From an article published in the Colchester Gazette, the preparations for the 2012 Art Exhibition were put it in doubt after the following was reported – “thieves had tried to rip apart the church roof to get to the copper.  

They targeted All Saints Church in Shrub End between Monday 30th April at 6pm until 9am on Tuesday 1st May.                         

They got away with some copper but it was security marked and was therefore worthless as it could not be sold on. However the attempts caused damage and the roof of the annexe had a big leak just before the Art Exhibition was due to be held. This was still set to go ahead after members of the congregation helped save the day”. In a promotional picture in the paper, vicar was seen on a ladder peering at the hole in the roof.