Christchurch vicar Chris Mann announces resignation via Twitter after "breakdown of trust" with church wardens

Father Chris Mann

Father Chris Mann

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WORSHIPPERS have been shocked by the sudden resignation of the vicar of Christchurch.

Father Chris Mann announced his departure via the social media site Twitter, saying there had been a “breakdown of trust” with the church wardens.

He had been the Priory town's vicar since 2011 and only this March, he had invited parishioners to visit his newly built vicarage in the town.

In a tweet which has since been deleted, Father Mann said: “Owing to a breakdown of trust between the churchwardens and myself, and their lack of willingness to work together, I have had to resign.”

He later added: “I hope to continue to tweet, but not from this parish.”

The Diocese of Winchester issued a statement which was read out in Sunday's service at the Priory. It said: “After several years of very demanding ministry, but also a period in which the parish has seen significant developments in its life, Father Chris has decided to resign and move on to new things.

“We are sad that Chris's ministry in Christchurch is being completed earlier than any of us would have hoped. We appreciate that this has been a difficult time for Chris but we believe his decision to be for the best, both for him and the parish.”

Father Mann was previously chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford before moving to Dorset with his wife Heather. The couple have five children.

He was initially given rented accommodation in Southbourne rather than Christchurch's nine-bedroom, grade two listed 19th century vicarage. The diocese decided to build a replacement for the vicarage and Father Mann held an open day at the new building.

The statement from the diocese added: “Chris and Heather move on with our thanks for all they have offered and all that has been achieved in their time in Christchurch, and we commend them to your prayers as they make the transition to a new home over the next month.”

The diocese said an appointment process for a replacement was “currently being confirmed” and that cover had been arranged for all services.

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3:03pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Another debacle amongst religious nutters. Nothing to worry about.
Another debacle amongst religious nutters. Nothing to worry about. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

3:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

I see that "The diocese decided to build a replacement for the vicarage" so would that be the same body that regularly pleads poverty and appeals to the most vulnerable and usually elderly members of the public for donated funds to repair their church buildings?
I see that "The diocese decided to build a replacement for the vicarage" so would that be the same body that regularly pleads poverty and appeals to the most vulnerable and usually elderly members of the public for donated funds to repair their church buildings? muscliffman
  • Score: 18

3:41pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

Chris Mann apparently rejected the old vicarage because it didn't have enough reception rooms, so he gets a new one built and then resigns, what a lovely christian man he is, then again the church can afford it even though they plead poverty every five minutes.
Chris Mann apparently rejected the old vicarage because it didn't have enough reception rooms, so he gets a new one built and then resigns, what a lovely christian man he is, then again the church can afford it even though they plead poverty every five minutes. Hessenford
  • Score: 18

4:55pm Mon 23 Jun 14

UbelievableJeff says...

Should settle their differences using the ducking stool. That's what the church used to do I believe.
Should settle their differences using the ducking stool. That's what the church used to do I believe. UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 0

5:12pm Mon 23 Jun 14

echor23 says...

Funny to see the diocese of Winchester can afford a new vicarage but can't offer help to any other church for vital maintenance and restoration! Ah the good old diocese of Winchester, what a wonder they are:)
There again the bishop of Winchester can't even visit churches in how own regions so it is no wonder they spend out on new vicarage and waste money where they are fit! Sorry not a comment really about the vicar leaving!
Funny to see the diocese of Winchester can afford a new vicarage but can't offer help to any other church for vital maintenance and restoration! Ah the good old diocese of Winchester, what a wonder they are:) There again the bishop of Winchester can't even visit churches in how own regions so it is no wonder they spend out on new vicarage and waste money where they are fit! Sorry not a comment really about the vicar leaving! echor23
  • Score: 7

5:48pm Mon 23 Jun 14

tribune says...

It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.
It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch. tribune
  • Score: 20

5:52pm Mon 23 Jun 14

PokesdownMark says...

So ignoring the warm fuzzy official statement, what is the real story here? What was the disagreement about? Something pretty serious? Or simply a personality clash? Seems very odd!
So ignoring the warm fuzzy official statement, what is the real story here? What was the disagreement about? Something pretty serious? Or simply a personality clash? Seems very odd! PokesdownMark
  • Score: 9

6:01pm Mon 23 Jun 14

agp1337 says...

tribune wrote:
It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.
Absolutely right, and lots of those who had been going to the services for many, many years got so fed up that they no longer go.
[quote][p][bold]tribune[/bold] wrote: It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right, and lots of those who had been going to the services for many, many years got so fed up that they no longer go. agp1337
  • Score: 11

6:09pm Mon 23 Jun 14

unclejimslad says...

Perhaps this is the Lords alleged revenge for what he did to Andrew Hawthorne. This guy, along with the Bishop of Southampton, have totally destroyed the life of the Rev Fr. Andrew Hawthorne.

