Campaign starts for water in Ashton Under Hill church

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A £30,000 campaign to install running water in a Worcestershire church believed to be 900 years old has begun.

Church wardens say St Barbara's in Ashton Under Hill has never had a mains water supply.

They want the Grade II listed building to have a toilet and kitchen facilities for congregations and community groups.

Church warden Malcolm Nelson said: "Electricity was only installed in the 1940s, we need to bring it more up to date."

He said it is unclear when the building was founded but there is evidence it goes back to Norman times.

Mr Nelson said: "A little church like ours is never going to have a lot of money, we've had to spend a lot on maintaining it.

"But it's no longer acceptable to be without a toilet, we have to direct people to the local pub if they want to use one and it discourages schools and young people to use the church too.

"We decided to get on with it and try to bring in a water supply."

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