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Church punished for noisy parties

St James the Great Church in Thorley, Hertfordshire, owns a 16-century barn on its premises, which is rented out for parties and weddings.

According to the Daily Telegraph, one anonymous neighbour said: "It's been hell living here for several years now and the worst of it is that the Church of England actively promotes the barn."

Another neighbour said: "We have weekend after weekend of disturbances. Sometimes it actually feels like we're actually in there, hearing the words of every song," according to The Sun.

Complaints prompted East Hertfordshire District Council to issue St James the Great with a noise abatement notice. This means the noise must be stopped completely, or limited to certain times of day.

Church leaders at St James have said they will look into soundproofing the barn, and will meet in February to address the noise issue.

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