Villagers pulling together to bounce back from lead theft

St Nicholas' Church, Walcot, is in need of �10,000 to replace the lead from the roof stolen by a gang of thieves. Photo supplied.
St Nicholas' Church, Walcot, is in need of �10,000 to replace the lead from the roof stolen by a gang of thieves. Photo supplied.

The parish church of Walcot, near Folkingham, is one of many in the local area and across the country to have fallen victim to lead theft.

Back in 2011 a gang targeted this small village removing approximately three tones of lead from St Nicholas’ Church. Believed to be Britain’s most prolific church lead thieves they were jailed for a total of more than 20 years in December last year but left St Nicholas’ Church with a staggering bill to replace the lead.

This small community has pulled together, desperately trying to raise the figure of £10,000. A website has been set up to promote various initiatives, including second-hand clothes collections, a fruit and veg stall in the village, yoga classes and an annual quiz night. The quiz night is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, in Folkingham Village Hall at £10 a ticket which includes a two course meal. The next second-hand clothes collection is set for October 7 and St Nicholas’ Church receives £500 for every tonne of clothes and shoes they gather together. If you would like to go along to the quiz night or donate to the Walcot Church fund, get in touch via the website: www.walcotchurch.co.uk

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the community but we are still a long way off our target. It’s a lot of money to raise for such a small village,” explained Pippa Rymer, from the fundraising team. “Local businesses such as the Grange Spa, Sleaford Golf Club, Hoppers Jewellers and The Three Kings in Threekingham have been incredibly generous. It’s brought us all together with a common goal as we don’t want to be the generation to let such a beautiful and historical building crumble.”

Repair work will hopefully begin this autumn to replace the stolen lead with an alternative material.