(Pictured is the Revd Neil Knox and colleague laying a temporary covering after their lead was stolen in 2019). 

Allchurches Trust has given a generous grant to the Diocese to assist with the installation of roof alarms to protect vulnerable lead roofs.  This will pay for up to 50% of the cost of installing a roof alarm system, capped at a maximum of £2,500 per church,excluding VAT.  The grant is being administered through the Diocese of Lincoln.

As many of you know, there was a major spate of lead theft across the Diocese in 2018, 2019 and at the beginning of this year.  In response to this we have been working closely with Lincolnshire Police to identify which remaining lead roofs are most vulnerable to metal theft.  Experience through this and earlier periods of metal theft shows that having a roof alarm will act as a deterrent and if the worst happens and a theft does occur, having an alarm gives parishes the reassurance of far greater insurance cover and payout.  Depending on the scale of the building, one aisle can cost around £60,000 to recover in terne coated stainless steel, and we recognise this is a crippling amount for a parish to find if they are under insured and without an alarm.

The grant criteria are:

  • The type of alarm and the supplier must be approved by your insurer.
  • The PCC must agree to pay for the annual maintenance of the alarm for at least five years.
  • You have not already had a grant from Allchurches Trust for this purpose.

If your PCC is interested in applying for a grant, please contact Fran Bell, Church Development Officer in the first instance at: [email protected]