The Reverend of St Chad’s church in Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire has thanked the local community after it rallied around to raise funds for the church’s stolen roof.
In an incident on June 1st, the church was stripped of two-thirds of its lead roof by thieves, resulting in an £80,000 replacement bill.
Overwhelmed by the support the church has received from the local community, Rev Elaine Scrivens said: “We were devasted when this happened. We were in the middle of a service when someone came in and alerted us to the incident, and we discovered that two-thirds of the lead had been removed.
“Later that night, the thieves returned to take the rest of the lead. Our insurance company will only pay £15,000 since we didn’t have an alarm or CCTV on the roof, but the silver lining of this incident has been the wonderful way this has brought the village together. L&Q’s donation is particularly generous, and we didn’t even have to ask them for help.”
Pupils at Bishop’s Tachbrook CoE Primary School raised £800, and local churches St Margaret’s and St Nicholas’ contributed £1,000 each. Meanwhile, a Facebook page set up the by Reverend has raised another £1,500 so far.
Housing association L&Q who are building 450 homes in Beauchamp Park, Gallows Hill as well as 60 homes at Birnham Mews, Tiddington, also donated £8,000.
Liam O’Riordan, a senior estimator for the housing association, said: “L&Q is very much a community-focused business and when we heard about the church appeal, we wanted to help.
“St Chad’s is a wonderful, beautiful church and we hope the Reverend Scrivens has her wish of being able to hold services again in the building before Christmas.”