St Botolph’s Church in Boston (Boston Stump) has today welcomed the return of an antique collection box. The box, which dates back to the 1600s, was stolen in October 2017 and, after an appeal through the local media and social media, was later found in a skate park in the town.

The box had been badly damaged and so Mr Alan Tosney, one of the conservation volunteers at St Botolph’s, set to work. Now, after months of work and with the help of fellow professionals, the box has been returned to its rightful place in the churchs Multilingual Chapel, with a special service held to mark the occasion.

Speaking about his work, Mr Tosney has said, “I am proud to be involved with the restoration of the box, it was a pleasure to work on this project. I couldn’t have possibly achieved the final product without the help of the professional people who readily gave their time and advice towards the completion of such a lovely project.

“I hope the box will now be in the Stump for many more years to come. Thank you also to the people who donated money towards the materials required to restore this special box.”

The Revd Alyson Buxton, Team Rector for the Parish of Boston, has said, The goodwill and generosity of the craftsmen and women of the town never ceases to amaze us and we are grateful for all they offer to both the church and the town.”

St Botolph’s would like to thank those who offered donations towards the cost of materials for this project: B Knight & Sons Ltd (Timber Merchants & Manufacturers), Dewhursts Trophies & Engraving; MG Dales Joinery and B&Q Boston.

St Botolph’s Church is open every day from 8.30am until 4pm. Further information on the Parish of Boston may be obtained here, with details of services for Holy Week and Easter available here.