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150-year old church tower collapses into pile of rubble

by Ruth Sax
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Photo: Horncastle Police

Police officers and firefighters were called to a church in Lincolnshire on Sunday after a 150-year old church tower collapsed.
The tower of St John the Baptist Church in High Toynton fell down suddenly on Sunday morning.
Horncastle Police tweeted: "We have been supporting the community of High Toynton with Horncastle firefighters after the collapse of the church tower.
"No injuries to report thankfully and we will be supporting the community with regular 24 hours checks of the site."
A JustGiving page has been set up by Robert Tomkinson, a villager who got married in the church, to raise money to rebuild the tower.
Robert said: "On Sunday, 19th January, the tower of St John the Baptist church in High Toynton collapsed, taking down almost 150 years of history. Thankfully no one was hurt.
"The rest of the building is still standing - but the challenge of rebuilding starts now and the village will need all the help it can get!
"We don't know how much we will need at this stage but the final figure will no doubt be very high - all money raised here will go to the High Toynton Village Fund.
"The church is the heart of village life (and the only community building left after the bus stop!). It hosts church services and music nights throughout the year.

"If you have any connection to High Toynton - we need your help!

"This fundraising target will be updated once the full costs of rebuilding are known - but any money you can give will help."

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