Sedlescombe church badly damaged by Storm Angus

The tree fell onto the church roof
The tree fell onto the church roof

A Victorian village church has been severely damaged due to storm Angus.

The roof of Chapel Hill United Reformed Church in Sedlescombe was struck by a fallen ash tree yesterday (Sunday, November 20) following the high winds.

Damage to the roof

Damage to the roof

Marie Jackson, the church’s treasurer, said: “The church was built in 1879 and has stood the test of time, surviving the bombings during the Second World War.

“The ash tree fell onto the chapel roof last night and we only discovered the extent of the damage this morning (Monday, November 21).

“It looks like the roof will need to be rebuilt, as rain is coming through holes everywhere inside the church.

“We redecorated the church only last week and paid the contractor on Friday so it’s sad such damage has been caused by the storm.”

She added contractors will be called out to temporarily place tarpaulin over the roof to prevent any more water damage.

Marie said: “We will not know how much it will cost to repair the church until the loss adjustors have been to give us their professional opinion.”

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