Huge auction to raise funds for saxon church

LH 100215 Extension fundraising at St James the Less church, Lancing. Rev'd Stephen Date left with John Hacker and Pat Welsh, right. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151002-142620001
LH 100215 Extension fundraising at St James the Less church, Lancing. Rev'd Stephen Date left with John Hacker and Pat Welsh, right. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151002-142620001

A LANCING church is to hold an auction this Saturday to fund a new toilet and kitchenette for the Anglo-Saxon building.

Project manager Patrick Welch said he has been raising money for Saint James the Less for 18 months and has so far raised £90,000 of the £150,000 target.

He said: “This is an amazing achievement for a relatively small parish so we’re immensely grateful and we would love to continue that support.”

The church has never had a toilet facility and kitchen for its 1,000-year lifespan.

Father Stephen Date said: “This is a Grade I listed building, but if we can modernise while keeping within the spirit and use of the building then why not.”

The auction will feature nearly 150 items including a 32inch flat screen TV and even a kitchen sink.

All welcome to attend this Saturday at the Church Hall in Mill Road (opposite Miller and Carter) at 1.30pm, with viewing and refreshments starting from 10am.