‘Devastating’ raid hits village hall fundraisers

Damage at Eastville, Midville and New Leake village hall.
Damage at Eastville, Midville and New Leake village hall.

FUNDRAISERS striving to keep a village hall open have been dealt a bitter blow after a ‘devastating’ heating oil theft.

Fuel valued in excess of £500 has been stolen from Eastville, Midville and New Leake Village Hall.

It follows a concerted effort among villagers to raise funds for the hall after the coffers reached nil in August of last year.

Vice chairman of the village hall committee and member of the local parish council Coun Christine Lockey described the hall in Fodder Dyke Lane, New Leake, as ‘the hub of the community’.

“We have nothing left at all,” she said. “We have got to try to keep it going.”

Since a change to its committee in August, members have ‘worked very, very hard’ to keep the hall open, said Coun Lockey.

Funds raised for urgent repairs to the hall’s floor are now to be diverted to replace the fuel and improve security.

Coun Lockey said it is ‘devastating’ to have the committee’s fundraising undone in this way and called for others at risk of heating oil theft to be extra vigilant. The theft was discovered on Saturday, but is believed to have taken place days earlier.

l Information to Boston Police Station on 0300 111 0300.

l Have you been affected by heating oil theft? Email The Standard on david.seymour@jpress.co.uk.