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To grow or not to grow

14 September 2012

IT SEEMS that the Revd Matthew Burns, of Holy Trinity, Rhostyllen, in St Asaph diocese, can never quite make up his mind whether he looks better with a beard or not. He tends to grow one nearly every year, he tells me, and shaves it off a few months later. So it seemed a good idea, when they were fund-raising for some electrical repairs on his Victorian Gothic church, and his beard had been in place for seven or eight months, to have a sponsored shave.

The deed was done one evening, in church, by a well-known barber from Wrexham, who, Mr Burns says, first gave an entertaining talk on the history of barbering and all that the barber-surgeons used to do.

When it came to taking off the beard, it was a proper wet shave, with all the necessary towels, and it took place in the church because there was more space for the audience. The event raised a healthy £450, and, for the moment, Mr Burns remains beardless. But not for ever. "Perhaps I'll start again next year," he told me.


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