A vandal hit church has finally had its roof repaired - and parishioners are now hopeful of redeveloping other parts of the historic building.
Thieves stole lead from the roof of Belton All Saints Church on seven different occasions within 12 months in 2008 and 2009.
In recent years the church has had to make do with temporary roof covers while insurance details were sorted and additional funds were raised for a new roof.
Now, churchgoers are celebrating the completion of the project after a new stainless steel roof was unveiled.
An alarm system to keep out thieves in future has also been installed.
Church warden Peter Beaumont, 70, of Churchtown, Belton, said: “When the church was attacked it caused much anger, heartbreak and inconvenience for a great number of people.
“It caused around £25,000 worth of damage and it has taken a while to sort all the paperwork out and to raise money for new roofing.
“But thankfully, a few years down the line, we have got to the point where the new roof is completed.
“It looks much better than before and, with the new alarm system in place, we hope there will not be any more thefts.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who helped to raise money for the project, including the council.”
The re-roofing took more than two months to complete and cost around £48,000.
North Lincolnshire Council’s LEADER Fund contributed £18,000 to this, while other money was raised through church coffers and fund raising events.
Church members are now turning their attention to raising money to refurbish the church hall, which has been out of use for about 10 years.
Mr Beaumont explained that previous felt roofing was replaced with concrete tiles and the supporting beams had not been strengthened.
He said: “This has caused the roof to sag and has rendered the hall unsafe to open.
“But we are looking to raise around £50,000 to repair the roof and strengthen the supporting beams.
“There are also plans for new toilets and disabled access and for a couple of new offices in there. Charities and groups could use the hall and it is something that would benefit the whole community.
“It is hoped that further funding can be obtained to assist in the cost of this project in the future, and the Church would welcome enquiries from anyone who may feel that they would be able to use the church hall as and when it is returned to a fully functional building.”
Anyone who can help with the fund raising project can contact Mr Beaumont on 01427 872890.