September 15 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A Fenland church has become the target for vandals again after windows were broken over the Bank Holiday weekend taking the number of attacks in the village to 27.
The Grade I listed St Leonard’s Church had three windows broken in a week.
The windows were in a food preparation room at the church.
A vestry window was broken five months ago and since last year 15 panes of glass have been smashed in the Tower.
Churchwarden Kevin King said the damage would run into thousands as it had smashed glass and also broken the leading.
“It is a beautiful church and I would like to think it will still be here in the village serving the community in another 200 years time, but with costs going up it needs the support of our community to help it to keep going.
“Funds are short and vandal attacks like this drain our budgets. It is just so sad.”
The vandal attacks were part of a wider trail of damage in the village and other surrounding villages in recent months, he said.
“One resident had the pillars smashed off her brick wall. Christmas lights were ripped off the Christmas tree of the builder who fixed it for her,” he said.
“The village noticeboard was also ripped down and damaged,” he said.
The Gorefield Road building is thought to be one of the finest historic churches in the county according to the St Leonard’s website and has a long history.
There is evidence that a wooden church was built there in 850 after the original Viking invaders converted to Christianity and a stone church was built on the site around 1150.