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Fleet church ruined by fire made safe by insurer Ecclesiastical

  • Company’s staff were on site morning after fire 

  • Thoughts with vicar and congregation 

  • Plans for restoration to be drawn up as soon as possible

23 June 2015

Specialist staff from the UK’s leading church insurer Ecclesiastical, were on site at All Saints Church in Fleet, Hampshire first thing this morning to see for themselves the scale of the devastation following the fire which gutted the historic church on Monday evening.

Members of Ecclesiastical’s staff were on site this morning and the company’s contractors are in the process of making the structure safe,

Andrew Brown, Ecclesiastical’s Church & Heritage Claims Director, said: “This is an appalling tragedy for the church and its local community. Our thoughts are very much with the vicar, Reverend Hayton, the congregation and the local community in Fleet – particularly the couples who were planning to marry in the church this coming weekend.

“Church fires of this scale are thankfully rare, but we are highly experienced in dealing with them. As soon as the remains of the building have been made safe, we will survey what’s left and assist the PCC to develop a plan for restoration.”

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Media enquiries
Adrian Oldman, PR Manager, Ecclesiastical Insurance
Tel: 0800 783 8141 
Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ.

Adrian Beeby, Ellipsis Communication
Tel: 07879 403564

Notes to editors

About Ecclesiastical
Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services organisation. With its main operations and headquarters in the UK, Ecclesiastical also operates in Australia, Canada and Ireland.
Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, the education and faith sectors, heritage buildings and fine art.
Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, the company now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home insurance, selling through brokers and directly.
Ecclesiastical also offers a range of ethically screened investment funds through its award-winning investment management business, Ecclesiastical Investment Management. Ecclesiastical is one of UK’s Top Company Donors to Charity according to the 2013/2014 UK Guide to Company Giving.
Ecclesiastical’s Group vision, launched in January 2014, states that the Group intends to give £50m to charity between 2014-2016. In 2014 alone the company donated a total of £23.5m towards the  £50m goal.
    Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.