All Saints’ Church, in Haugham near Louth, is celebrating the completion of a new roof – almost four years after the building was the victim of a major theft.
The theft, in November 2011, left the nave and chancel roofs protected only by tarpaulins while The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) – the national charity which cares for the church – searched for funds to carry out repairs.
Earlier this year, the CCT was awarded a significant grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund to finally enable work to go ahead.
The repairs included stripping and relaying both roofs, while installing a roof alarm and overhauling the rainwater disposal system.
Dawn Lancaster, from the CCT North, said: “We are so grateful to receive this grant and do this essential work.”
The work was finished just three weeks ago and cost around £85,000.
The church is now weather-tight and the interior will begin to dry out.
The next step will be raising funds to carry out further plaster repairs and redecorate the interior.
If you would like to help care for the church, call 0800 206 1463 or go online at www.visitchurches.org.uk.