Church thefts ‘lead’ to generous donation

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VITAL repairs to Stickney church have come a step closer thanks to generous donations from the community.

Members of St Luke’s Church, in Main Road, recently organised a Gift Day – which raised an impressive £1,547.90.

“The amount is a record for us,” said Doreen Cooley, church treasurer. “The PCC of St Lukes Church would like to thank all the people who donated. We only got back 50 envelopes out of 400 delivered – but those who did return them were very generous.”

The money will go towards the estimated £14,000 costs of repairing the church roof after several incidences of lead theft over the last few years.

“We took the rest of the lead off in the end and now just have plastic sheeting over it,” said Doreen. “But this leaks into the porch when it rains, and the water is damaging the old stonework.”

The PCC now plans to repair the bare roof using ‘vandal-proof’ coated stainless steel – a material being increasingly used to repair church roofs due to its more robust composition.

Windows at the church have also been damaged in previous incidents. They have since been repaired.

The PCC is now looking to get metal bars fitted to protect the church’s main stained glass window.

“We still have a few more thousand to raise,” added Doreen, “But the church is such an asset to the village it’s worth it.”