What happened to the other three?
Bunter did, wringing his hands ineffectually.
How come Bunter is still at Ambridge. The CoE claim to have a policy of moving their priests around - they don’t leave them too long anywhere, in case they go native.
Bunter has been there for (it seems like ever) over a decade.
He must be a rotten priest. He hasn’t been promoted - surely he should be at least a Sergeant-priest my now?
Getting rid of TVOA would have the added advantage of getting rid of Usha, too and in such a way that she couldn’t accuse the General Synod or whoever, of age discrimination.
Speaking of which Priests do have a retirement age. How old is Alan?
Just asking like.
Not only that, when he arrived he rang the church bell eight times: once for each year he would stay. That was August 3rd 2003.
So they kept him on, Eh?
He must know where the bodies are buried. - See what I did there?
In the graveyard ???
Bravo. Good one.
For a moment there I thought you were suggesting she might take over from him. I know they’re pretty relaxed these days but I think they do like their vicars to be at least nominally Christian. (Actually believing in God is a bonus.)
[quote=“Used2B, post:3, topic:257, full:true”]Speaking of which Priests do have a retirement age. How old is Alan?[/quote]I’m afraid it’s 70. And the CofE, as far as I can tell, is trying to get it raised, because they’re so short of people wanting to do the job.
I once tried to work out Alan Franks’ age, on the basis that Amy, same age as Alice, must have been born in 1988 or so; I don’t think she would have been born when he was younger than twenty, so the youngest he could be would be 49, but there is no saying what the oldest possible would be. I think myself he is likely to be not less than 55, given that he had to do all the accountancy exams and stuff and I think he probably married after he had done them.
Usha was born in 1962.
I wonder if the CofE have considered recruiting from the Syrian asylum seekers?
As long as they were given Fridays off for attending mosque.
He was offered promotion to a position in the Cathedral. I can’t remember when that was and think it might possibly have been in an Ambridge Extra.
But can AmEx be regarded as canonical?
Sorry, sorry, not very sorry.
What can I say to that?
Yes. Well somebody has to clean Cathedrals, I’m sure.
It depends whether he’s been licensed for a fixed period, which can be extended, or instituted as incumbent with parson’s freehold. In the latter case, it would take ‘gross moral turpitude’ to get rid of him, I’m not even sure heresy would do it. In practice, my spies in the CofE tell me that bishops are tending to license first and see whether the vicar and the congregation get on. There hasn’t been a major row of Franksenstein’s making, even Śri Śiva was glossed as Alan the liberal being Alan the liberal, so there’d be no problem.
Are you deliberately trying to depress us?
giggles in an unhealthy manner
As a statement of the obvious, that ranks pretty high
I think you mean oblivious. Glad to see you’re keeping cheerful. Happy Easter!
I know what I meant, and ‘obvious’ it was (sigh, it so often is, sadly) , but thank you kindly.
Happy Easter to you too, Aisling, and to all ARites.
Yes Happy Easter everyone