Praise be! Church no longer driven batty by poo from on high

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Praise be! Church no longer driven batty by poo from on high

Thanks to a new scheme, parishioners no longer have to endure excrement-coated floors and pews

Gabriella Swerling

Enticing the next generation through their ancient doors, keeping donations topped up and ensuring that the organ is tuned usually rank high among any English church’s list of priorities.

For one congregation in Leicester, however, their problems have been somewhat more ungodly. For years, members of All Saints Church in Braunston-in-Rutland have been plagued by faeces dropping from the ceiling where a 500-strong colony of bats now reside.

This has meant that instead of praying or enjoying the 1,000-year-old church building, parishioners have been slipping on its floors, art and furniture has been covered in sheeting, and volunteer wardens have spent hours scouring pews and floors of bat excrement...

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