Warminster Church launches appeal to repair tree damage

This Is Wiltshire: The Rev Dennis Brett and churchwarden Colin Hornsey examine the remains of the pine The Rev Dennis Brett and churchwarden Colin Hornsey examine the remains of the pine

Clergyman Dennis Brett is appealing for contributions from the community, after a massive tree in St John’s Churchyard, Warminster, came down in violent winds.

Witnesses saw the tree topple on to about 100 gravestones last Wednesday, at 4.20pm, exposing the roots.

Nobody was hurt and damage to the gravestones is minimal. Work has begun to clear the tree, but is likely to cost in excess of £4,000.

It is believed the tree, a Bhutan pine, has stood on the spot since the church was built, nearly 150 years ago. It is referred to by the Rev Denis Brett as The Trinity, due to the shape of its branches.

Mr Brett said: “I was grateful no one was injured, as it’s a colossal tree. If it had fallen the other way, onto the road, it could have been a lot worse.

“Cars park all the way along Boreham Road and it was just after children would have been walking home, so we were blessed it didn’t cause more serious damage.

“The scene was one of devastation. It did look like it had caused a lot of damage to headstones, but after we started to clear it there surprisingly wasn’t that much.

“It’s remarkable really and the hand of God is somewhere in the midst of it all. It is terribly sad that the tree has fallen, as it has been with the church from the start and brides would always sit under it for pictures.”

Mr Brett said while the damage was minimal, the cost of removing the tree was great. He is appealing for donations.

He added: “We have asked to keep part of the trunk and we intend on getting a local carpenter to carve it into a bench that can take the place of the tree, so brides can sit on the tree once again.”

Cheques – payable to PCC Bishopstrow and Boreham – can be sent to 50 Gipsy Lane, Warminster, BA12 9LR.

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9:55am Fri 14 Feb 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

The logs from the tree are worth a bit sell them!
The logs from the tree are worth a bit sell them! Dr H Z Hackenbush

10:06am Fri 14 Feb 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Clergyman Brett reasoned "....... so we were blessed it didn’t cause more serious damage."

So you weren't blessed that it fell in the first place?
Clergyman Brett reasoned "....... so we were blessed it didn’t cause more serious damage." So you weren't blessed that it fell in the first place? Mrs Donnyfly

10:28am Fri 14 Feb 14

beetawix says...

yes, it was a blessed nuisance
yes, it was a blessed nuisance beetawix

11:03am Fri 14 Feb 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

Where's your god now Dennis Brett!!!
Where's your god now Dennis Brett!!! Dr H Z Hackenbush

11:04pm Fri 14 Feb 14

derryhawk says...

The Church has plenty of money. Anglican Church owns property all over the place. They took from the poor all through the centuries, sent them to war, claiming they had God's blessing. Ignoring the teachings of Christ. I am very pleased nobody was hurt, and I am a believer, but I don't think the Cof E in which I was raised has anything to do with God........If it had, it would do as he says, and the Clergy would get rid of the superior attitude.
The Church has plenty of money. Anglican Church owns property all over the place. They took from the poor all through the centuries, sent them to war, claiming they had God's blessing. Ignoring the teachings of Christ. I am very pleased nobody was hurt, and I am a believer, but I don't think the Cof E in which I was raised has anything to do with God........If it had, it would do as he says, and the Clergy would get rid of the superior attitude. derryhawk

12:46am Sat 15 Feb 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Why can't all the Cof E bishops have a whip round while they're living it large in their palaces and the House of Lords?
Why can't all the Cof E bishops have a whip round while they're living it large in their palaces and the House of Lords? Mrs Donnyfly

11:21am Sun 16 Feb 14

medievalvillager says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Why can't all the Cof E bishops have a whip round while they're living it large in their palaces and the House of Lords?
Very few of the Church of England bishops now live in palaces and only two archbishops and 24 diocesan bishops have seats in the House of Lords out of a total of 41. There is no evidence to support your view that any of them "live it large" as you so rudely put it.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Why can't all the Cof E bishops have a whip round while they're living it large in their palaces and the House of Lords?[/p][/quote]Very few of the Church of England bishops now live in palaces and only two archbishops and 24 diocesan bishops have seats in the House of Lords out of a total of 41. There is no evidence to support your view that any of them "live it large" as you so rudely put it. medievalvillager

3:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

medievalvillager wrote:
Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Why can't all the Cof E bishops have a whip round while they're living it large in their palaces and the House of Lords?
Very few of the Church of England bishops now live in palaces and only two archbishops and 24 diocesan bishops have seats in the House of Lords out of a total of 41. There is no evidence to support your view that any of them "live it large" as you so rudely put it.
I was unaware it was essential that a view, or an opinion, had to be supported by evidence. My apologies to their collective, affluent Graces.
[quote][p][bold]medievalvillager[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Why can't all the Cof E bishops have a whip round while they're living it large in their palaces and the House of Lords?[/p][/quote]Very few of the Church of England bishops now live in palaces and only two archbishops and 24 diocesan bishops have seats in the House of Lords out of a total of 41. There is no evidence to support your view that any of them "live it large" as you so rudely put it.[/p][/quote]I was unaware it was essential that a view, or an opinion, had to be supported by evidence. My apologies to their collective, affluent Graces. Mrs Donnyfly

12:44am Mon 17 Feb 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

medievalvillager ....

The clergyman made a point of saying they were "blessed" that no serious damage was caused. I'm assuming that in this instance he meant blessed as meaning they were divinely favoured that no serious damage was caused - yet somehow you overlook that he has no evidence supporting his point of view, instead choosing to single out my comment as having no supportive evidence...Typical!
medievalvillager .... The clergyman made a point of saying they were "blessed" that no serious damage was caused. I'm assuming that in this instance he meant blessed as meaning they were divinely favoured that no serious damage was caused - yet somehow you overlook that he has no evidence supporting his point of view, instead choosing to single out my comment as having no supportive evidence...Typical! Mrs Donnyfly

4:13pm Mon 17 Feb 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

Why on earth should it cost in excess of £4000 to clear a tree which is not in anyone's way. A chainsaw and some time is all that is required.
What is in excess of £4000 and how is it calculated?
£4000.75 ? £17,327.00?
Why on earth should it cost in excess of £4000 to clear a tree which is not in anyone's way. A chainsaw and some time is all that is required. What is in excess of £4000 and how is it calculated? £4000.75 ? £17,327.00? The.Central.Scrutinizer

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