The sycamore tree at the south-east corner of Thorney Abbey churchyard was felled in July.
Half of the tree was brought down during storm Doris in the spring and damaged some grave stones. The rest of the tree was inspected and found to be diseased and with a clear structural weakness.
Permission was obtained from all the relevant authorities to get this removed. Jeff Rowlett and his team had the task of removing the remainder of the tree. This was no mean feat due to its close proximity to both the Abbey and to Whittlesey Road.
Adrian Tasker, a member of the PCC, said: “The tree was removed in sections and the stump levelled off. This now opens up the south-east corner and lets in considerably more light. It also removes a real risk to public safety for the village. I would especially like to thank the Parish Council for their assistance in this matter.”
The only problem the tree surgeons had was a Victorian nail which was embedded in the tree, which their chainsaw struck.
Thorney people are being asked to help the Abbey secure a grant of up to £25,000 by voting on the Aviva community fund website.
Monies are awarded according to public votes, so yours might be critical.
To vote, go to: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1417
You will need to register, but this is free and only takes a few minutes.
Money will be used towards the Abbey’s £200,000 appeal to finance internal alterations, including new entrance doors, a gallery, toilets and kitchen.
Thorney Abbey is staging another quiz night on Friday, November 18 and entries are being taken already.
The quiz is at the former Methodist Church at the crossroads, starting at 7.30pm and teams of six (£30) or eight (£40) are invited.
Price includes supper and quizzers should bring their own drinks and glasses.
Entries to Adrian Tasker on Adrian.email@example.com or Jane Crossland on firstname.lastname@example.org
All profits go to the upkeep of the abbey.
Thorney Abbey is staging a quiz night at the Bedford Hall on Friday, January 29 (7.30pm start) and is looking for entries from teams of eight.
It is £40 per team to enter and supper (with a vegetarian option) will be available.
Do you recognise this man? He and an accomplice entered Thorney Abbey on June 18. They had a good look around, tried to remove the collection box and also tried to move CCTV cameras so their actions would not be recorded.
By adjusting the camera, one of the men provided a very good close up.
Volunteers on the church cleaning rota spotted the collection box had been disturbed and also that one of the CCTV cameras had been moved. Once the film was checked, it became clear this was an attempted theft.
A member of the PCC told Thorney Post there was only a few pounds in the collection box, but theft from churches was sadly becoming more and more common which is why Thorney has a CCTV system covering the whole of the church. “We don’t look at it unless there has been an incident and in this case it quite clearly showed the would-be thief.”
If anyone recognises the man, you can e-mail email@example.com and we’ll pass names on to the PCC.