A 12th century chapel in south Shropshire has received a grant to provide an innovative solution to a basic necessity missing from the building – toilets!

The chapel in Heath, near Boulden, hosts services and community activities for nearby houses and surrounding villages. At almost 1,000 years old, it also attracts a large number of visitors keen to view its architecture. With the help of some temporary toilets, the chapel successfully hosted a party celebrating the Royal Wedding last year.

Recognising the opportunity to put on more events, and with the nearest facilities three miles away, local residents applied for a grant from the Millichope Fund to install an eco-self-composting toilet. The Millichope Foundation to support village halls and community buildings in the county.

Matched funding of up-to £500 is given out for key equipment, resources and energy-saving measures which will enhance a building’s use and make it more sustainable.

Heath Chapel’s toilet has now been set up for the congregation and visitors, and includes a tongue-in-cheek sign asking users for either a 1p or £1 donation – depending on use!

“The chapel has a large number of visitors throughout the year, as well as its monthly congregation, and the new toilet has already been used and appreciated as the only facility close by,” said acting church warden Jill Perks.

“We are very grateful to the Millichope Foundation who made this possible.”