Churchgoers losing fight over colony of roosting bats

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A COLONY of bats is refusing to move from a 1,000-year-old North Yorkshire church despite the efforts by parishioners to provide alternative accommodation for them.

But the congregation of St Hilda’s Church, Ellerburn, near Thornton-le-Dale, is determined to continue holding services, said churchwarden Liz Cowley.

The Grade II*-listed Saxon church was closed for several months last year after droppings and urine from the protected creatures made it impossible to hold services.


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