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01 October 2021


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Jason TaylorJason Taylor

The Bishop’s chauffeur implements the ‘Simpler, Humbler, Bolder’ vision (Alan Tadiello)

IT IS reassuring to see the C of E preparing for a possible fuel shortage, which coincides nicely with commitments to cutting emissions:

  • With a fuel crisis looming, the Bishop knew that a new way of getting from parish to parish would have to be found (Fiona Drinkell)
  • As the local petrol station had run out of diesel, the Bishop decided to take an alternative form of transport (Angella Willis)
  • It is most unfortunate that we have run out of petrol (Patrick Irwin)
  • Fuel shortage? Don’t panic — the Lord moves in mysterious ways! (Irene Murdoch)
  • Climate crisis and COP26 inspires dramatic episcopal carbon-footprint reduction (Ian Barge);
  • It’s definitely carbon neutral (John W. Barnes)
  • When I said I wanted something more eco-friendly to travel around in, this wasn’t quite what I was expecting (Heather Ford).


Might the commitment to cutting emissions spell the end of the flying bishop?

  • One has heard of a flying bishop, but not a skateboarding one (Nick Baker)
  • One flip of the instructor’s foot, and a flying bishop is launched (Valerie Budd)
  • Not quite a flying bishop — but she’s on the move! (Steve Davies)
  • The new course for flying bishops gets off to a great start (Sue Chick).


How times change:

  • Just imagine, bishops used to have a company car and a chauffeur (John Saxbee)
  • The days of the bishop getting around the diocese in a chauffeur-driven car have long gone (Mervyn Cox)
  • Financial strictures meant a cheaper form of transport (Brian Stevenson)
  • If I could master this mode of travel, I wouldn’t need a chauffeur (Richard Spray)
  • The latest cost-effective mode of episcopal transport is given its first outing (Richard Strudwick)
  • At last, Graham had found a way to reduce the Bishop’s travelling expenses (Vicky Deasley).


Some other entries that we enjoyed:

  • Now, remember: you have only five parishes to visit today (Bill de Quick)
  • Well, if Jesus can walk on water . . . (David and Lisa Warren)
  • Don’t forget this Bishop can only move diagonally (Danielle Frowde)
  • Is this the way to Amarillo? (Julian Ashton)
  • I’m OK, thanks. A bishop’s whole life is a balancing act (Martin Kettle)
  • Her first attempt at skateboarding revealed that Rachel knew lots of fresh expressions (Bridget Swan)
  • This is even trickier to manage than a General Synod debate (Chris Coupe)
  • That’s right, Bishop Rachel. Now push off with your crook and you’ll be in back in Gloucester in no time (Lesley Cope)
  • With a little push, the Bishop became a standing member of the board (Nathan Collins)
  • Lead me, Heavenly Father, lead me (John Hutchinson)
  • Think this is funny? Next week we’ve got a nun on a unicycle (Mark Parry)
  • The ‘Prayers on Wheels’ initiative got off to a very shaky start (Alison Parry)
  • So, hand me the crozier first, Bishop; then try the back flip (Eunice Parry)
  • At last, the Bishop had found a use for her crook (Michael Foster)
  • Our bishop’s move on the board (Janet Stockton)
  • The Bishop is keen to try new ways to capture the flock (Lynda Sebbage)
  • Would-be skateboard thief’s getaway foiled as brave parishioner apprehends crook apprehending crook (David Rattigan)
  • And on this roller I will build my Church (Michael Doe)
  • If you want the version with satnav and reversing camera, I’m afraid it will cost you more (Stephen Disley)
  • The Bishop’s to control the diocesan board, aided by a steering committee of one (Stewart Ridley)
  • Once you’ve got the hang of this, we can move on to walking on water (Nigel Walsh)
  • OK, let’s try that Jesus flip just one more time, Bishop (Graeme Denman)
  • By hook or by crook , she was determined to attend the Bishops’ ‘board’ meeting (Paul Groom)
  • Bishop Rachel had finally discovered how to deliver sermons at three different churches in one Sunday (Valerie Ganne).


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