Suffolk Historic Churches Trust launches alarm appeal for lead theft targeted churches such as Lavenham’s St Peter & St Paul

Lavenham Church St Peter and St Paul, has has lead stolen from their north roof, cleaning up water damage, Revd Stephen Earl Rector and Rural Dean.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-115229009
Lavenham Church St Peter and St Paul, has has lead stolen from their north roof, cleaning up water damage, Revd Stephen Earl Rector and Rural Dean.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-115229009
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An appeal has been launched this week to raise money to install alarms on the roofs of the county’s churches following a spate of lead thefts from several.

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust is launching its Alarms for Churches Appeal and is offering to cover half the cost involved up to £2,500 per church. This will be available to the first 10 churches which apply while the appeal will help further vulnerable churches and chapels.

Seven churches including Lavenham and one at Combs were robbed.

Martin Favell, trust chairman, said: “Current ecclesiastical insurance policies will only pay the first £7,000 of a claim if no suitable alarm is installed, but many churches and chapels simply cannot afford the cost of these alarms.

When a church is targeted local people are faced with massive repair bills, not only to replace the missing lead but also repair considerable rain damage that can result.” See www.justgiving.com/suffolkhct