Community rallies round after window of Buckingham church damaged by vandals

The damaged window at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Buckingham
The damaged window at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Buckingham

A crowdfunding page has been set up and a fellow business is inviting donations after the window of a church in Buckingham was damaged by vandals earlier this week.

A stained glass window at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Buckingham was damaged by vandals at around 11pm on Wednesday September 25.

It is estimated it will cost around £1500 to repair the window after the incident of criminal damage at the church on Castle Street.

Rector of St Peter and St Paul's Church Will Pearson-Gee said: "We arrived at the church on Thursday morning to find the protective grill undone and a window smashed although no entry had been gained into the building.

"Although when I saw the damage I was depressed and angry I have been heartened by the outpouring of love for the church by people who have probably never set foot in the building in the days following the attack.

"People are seeing it as an attack on the heart of the town.

"We have had offers of help from carpenters to board it up, stained glass experts to replace it and members of the public through donations or pledging money from events and fundraisers to help us.

"We get no funding from the Church of England for the maintenance of the building and we estimate it will cost £1500 to repair the damage."

The community have started rallying round with Harrold Opticians, based on Bridge Street, inviting customers to donate to the church in their store after they suffered a break in of their own on the same night.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone who has any information in relation to this can contact police on 101 quoting reference number 43190297852

Harrold Opticians manager Beth Lucas said: "Thieves broke into our shop at just after 10.30pm on Wednesday night and stole the till and its contents.

"The till was found abandoned at the church and we are worried that they may have used it to smash the window.

"When customers come to our store to have minor adjustments made to their glasses we do not charge them but instead invite them to donate - and we have decided that all the money donated will go to helping the church."

Meanwhile, Buckingham resident Tony Allen and his wife Hazel took part in a 31 mile run of the North Downs Way over the weekend raising £1,052 which they donated to the church repair fund.