THE Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael
Perham, was among the bishops who made a tour of flooded churches.
Among them was St Bartholomew's, at Ashleworth, which could be
reached only through a chicken barn in a neighbour's field. The
whole church was flooded with filthy water about a foot deep, with
all the consequential damage to flooring and furniture.
He also went to see St John the Baptist, at Chaceley, whichwas
surrounded by water, but fortunately had not actually been flooded.
Nearby houses were, however, and the Bishop visited residents in
both parishes to find out how they were coping.
He said that it had been important for him to see at first hand
the effect that the floods had had on people's lives and
properties, and their churches. "It was inspiring to see how
positive people were during such a difficult time."