £5,000 from LEADER.

The centre, to be located in an unused corner of the church, will provide a multi-faceted resource on the history of Rudston.

The Reverend Glyn Owen, a driving force behind the project, said: “It is a really important area in terms of its archaeological heritage.

“We wanted to understand a bit more about that and make the most of what we have here.”

Neil Watson, chair of Rudston Parish Council and member of Rudston Heritage Committee, said: “We always felt like it was a very good project. There is so much archaeology in the area.”

Mr Watson said a small standing stone has recently been discovered in the church yard, which used to form part of the ring around the Rudston Monolith. He also said a monument marking the burial place of a Lord of the Isles, who has a surviving relative- Sir Ian MacDonald still living in the area, stands in the churchyard. Work to the centre will begin after repairs have been completed to the church roof, however ideas into what will feature in the space have begun to be discussed.

The display will comprise of a 3D model of the area and information boards detailing the history of Rudston.

An online resource including a selection of apps to help guide visitors around the village will also be developed.

The Rudston Local History Group has been set up to run alongside the centre, and will hold its first meeting in September. To join the group, or for more information visit rudstonheritage.org.uk