Mystery money donations: Cash pours in to stop church demolition

Mystery money donations: Cash pours in to stop church demolition

Mystery money donations: Cash pours in to stop church demolition

First published in News

A CAMPAIGN to save a Grade II listed church from demolition has become the latest recipient of an anonymous letter full of cash.

This week the Gazette has run a series of stories about people who have been posting envelopes full of £20 notes.

They have all been fully addressed and included a piece of lined paper with no note.

Tim Young, a Colchester councillor who has been campaigning to save St Peter’s Church in Birch, also received one of the letters, but his had a big difference – a note.

It read: “Keep up the campaign Tim. This is for the save Birch church campaign.”

Mr Young said: “I think it’s wonderful.”

He gave the donation to North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, which is heading up the campaign.

Church commissions and the Chelmsford Diocese have said the church, which was declared redundant in 1990, will be demolished.

Campaigners hope communities secretary Eric Pickles decides to call in the decision, and it will be looked at again.

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3:59pm Fri 18 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

How can they demolish a grade 2 listed building? I though that was the whole idea of grade system. I've heard people not bring allowed to paint their property certain colours, so can't see how they get permission for that. Surely better to give it to the community for hall or something or even sell it for a cheap fee to a property developer of they don't effect the outside appearance of the building.
How can they demolish a grade 2 listed building? I though that was the whole idea of grade system. I've heard people not bring allowed to paint their property certain colours, so can't see how they get permission for that. Surely better to give it to the community for hall or something or even sell it for a cheap fee to a property developer of they don't effect the outside appearance of the building. angryman!!!
  • Score: 9

4:31pm Fri 18 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

Grade II listed building, hope it's squirrel proof.
Grade II listed building, hope it's squirrel proof. hughie-s
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

hughie-s wrote:
Grade II listed building, hope it's squirrel proof.
And it's unlikely to be fire proof!
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: Grade II listed building, hope it's squirrel proof.[/p][/quote]And it's unlikely to be fire proof! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 5

7:50pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Councillor gets envelope stuffed with cash...
Councillor gets envelope stuffed with cash... Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 8

10:59am Sat 19 Apr 14

Monkey1980 says...

Birch Church is a wonderful building and both myself & my sister were Christened there. It should be saved!
Whoever this mystery benefactor is, good on them!
Birch Church is a wonderful building and both myself & my sister were Christened there. It should be saved! Whoever this mystery benefactor is, good on them! Monkey1980
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Maybe the Gazette could publish the amount that was in the envelope. Just so the mystery benefactor can make sure the correct amount reached the fund.
Maybe the Gazette could publish the amount that was in the envelope. Just so the mystery benefactor can make sure the correct amount reached the fund. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Send me a grand please !!!
Send me a grand please !!! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 1

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