Cricklade church cat Chloe pads off
CHLOE the church cat, who once hopped on to a bishop’s lap while he conducted a service, has died.
The stray, who made her home at St Sampsons in Cricklade, was a regular member of the congregation and even a welcome guest at weddings, sometimes joining the bride and groom on their journey down the aisle.
Her favourite haunt was the table top tombs on the north side of the church and it was here that she was found in distress at the weekend.
She was taken to the vet who realised she was beyond help and put her to sleep.
“I’m not a cat person, but I loved Chloe,” said former church warden John Hickman. “ She was very much part of the church and she will be sadly missed.”
Her fan club was world wide and visitors to the listed building, which dates back to the 11th Century, have left hundreds of comments about her friendly nature over the years. Some came just to see her.
One holidaying group of nuns even wanted to take her back to Australia with them.
Chloe, who is thought to have been around 17 years old, was a kitten when she first appeared at the church. Parishioners and fans ensured that she was fed, given her own bed and cared for. She repaid them by keeping it free of mice.
Her hunting skills were not always appreciated though. Once she caught a bat in flight during a service and proceeded to make a meal of it there and then.
A visiting Bishop of Bristol officiating on the high altar also suffered a slight shock mid-service when Chloe decided to curl up on his lap as he sat in his chair.
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