Raise the Alarm
Why we need your help
Churches across Norfolk have been suffering from a sustained spate of lead thefts with, on average, three to five churches targeted every month.
Despite the continued support of the Police and the local community, churches across our county are still being targeted and extensively damaged.
To combat the threat and protect these community spaces, the Bishop of Norwich, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, the Norfolk Churches Trust, All Churches Trust and the Round Tower Churches Society have been working together to find a long term solution and have created The Roof Alarm Scheme.
Through this partnership, over £250,000 will be spent installing alarms on a number of churches.
A church is more than just a historically important building containing so much of our history and local heritage. It is also a place of worship, celebration and reflection where families meet to mark important life events at baptisms, weddings and funerals. They are places of community that build cohesiveness.
The former Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James said: “The landscape of Norfolk would be spiritually flattened if we lost our wealth of medieval churches. They are better cared for than ever thanks to volunteers who worship in them regularly, raise money for the fabric and cherish these buildings. But they are under threat from lead thieves who damage the fabric, leave havoc in their wake and cause those who care so well for our churches to feel dejected and dispirited. This roof alarm scheme is an imaginative and effective way of combating these thieves and giving heart to those who care for our churches so well. That’s why I’m glad to contribute to the scheme using trust funds available to me. I’m grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner and the other contributors for their imagination and support.”
In many churches and churchyards there are also important emotional ties to our ancestors, they provide clues to our shared heritage and our family history. There are memorials to remember the bravery of those who fell in past wars and an opportunity for us all to remember their sacrifice.
Churches targeted by criminal acts often have to redirect their attention from practically serving their local community, to raising funds to replace the roof and securing the building.
Acts of vandalism and theft can also prevent vital community activities from being able to meet in the building such as parent and toddler groups, dementia cafes, foodbank distribution and more.
Therefore, the Bishop of Norwich and the Police & Crime Commissioner are asking if the public might consider contributing to install alarms on other churches by donating to the Raise the Alarm campaign.
For more information visit: https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/churches/buildings/the-roof-alarm-scheme
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