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Catalogue of clerical errors in Emmerdale

31 August 2012


From the Revd Ian Falconer

Sir, - Canon David Winter wrote (Televison, 24 August) of declining audiences for the soaps and production teams' attempts to win them back. He mentioned Coronation Street and EastEnders. But what of Emmerdale? It is the only village in England with just a couple of hundred souls to have a full-time vicar all to itself.

And, when the Revd Ashley Thomas bashes his dad, upsets his kids, and Laurel calls it a day (he hasn't had much luck with wives), he tells his flock that he's resigning, goes to sleep rough, fails at working in a takeaway, then ends up taken in by Marlon - who's now getting off with Laurel. It is well over three months, she and the kids are still in the Vicarage, and not a peep from the diocese. Where's the Bishop? That's what I want to know.

Not far back, he suspended Ashley over lies from another priest's wife, and waded in for no reason and with no authority to close the church down, and the villagers had to fight to save it. Now there is something serious, he's nowhere to be seen. No hint of

the Clergy Discipline procedure or any attempt at pastoral care for Ashley, let alone repossessing the vicarage.

And young, trendy Revd Jude has reappeared from nowhere to run the church, seemingly with no licence. By the time you read this, he's probably off with someone he met in the Woolpack. But then I suppose parish profiles, section 11 meetings, and archdeacons would be too much for the writers.

Thank goodness The Archers and Rev generally get church stuff right.

70 Lowgates, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3TU


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