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A fundraising appeal has been set up to help cover the cost of repairs to a church roof after lead was stolen.

Thieves attacked St Peter and St Paul's Church in Gosberton twice within the space of 48 hours, ripping lead from the roof of the Lady Chapel.

The Rev Ian Walters on the roof of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Gosberton, after the first attack by lead thieves. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG160519-052TW (10597288)
The Rev Ian Walters on the roof of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Gosberton, after the first attack by lead thieves. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG160519-052TW (10597288)

It was first reported that around two thirds of lead covering the roof had gone between Thursday (May 16) and Friday (May 17), followed by another attack 24 hours later.

In total, it is thought an estimated 12 tonnes of lead was stolen.

This view shows the exposed roof timbers of the Lady Chapel at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Gosberton after thieves struck. (10535488)
This view shows the exposed roof timbers of the Lady Chapel at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Gosberton after thieves struck. (10535488)

Within hours of the report of the thefts, a Go Fund Me appeal had been set up by a kind member of the public, with £130 raised so far.

Stephanie-Jo Redman, who lives in neighbouring village Donington, said she started the appeal because she was horrified to see what had happened.

She told us: "I'm doing this because the church is a hub for the community. There's always something happening there, whether it's messy play for the kids or a flower festival.

"I've not really seen a church be so involved before with the people of the community. I think it's a shame that twice in the same week this has happened.

"I don't live in the village any longer but I think it's only right that we try to pull together and help in any way we can as the church has done for so many people over its many years."

The Vicar of Gosberton, the Rev Ian Walters, said: "I was delighted to hear about the fundraising appeal. It is very encouraging, at a time when we are feeling a bit despondent, to see a member of the community has set this up."

He confirmed that the loss adjuster from the insurance company means that estimates show it is going to cost the church at least £40,000 to fix the roof.

And rain on Saturday flooded into the Lady Chapel, leaving carpets and furniture inside soaked.

St Peter and St Paul's Church, Gosberton. Rev Ian Walters with district councillors Henry Bingham, Simon Walsh and Jane King outside the Lady Chapel. (10535482)
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Gosberton. Rev Ian Walters with district councillors Henry Bingham, Simon Walsh and Jane King outside the Lady Chapel. (10535482)

"We had to put in a dehumidifier to dry it out and remove the furniture and move the carpets," he said.

"We have five weddings coming up in the next five to six weeks and I am saddened that people won't be able to have photos done in the Lady Chapel because of this."

Builders on the roof of St Swithun's Church, Bicker, where lead was stolen overnight between Sunday and Monday. Photo supplied. (10806101)
Builders on the roof of St Swithun's Church, Bicker, where lead was stolen overnight between Sunday and Monday. Photo supplied. (10806101)

The fundraising appeal page can be found by going to the website at www.gofundme.com and searching for Gosberton Church Roof.

Another 48 hours later, thieves also struck at Bicker Parish Church, ripping lead from its North Chancel roof. This is thought to have happened overnight between Sunday and Monday.

  • Anybody who has any information on the incidents is urged to call Lincolnshire Police on 101.


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