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Choir, but no Vicar

18 October 2013


From Mr Rod Walker

Sir, - I have returned from a trip to the Blackpool lights, and have once again enjoyed an evensong at St John the Baptist's, Broughton (just outside Preston). The choir of more than 30 boys, plus about 20 men, is probably the best church choir in Britain. This is the third occasion since February that I have attended a service there.

Although the church is apparently thriving, unlike many others, it has lacked an incumbent since February. Advertisements have been placed in your publication, and applications have been forthcoming, and yet no one has been appointed. Is it usual in England to be without an incumbent for a period of eight months? The lay preachers have made a sterling effort to keep the services going, but a church is rudderless without an incumbent.

Incidentally, how does one get 30-plus choirboys from eight to 14 years to turn up twice every Sunday and sing enthusiastically?

Bancyfelin, Forge View
Aberdare CF44 6DN

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