Many of you will know that a couple of weeks before Christmas we had some very unwelcome visitors on the church roof. Sadly the got away with a large amount of lead off the roof, amounting to several thousand pounds. Unfortunately three weeks ago they came once more and stole even more. Sadly this caused a lot of water to pour into the church and made things very damp. Providentially there wasn’t too much damage inside the church and we managed to cover the roof with plastic just before another rain storm came. Due to the high incidence of theft from church roofs, our insurance company will not pay out enough to pay for lead to be replaced. We may be as much as £10,000 short. This will have to be found by the small congregation as there is no other source of funding available to us. It doesn’t make much sense to replace the lead with more lead as clearly people will come and steal that too, so we are looking at ways of covering it with something that looks like lead but isn’t worth stealing. We are also investigating fitting an alarm system that will cover the roof. If you see anyone suspicious day or night please do contact Rev. Stephen Gwilt on 250637 and give him the details, preferably taking the number plate of any vehicle that looks out of place.