I’m very sorry to say that a substantial amount of lead has been stolen from the roof of St Mary’s Church. When it rained heavily last weekend, we noticed lots of water coming into the office and kitchen. When we inspected the roof we were surprised to see just how much was taken. The gullies between the kitchen and the office and between the kitchen and the hall have been stripped bare. The stones covering the flashing on the corridor (pictured) have been dislodged and the flashing taken.
We don’t know when this took place – any time in the last few weeks. The lead has smartwater on it (and we have signs saying so) and we have a security camera and light (this has happened before…) but this does not seemed to have been a deterrent. If anyone has any information on this, you can report it anonymously by calling 101. The crime number is 44180154061.
What we’re trying to do at St Mary’s is so much greater than just keeping our wonderful historic building fit for purpose. The real frustration of this theft is that it’s a distraction from the much greater challenge of serving Jesus Christ and the people of our fantastic village!