High Easter's volunteer-run village hall targeted by lead thieves

PUBLISHED: 08:34 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:50 11 April 2019

Lead has been stripped off High Easter Village Hall. Picture: GORDON ROBINSON

Lead has been stripped off High Easter Village Hall. Picture: GORDON ROBINSON

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A village hall run by volunteers has been stripped of lead by thieves.

Lead has been stripped off High Easter Village Hall. Picture: GORDON ROBINSONLead has been stripped off High Easter Village Hall. Picture: GORDON ROBINSON

Members of the High Easter Village Hall Committee gathered on Saturday to do some maintenance work when they discovered the majority of the lead flashing had been stolen from the hall’s roof.

Lead flashing is added to buildings to prevent leaks and provide protection from water.

Gordon Robinson, committee chairman, said: “I am pretty upset and disappointed that someone could do this. The hall is run purely on a voluntary basis. Lots of hours are spent on this [the hall] each week. People have to maintain the hall so it is something we can be proud of.”

Lead flashing is missing over the ladies’ bathroom, leaving the area which was refurbished late last year thanks to an extensive fundraising campaign and grants, vulnerable to leaks and damage.

The hall has insurance and Gordon will be putting in a claim once the committee has received an incident report. He said damage to the roof would probably cost a four-figure sum to repair.

Committee member Janice Green told the Broadcast: “We spend a lot of our free time fundraising and working for the hall. We suffer in the end and so do the community we work tirelessly for. We put loads of events on and there are clubs in the evenings. It is used really well. We don’t get any money from anywhere other than fundraising, hall users and grants.”

Janice went on: “I feel disappointed. We live in a lovely community and whenever you have something like this it pricks the bubble of the community.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called with reports of a theft from a village hall on The Street, High Easter. It was reported that between March 30 and April 6 lead was stolen from the roof of the hall.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact the community policing team on 101, referencing 42/54116/19. Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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