Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Framlingham: Church burglary is a violation, says warden

20:00 07 May 2014

St Michael

St Michael's Farmlingham

Archant

A burglary at a 14th Century church was last night described as a “violation”.

shares

A silver tablet box, three silver phials of Holy oil in a velvet bag and a 15oz silver ciborium – a chalice on a stand with a lid with a cross on the top – have been stolen from St Michael’s Church, Framlingham.

Someone entered the church and took the items between midnight on Sunday, April 27 and 5pm on Saturday, May 3.

The items were stolen from the aumbry of the church, which was also taken.

Churchwarden Sandra Cartwright said: “The aumbry is a special safe which is kept in a church for the consecrated oils, communion wafers and consecrated wine.

“It’s a very ornate box and it usually has a candle lit above it.”

Mrs Cartwright also said that a pyx was stolen, which is silver and like a pill box. It is normally used to transport communion wafers to people who are sick.

It is not the first time that the church has been targeted in recent months. In February a fire was discovered in the altar after thieves broke into the vestry and attempted to steal charity cash boxes.

A handbag containing a purse, cash, cards and a mobile phone was also stolen from the church earlier in that same month.

Mrs Cartwright said: “I felt very upset and to be honest it was the fact that it was this special aumbry that was taken. That is distressing. It’s a violation. It’s an important Christian symbol.”

She added that the oils were very important as they were collected on Maundy Thursday to be used through the year. The oil is used for services such as baptisms and communions.

One of the items stolen was donated to the church.

She added: “It’s all very special. We will now have to change the lock and replace the vessels, probably at our own expense.”

However there are no plans to close the church, which is open to the public from 8.30am-5pm everyday.

Mrs Cartwright said: “The church is there for everybody.”

Police have stressed that the burglary is not related to any other incidents that have happened at the church in the past.

Anyone with information about the burglary or if you know the whereabouts of the items, call Pc Mark Williams at Halesworth police station on 101 quoting reference LE/14/423, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

shares

1 comment

  • I hope they catch whoever stole these and have the items returned safely Ruth

    Report this comment

    Ruth FL

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The A1092 through Clare was closed following the accident.

A cyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Clare on Sunday has been named as Sean Hickey from Connaught Road, Haverhill.

Mike and Natalie Gee are upset and worried at having to pay £13,000 for the council to make modifications to their home in Ipswich. Natalie has recently become paraplegic after a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair.

“I just want to be a mummy again” – that is the message from an Ipswich woman who was told she would never walk again by doctors.

Ipswich Town Hall.

District councils in Suffolk and north Essex spent more than £20million on redundancy packages over a five-year period, with some departing staff receiving six-figure payouts, an investigation has found.

County Hall, Chelmsford.

An Essex education chief has warned the government to “think carefully” about plans to force all schools to become academies – as figures revealed County Hall could lose more than £1billion in land assets if the proposals go ahead.

Pupils and students, outside Bealings Primary School, whowere due to strike today.

Schoolchildren across Suffolk are “on strike” in protest at controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The new Ipswich police headquarters from insurance company offices in Civic Drive in July 1968

In the summer of 1968 the Ipswich Police Station moved from under the Town Hall to a new building at the junction of Civic Drive and Elm Street. 
Last June work started to demolish this landmark building and the site is now being converted to a temporary surface car park.

The Middy in the war years event at Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett.

A large number of visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway’s annual 1940s event during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24