The Trust

Trust Mission Statement

‘The Preservation and Restoration of St Osyth Priory to its original place at the heart of its community (St Osyth Parish) as a champion of economic prosperity, education and wellbeing’

The St Osyth Priory site, enveloped in over 1000 years of British history, represents a cornerstone of cultural and architectural heritage. Covering a period from Anglo-Saxon times to the present, it signifies a remarkable journey through time, emphasising continuity, endurance, and significance. The St Osyth Priory & Parish Trust aims to preserve and rejuvenate the Grade II* listed Tithe Barn and the Grade II listed Old Dairy, and delivers urgent stabilising works to the adjoining Grade II Cart Lodge - creating an opportunity not only for structural preservation but also for revitalising the community's connection to its history.

The project creates the opportunity for impactful, heritage-led regeneration that delivers economic, environmental and social impacts to Jaywick, Clacton and the wider Tendring area - one of the most economically and socially deprived areas in the country.

This initiative seeks not only to restore these buildings but also to breathe new life into them, transforming them into meaningful and vibrant hubs for community gatherings, cultural events and weddings. The overarching goal is to create a self-sustaining model that ensures the long-term preservation of these heritage sites while promoting community engagement and economic development. A programme of capital works will repair and sympathetically convert the Tithe Barn and Old Dairy into a space for the community and education, that can drive commercial income through hire as a wedding and celebration venue.

St Osyth Priory Inside
St Osyth Priory

However, a critical component of the project for the Trust is its focus on community engagement and skills development. The trust plans to host a series of workshops and educational programs aimed at both adults and children. These initiatives will cover topics ranging from traditional building techniques and conservation practices to local history and environmental stewardship.

The project will develop a range of creative activities inspired by the rich history and natural beauty of St Osyth Priory that tell the story of the site and its significance over the centuries. The goal is to make heritage accessible and engaging to all, encouraging a deeper appreciation and understanding of the past.

The development will unlock some of the inherent social value and income-generating potential of the site that will lead to long-term financial sustainability and the ability for the Trust to conserve and protect other important historic buildings on the listed Priory precincts.

Current Vacancies

Grants & Administration Officer

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Our Trustees

Conrad Payne

 - Chairman

Senior Director, Strutt & Parker

Tim Sargeant

Chairman, City & Country

Sonia Grantham

 - BEM

Retired Headteacher.

St Osyth Parish Council Chairman 2007- 2022

Churchwarden St Osyth Parish Church 2002- 2024.

Awarded the British Empire Medal in 2022 - For services to the community of St Osyth.

David Harrington

 - Treasurer

Investment Banker (retired), HSBC

Michelle Behr

PhD Candidate in Architectural History at University of Cambridge and former Director Of New Deals, Design And Construction, Belmond, London

Andy Booth

Managing Director, Naglotech

Dr Hasan Chowhan

GP and Senior Partner, Creffield Medical Centre

Pam Green

Alliance Director for Basildon and Brentwood, Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board Executive Director

Howard Parkinson

retired solicitor, Foskett Marr Gadsby and Head

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