'Arson' blaze destroys part of Norfolk church

CarletonRodeFireBy Keith Morris

2009: A fire, believed to have been started by arsonists, ripped through a 197-year-old listed South Norfolk church last night causing considerable damage.
 
Over half of the Grade II listed Carleton Rode Baptist Church was damaged with a school room and store room worst affected.
 
Church pastor, Rev Mark Taylor, who only moved to the church last year, from Wick in Scotland, with his wife Claire and four young children, said: “The school room and store area seem to be burnt beyond use. There was talk last night of demolition. I saw some of the church members with a sense of devastation because their lives have been so closely linked with the church.
 
“We get 45-50 people on a Sunday morning, but the big success is a youth club for 8-11 year olds. My sadness is that five weeks ago we began the youth club called "The Loft" in the church and 40 of the village children attend this club. The place destroyed by fire is the very place that they meet every Friday.
 
“I went to the school this morning and it is the talk of the village. Some of the children are in tears. Some of the older girls came running up and said ‘Pastor Mark, we are going to raise some money to keep this going.’ The headmistress of the local school has offered the school as a temporary venue for the youth club.
 
“Although the church building is burnt, the church family continues. What has happened here has shaken the psyche of the village.”
 
Firefighters believe the blaze, which began just after 10pm, was started by burglars who set alight to the church after ransacking the building.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue said: “The fire was believed to have been started after a burglary. Fire investigators are going back today, along with a crew from Wymondham to check for hot spots.”

Pumps from Wymondham, Attleborough, Long Stratton, East Harling, a water carrier from Hethersett and an aerial ladder platform from Earlham were sent to the fire at the church in Chapel Road.
 
To hear Rev Mark Taylor talk about the fire, click on video below.
 

To read more about Rev Mark Taylor and the church on this website, click here.

Pictured above is the fire-damaged Carleton Rode Baptist church. Picture courtesy of EDP24.


., 16/06/2009

Carleton Rode Baptist Church Fire Rev Mark Taylor
Rev Mark Taylor talks about the fire which has partly destroyed Carleton Rode Baptist Church in South Norfolk
Downloads: 2602
Recorded: 16/06/2009
Length: 5 minutes
Play Download Windows Media Video (3.7MB)

Feedback:
James Knight 16/06/2009 12:37
This is devastating news, but please be reminded that it is in times like this when God is usually about to do something remarkable, and bless us in an unexpected way. Remember the wise words of William Somerset Maughan:

"The stars never shine brighter than when reflected from a wayside ditch."

You are all in my prayers. Is there any way we could pull together some church resources and help out financially?

God bless

James Knight
Maria Landon 16/06/2009 15:23
How awfully sad.
You are in my prayers.
Ria x

Network Norwich and Norfolk > Regional News > South Norfolk > 'Arson' blaze destroys part of Norfolk church

Do you appreciate our service and stories?

The Network Norwich & Norfolk website has been published for over 13 years now and we have an established team of professional journalists covering the activities, organisations and churches which make up the county’s Christian community. Our whole purpose is to support that community by daily providing accurate, unbiased stories and features.

To pay for that service, we rely on our partner organisations, advertisers and readers to, in turn, support us financially. We want to keep the website free for everyone to access and continue to be able to pay for writers to produce the content you can enjoy every day.

We would like to ask you to consider supporting our work and suggest you might want to make a small regular donation of just £1 a week and become one of our 100 Friends, or a larger one-off or annual amount.

Because we are part of a registered charity we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations if you are a tax-payer.

Click here to fill out a standing order form and to add an extra 25% for free via Gift Aid

Click below to donate instantly via a credit or debit card or Paypal


Site Search

 Norfolk services........ 

 Accommodation......... 


Twitter-button  facebookbutton

South Norfolk churches directory


 

Sign up for our
free e-newsletter


Send us your latest local news and events