A church and history trust is organising a fund-raising extravaganza to help repair a memorial for the descendants of renowned Suffolk brewery family the Cobbolds.
Proceeds from the Tomb Savers event at St Mary’s Church, in Woolpit, on May 16-17, will go towards restoring the severely frost-damaged monument in the church grounds.
It was put up in memory of figures including the Rev Thomas Cobbold (1742-1831), who was rector at the church, and his son John Spencer Cobbold (1768-1837), who took over until his death, and John’s wife Dorothy.
Thomas was the grandson of Thomas Cobbold, founder of the eponymous brewery and he gave up inheritance of the brewery to his younger brother to join the church.
The activities were organised after the parish asked for help with fund-raising from the Cobbold Family History Trust, which encourages the study of family history.
Activities will run from 2pm to 8.15pm on Friday, May 16, including a talk and film by Anthony Cobbold, keeper of the trust and The Cobbold Monument Concert by Woolpit Drama Club.
On Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm, there will be more talks covering subjects such as The Cobbold Family and the Aspall Business – Yesterday and Today. Both days will also feature displays as well as a raffle. Admission is £2 with all proceeds benefiting the monument repairs.