Villagers in video bid to attract new vicar
Villagers in Essex have made their own YouTube video in a bid to attract a new vicar to their parish.
The homemade film has proved an unexpected YouTube hit, notching up nearly 9,000 views on the video-sharing website, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The parish's two busy churches, St Andrew's in Bicknacre and St Mary's in Woodham Ferrers, have been without a vicar for 16 months.
Now villagers have made a video appealing for suitable candidates - using a cardboard cut-out to show exactly where the new clergyman will fit in.
Villagers felt they were left with no option when they realised they had received no applications for the position after a whole year.
The position is for a "house for duty" associate minister who would not get paid but would be given use of a four-bedroomed detached church house in return for working two days a week, plus Sundays.
Incredibly, only five people have downloaded an application form for the job but nobody has formally applied for it.
Churchwarden Nick Kitchen said: "We're looking for somebody with enthusiasm who is flexible and willing to get involved in the community."