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Parsonage and Parson

Coping with the Clergy - thirty years of eccentricity and delight

Parsonage and Parson

Coping with the Clergy - thirty years of eccentricity and delight

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Publisher: The Book Guild Ltd
ISBN: 9781915122933
Number of Pages: 104
Published: 28/09/2022
Width: 12.7 cm
Height: 19.8 cm
Richard Trahair shares an insider's experience of the wide-ranging 'goings on' in a large Church of England diocese in the south of England from the 1980s. As estate manager - Diocesan Property Secretary - for more than thirty years, he reflects on the astonishing range of characters he worked alongside, and the diverse buildings and land for which he was responsible. Richard delves into the nature of a parsonage house, its parish loyalties, and the keen controversy over selling the grand old houses and replacing them with smaller ones so that the impoverished clergy and their families can at least keep warm. Both people and places were a heady mix of the delightful, the worthy, the curious and the downright eccentric. With encounters recounted that range from wacky and hilarious, to thought-provoking and historical, catch a glimpse into the life of a twenty-nine-year-old surveyor in a diocesan office dominated by retired military gentlemen, rattling around in a huge 15th century former city workhouse, as he grows into his role.

Richard Trahair

Richard Trahair is a retired chartered surveyor and Justice of the Peace, a church organist and one-time churchwarden, immersed with his wife Biddy in the frantic life of a small rural parish community a long way from anywhere in particular. He has written two published novels during his retirement.

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