Judge not, lest ye be judged. This timeless wisdom has guided the Anglican Church for hundreds of years, fostering a certain tolerance of eccentricity among its members. Good thing, too.
The `Mermaid of Morwenstow' excommunicated a cat for mousing on a Sunday. When he was late for a service, Bishop Lancelot Fleming commandeered a Navy helicopter. `Mad Jack' swapped his surplice for a leopard skin and insisted on being carried around in a coffin. In spite of all this they saw the church as their true calling. After all, who cares if you're wearing red high heels when there are souls to be saved?


The Rev Fergus Butler-Gallieauthor of A Field Guide to the English Clergy, is coming to Ripon to talk about his extraordinary book at Holy Trinity Church, Kirkby Road, Ripon HG4 2BE at 7pm on Wednesday 10th October 2018.


Tickets are priced at £7 (+online booking fee) and this includes a glass of wine and £5 off a copy of the book on the night. (RRP of the book is £12.99) Tickets are also available from The Little Ripon Bookshop, 13 Westgate, Ripon HG4 2AT.