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Not this Julian

10 May 2013


From the Revd Julian Hollywell

Sir, - May I just clarify that I am not the rural dean called Julian quoted in your report "Study reveals personal cost of life in the priesthood" (News, 3 May) as wanting to tell callers at the vicarage on my day off to "Sod off, then." Very far from it.

Although this appears in character, those who know me well will appreciate that the only occasion when I have ever been caught "working on my car on the driveway" was when phoned and asked, at short notice, to give the Bishop a lift.

In my resulting stroke-inducing panic, while attempting to clean the vehicle, a kindly parishioner did turn up, and took pity on me by just giving me their car, which was in a suitable condition for such an honour. A good example of collaborative ministry, I feel.

Rural Dean of Derby North
The Vicarage, Gascoigne Drive
Spondon, Derby DE21 7GL 

[The name given in the research that was reported may not be the rural dean's real name; so we would plead with other rural deans called Julian not to feel it necessary to send in their disclaimers, too. Editor]

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