GENEROUS villagers have been warned not to be taken in by two boys who say they are collecting for a church appeal.
The pair - thought to be about eight to 10 - have been knocking on doors asking for cash for Christ Church, Linthwaite.
But the church says it is not doing any house-to-house collections.
Fundraising has been going on for £200,000 restoration work at the church.
Churchwarden Rhona Jepson said: "These boys are going round saying they are collecting for the appeal.
"But we are not doing anything door- to-door."
Bright tangerine netting has been covering the church as work gets under way to repair the roof and steeple.
Parishioners of the 175-year-old building, in Church Lane still need to raise £23,000 towards the final cost.
Miss Jepson said the church was selling slates at 50p each as part of its bid to reach the total.
The church is looking into securing cash from the landfill tax scheme.
The work comes as the church prepares to mark the 175th anniversary of the building's consecration on October 16, 1828.
On Sunday, October 19, the new Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, will preach at a festival Eucharist.