Security System needed for St Peter's Church

Written by Susie Rohde , Churchwarden on .

In July this year St. Peter’s Church suffered a significant lead theft from its roof. The thieves were never apprehended.

Since then, after much investigation by the PCC and Churchwardens it was agreed that a ‘State of the art’ alarm should be installed. The system consists of sensors, alarms, recorded warnings and Strobe lighting. Should the alarms be activated the emergency security services will automatically be alerted and within minutes be at the Church.

There are lead alternatives but these do not have the longevity of lead neither are they as pleasing aesthetically.

We had hoped to update the heating in the St.Peter’s but to comply with the Church Insurer’s conditions and to protect this beautiful and ancient building for the community we have no choice but to proceed with the security arrangements. This is an expensive venture.

Contribution towards this community project will be gratefully received,

please contact Susie Rohde, Churchwarden, on 01508 489 363  or  07762 727 539 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Can we stop the theft of lead from Church roofs?

Written by Super User on .

There has been a call for a petition to be signed to help prevent the theft of lead from church roofs.

You don't have to be a church-goer, or even a Christian to care about these medieval buildings, and as any householder will know, the surest way to encourage deterioration within a building is to have a leaky roof.

Strenuous efforts have been made to prevent these thefts; surveillance cameras, locked gates, and even ‘smart water’ that rubs off on the culprits and remains detectable for some time have all been tried, but still the thefts continue. Ironically the cost of making good this vandalism far outweighs the profit that the thieves make on the lead. Church committees and fund raising groups work endlessly and tirelessly to raise funds to improve other aspects of these old buildings, and it is sickening to see this money being spent on the roof yet again. These thefts involve not only churches, but houses, business premises and schools.

Forncett Fete 2011

Written by Sally Hibbler on .

A BIG thank you to everyone for attending and helping with the fete.

Following the initial count of the takings at the fete, the fete has raised, after expenses, £1,654.68!  Obviously this may change slightly when counted again. A further £750 should also be added as part of Barclays donations to local charities.

WELL DONE to everyone

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Gilderswood Laynes Farm Appeal Rejected

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Appeal A - The Planning application - Ref: APP/L2630/A/10/2138729 31 - Change of use from agricultural land to residential site for Traveller family, to include the stationing of 2 static caravans, 2 touring caravans and a day block plus associated landscaping and fencing.

The appeal is dismissed.

Appeal B - The Enforcement Notice - Ref: APP/L2630/C/10/2138732 32 - Remove the caravans and all associated domestic items from the land and cease the use of the land for residential purposes no later than 31 July 2011.

The appeal allowed for a periof of 4 years with conditions - at the end of this period the use hereby permitted shall cease. Within three months of the end of this period all caravans or mobile homes, structures, materials and equipment brought onto the land in connection with the use shall be removed from the site and the surface of the land shall be restored to its previous natural condition (with some exceptions).

You can download the Full Report:  icon Gilderswood Laynes Farm Appeal Decision