Leasingham church dilemma: 800-year wait for toilet

Leasingham Church, Lincolnshire
Image caption St Andrew's Church dates back to before the Domesday Book and was probably built around 1175

Parishioners at a Lincolnshire village church hope a fundraising event will help them avoid being "caught short" in the future.

St Andrew's Church in Leasingham near Sleaford has managed without a toilet for more than 800 years.

Fundraiser John Vassard said the community needs to raise £7,000 to build an outdoor loo.

In extreme cases, some people are forced to relieve themselves behind church headstones, Mr Vassard said.

A village hog roast and other activities are being held at the weekend to raise donations.

'Angelic' neighbour

"Little bridesmaids are often the ones that have to go, usually aged about three, and they're desperate," Mr Vassard said.

"Money is very tight here - the sewerage alone comes to around £7,000.

"We are desperately trying to collect the money as fast as possible to save us and other people who arrive here from all over the UK the embarrassment.

"This is the last throw of the dice - we have a hog roast, we have bouncy castles, we have waffles and the most amazing gardens that people have ever seen."

One church warden said some people were afraid to worship because they think they will need to use the toilet.

But Mr Vassard said: "A lady next door is kind enough to let people use her toilet - we call her the angel."

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