Brothers go into business for village church

Band of brothers ... Oliver Rymer (standing), with Alfie (left) and Charlie.
Band of brothers ... Oliver Rymer (standing), with Alfie (left) and Charlie.

Three brothers are fighting back against the damage done by church lead thieves and their weapon of choice is ... homegrown fruit and veg.

The Rymer brothers - Oliver, 10, Charlie, eight, and Alfie, five - have been helping to raise much-needed funds for St Nicholas’ Chuch, in Walcot, near Folkingham, with a fresh fruit and vegetable stall.

It was back in 2011 when thieves stole about three tonnes of lead from the Grade I listed church.

Villagers responded, launching a number of fundraising initiatives for the church, with the Rymer boys being the latest to support the cause.

Sited outside their home in Walcot, their enterprise has been up-and-running since mid-August.

The boys pick all the homegrown produce, such as plums, apples, courgettes and runner beans.

They even built the stall and made all the signage for it themselves.

“The plums have been selling brilliantly,” said Oliver.

“We’ve already made £45 for the church!”

St Nicholas’ Church was one of a host of places of worship to suffer at the hands of, as it was described at the time, ‘Britain’s most prolific church lead theft gang’.

Its members were jailed in 2012 for a combined period of more than 20 years having struck at 20 churches across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Another fundraising initiative in the village includes a second-hand clothes collection which raises £500 for the church for every tonne collected.

Any adult and children’s second-hand clothes, shoes (tied together), belts, bedding (not duvets or pillows), handbags and soft toys can be bagged and left at The Grange, in Walcot, before October 20.