All Saints Church – a message from the Vicar

Vicar the Revd Mark Hayton said: “The destruction of a church is a cause of deep sorrow, not just for churchgoers but for the whole community.

“We are in profound shock but thankful that no-one was hurt in the fire.

“The cause and extent of the damage is not yet fully known but the roof has been destroyed and the interior of the church appears to be almost completely gutted.

“We would like to thank Hampshire Fire Brigade for their terrific response and valiant efforts to contain the fire.

“Please pray for all those connected with the church who will be feeling its loss keenly. Especially those who were due to be married there in the coming days and weeks.

“Our congregations will find strength together and in God and will continue to meet at the parish’s St Philip and St James’ Church.

“We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and shared sorrow that has reached us since news of the fire spread.”

The church, built in 1862, is popular for weddings and hosts a monthly lunchtime concert followed by a lunch in the community centre. While All Saints was a simple country Church it was also the first of the few Churches designed by brilliant architect and designer William Burges and therefore not only a loss to Fleet, but also to our National Heritage.

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