£22,000 raised in aid of St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe, targeted by lead thieves
PUBLISHED: 09:29 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 11 July 2018
Tea at Westminster, a day of fly fishing, and a homemade cake every month for a year.
These were just some of the enticing items on offer at an auction in aid of a north Norfolk church targeted by lead thieves.
St Mary’s Church in Baconsthorpe, near Holt, was raided twice early last year.
Thieves stole up to six tons of lead from the church in March 2017 and returned in April when they caused £40,000 worth of damage.
But the community have rallied round, and at an auction held at the church on Friday, July 6 a total of £22,000 was raised for its refurbishment.
Fundraising group treasurer, Richard Youngs, said: “It’s a credit to the hard work of our community and donors far and wide that we were able to attract such enthusiastic bidders”.
And limited edition prints of Baconsthorpe Castle, donated by illustrator Mungo McCosh, are still available.