Village rallies behind church
Fundraising underway after vandals’ attack
FUNDRAISING is under way to improve security after vandals flooded a church hall by blocking its kitchen and toilet sinks.
They had smashed a wall and door to gain access to loft space at the recently refurbished St Paul’s Church in Egham Hythe at the end of August, their actions causing £4,000 of damage.
The church’s priest, Father Michael Roper, has already started a crowdfunding page to improve the Thorpe Roadbased church’s CCTV and alarms which has so far raised £290 of a £1,000 target.
Now a group of people are organising a series of events, including a charity car wash at the church, to help raise a further £2,000.
Wilf Hall, committee chairman for the church, said the group has already raised £300 and supporters are planning a barbecue night and five-aside football match.
“A lot of local
residents were upset over the break-in and wanted to do something to help,” he explained. “When the area had the bad flooding in January and February last year, the church opened its doors to the community.
“The hall that had the break-in was where all the food and supplies were collected to be distributed.
“Also, as some people stayed in their homes with no power, a place to get a free hot drink was very welcome.
“The community feel it is our turn to repay the kind generosity that was given by the church community.”
St Paul’s crowdfunding page is at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/speh.
Key supporters: From left, Caroline Edwards, Adam Garrett, Mark Millard, plus Veronica and Wilf Hall.