Father Alan Davies with one of the pets. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet

Dogs, cats and a tortoise were among the congregation at St Mark’s Church, Ten Mile Bank.

A harvest festival and pet service was held at the church last Sunday to celebrate both the harvest and the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi. 

Around 30 people attended and the service was led by Father Alan Davies, vicar of St Mark’s.

The congregation also hoped to use the service to highlight an appeal to find a roofer or someone with equipment which could be used to get access to the bell tower.

Sandra Starling, chairman of the church committee, said a rope needs re-attaching to a bell in the tower but getting access is very difficult.

Fundraisers have worked hard to get the church and bells restored to former glory and she said it was sad the bell could not be tolled as the rope had fallen down. 

The committee is hoping someone will come forward with scaffolding, a ladder or a lift to access the bell tower on the other side of the church roof.

If you can help call Mrs Starling on 01366 377210 and leave a message.