It has been suggested and alleged that Fr Chris Mann has been the most unpopular priest at Christchurch Priory for many years. Sounds to me like it was a clash of high ego's.
Perhaps this is the Lords alleged revenge for what he did to Andrew Hawthorne. This guy, along with the Bishop of Southampton, have totally destroyed the life of the Rev Fr. Andrew Hawthorne. It has been suggested and alleged that Fr Chris Mann has been the most unpopular priest at Christchurch Priory for many years. Sounds to me like it was a clash of high ego's. unclejimslad
  • Score: 12

6:33pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

tribune wrote:
It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.
I think only 3 clergy have left, the other one was forced out over alleged misappropriation of funds, don't matter though cause he was no better than Chris Mann.
[quote][p][bold]tribune[/bold] wrote: It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.[/p][/quote]I think only 3 clergy have left, the other one was forced out over alleged misappropriation of funds, don't matter though cause he was no better than Chris Mann. Hessenford
  • Score: -1

6:50pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

unclejimslad wrote:
Perhaps this is the Lords alleged revenge for what he did to Andrew Hawthorne. This guy, along with the Bishop of Southampton, have totally destroyed the life of the Rev Fr. Andrew Hawthorne.

It has been suggested and alleged that Fr Chris Mann has been the most unpopular priest at Christchurch Priory for many years. Sounds to me like it was a clash of high ego's.
Andrew Hawthorn, no better than Chris Mann good riddance to the pair of them.
[quote][p][bold]unclejimslad[/bold] wrote: Perhaps this is the Lords alleged revenge for what he did to Andrew Hawthorne. This guy, along with the Bishop of Southampton, have totally destroyed the life of the Rev Fr. Andrew Hawthorne. It has been suggested and alleged that Fr Chris Mann has been the most unpopular priest at Christchurch Priory for many years. Sounds to me like it was a clash of high ego's.[/p][/quote]Andrew Hawthorn, no better than Chris Mann good riddance to the pair of them. Hessenford
  • Score: -6

8:00pm Mon 23 Jun 14

distressed-damsel says...

Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them!
Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them! distressed-damsel
  • Score: 14

9:25pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Bob49 says...

"he even paid tax on them!"

Goodness me, what a selfless act

a sainthood cannot be far behind
"he even paid tax on them!" Goodness me, what a selfless act a sainthood cannot be far behind Bob49
  • Score: -6

9:34pm Mon 23 Jun 14

woby_tide says...

distressed-damsel wrote:
Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them!
Interesting - so which land have they saddled with Chancel Repair Liabilities then? nice and Christian of them
[quote][p][bold]distressed-damsel[/bold] wrote: Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them![/p][/quote]Interesting - so which land have they saddled with Chancel Repair Liabilities then? nice and Christian of them woby_tide
  • Score: -3

10:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

unclejimslad says...

woby_tide wrote:
distressed-damsel wrote:
Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them!
Interesting - so which land have they saddled with Chancel Repair Liabilities then? nice and Christian of them
Chancel Repair Liability is where a church can put a charge on any property on land that it either owns now, or has own previously since the church was built. Christchurch Priory's options stretch from New Forest to Poole. If there is a covenant on the deeds of your property you cannot refuse to pay if they ask you for money for church repairs. They have the right to put a charge on your property with or without your permission. Rev. Andrew Hawthorne objected to this as it was being discussed with intent to proceed to implement the liability on certain properties in order to pay for repairs to the church. Rev Andrew Hawthorne disagreed with the Priory using this ancient law, and so the Rev. Fr. Hawthorne was allegedly made scapegoat, and subjected to all kinds of harassment from the Bishop of Southampton, and the Priest in Charge of Christchurch Priory.

They even reported him to the local Police for alleged misappropriation of money to which the Police reported he had not committed any offences. With that, they decided to throw other allegations at him in the hope they could get rid of him. Both the Daily Echo and local BBC Radio Solent have run stories on this. It appears the Winchester Diocese of the Church of England does not believe or practice Christianity with their staff.
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]distressed-damsel[/bold] wrote: Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them![/p][/quote]Interesting - so which land have they saddled with Chancel Repair Liabilities then? nice and Christian of them[/p][/quote]Chancel Repair Liability is where a church can put a charge on any property on land that it either owns now, or has own previously since the church was built. Christchurch Priory's options stretch from New Forest to Poole. If there is a covenant on the deeds of your property you cannot refuse to pay if they ask you for money for church repairs. They have the right to put a charge on your property with or without your permission. Rev. Andrew Hawthorne objected to this as it was being discussed with intent to proceed to implement the liability on certain properties in order to pay for repairs to the church. Rev Andrew Hawthorne disagreed with the Priory using this ancient law, and so the Rev. Fr. Hawthorne was allegedly made scapegoat, and subjected to all kinds of harassment from the Bishop of Southampton, and the Priest in Charge of Christchurch Priory. They even reported him to the local Police for alleged misappropriation of money to which the Police reported he had not committed any offences. With that, they decided to throw other allegations at him in the hope they could get rid of him. Both the Daily Echo and local BBC Radio Solent have run stories on this. It appears the Winchester Diocese of the Church of England does not believe or practice Christianity with their staff. unclejimslad
  • Score: 13

10:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

unclejimslad says...

woby_tide wrote:
distressed-damsel wrote:
Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them!
Interesting - so which land have they saddled with Chancel Repair Liabilities then? nice and Christian of them
Chancel Repair Liability is where a church can put a charge on any property on land that it either owns now, or has own previously since the church was built. Christchurch Priory's options stretch from New Forest to Poole. If there is a covenant on the deeds of your property you cannot refuse to pay if they ask you for money for church repairs. They have the right to put a charge on your property with or without your permission. Rev. Andrew Hawthorne objected to this as it was being discussed with intent to proceed to implement the liability on certain properties in order to pay for repairs to the church. Rev Andrew Hawthorne disagreed with the Priory using this ancient law, and so the Rev. Fr. Hawthorne was allegedly made scapegoat, and subjected to all kinds of harassment from the Bishop of Southampton, and the Priest in Charge of Christchurch Priory.

They even reported him to the local Police for alleged misappropriation of money to which the Police reported he had not committed any offences. With that, they decided to throw other allegations at him in the hope they could get rid of him. Both the Daily Echo and local BBC Radio Solent have run stories on this. It appears the Winchester Diocese of the Church of England does not believe or practice Christianity with their staff.
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]distressed-damsel[/bold] wrote: Fr Andrew was actually sacked for going to a Catholic church. He started attending a Catholic Church after he was barred from attending his own church. There was no misappropriation of funds, he was put on gardening leave after objecting to the Priory registering land for Chancel Repair Liability and for the renting of a temporary vicarage out of the parish when the church claimed to be short of funds and owned two empty properties in the parish. The church later accused him of keeping fees fraudulently, I believe in order to discredit and silence him. His informal working agreement had always been that he would receive a housing allowance and be allowed to keep fees - he even paid tax on them![/p][/quote]Interesting - so which land have they saddled with Chancel Repair Liabilities then? nice and Christian of them[/p][/quote]Chancel Repair Liability is where a church can put a charge on any property on land that it either owns now, or has own previously since the church was built. Christchurch Priory's options stretch from New Forest to Poole. If there is a covenant on the deeds of your property you cannot refuse to pay if they ask you for money for church repairs. They have the right to put a charge on your property with or without your permission. Rev. Andrew Hawthorne objected to this as it was being discussed with intent to proceed to implement the liability on certain properties in order to pay for repairs to the church. Rev Andrew Hawthorne disagreed with the Priory using this ancient law, and so the Rev. Fr. Hawthorne was allegedly made scapegoat, and subjected to all kinds of harassment from the Bishop of Southampton, and the Priest in Charge of Christchurch Priory. They even reported him to the local Police for alleged misappropriation of money to which the Police reported he had not committed any offences. With that, they decided to throw other allegations at him in the hope they could get rid of him. Both the Daily Echo and local BBC Radio Solent have run stories on this. It appears the Winchester Diocese of the Church of England does not believe or practice Christianity with their staff. unclejimslad
  • Score: 3

11:29pm Mon 23 Jun 14

PokesdownMark says...

Is all this shenanigans coming about because the churches can see the last members of congregation soon shuffling off their mortal coil and are seriously worried about their viability? In the next half a dozen years I mean. It might be a worrying time to be in their business? Bound to cause a bit of added pressure?
Is all this shenanigans coming about because the churches can see the last members of congregation soon shuffling off their mortal coil and are seriously worried about their viability? In the next half a dozen years I mean. It might be a worrying time to be in their business? Bound to cause a bit of added pressure? PokesdownMark
  • Score: -2

11:37pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

The Priory should reject the Diocese of Winchester and move to the Diocese of Salisbury, its historic diocese, which is sane and pragmatic. Other august 'greater parishes' in the region - Romsey and Sherborne - are well looked after, and well run under Sarum. Winchester is a disaster.
The Priory should reject the Diocese of Winchester and move to the Diocese of Salisbury, its historic diocese, which is sane and pragmatic. Other august 'greater parishes' in the region - Romsey and Sherborne - are well looked after, and well run under Sarum. Winchester is a disaster. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

11:49pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

tribune wrote:
It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.
'Resignation via Twitter' implies a bottle of Merlot and a sense of regret after.

That is not a classy way to go.
[quote][p][bold]tribune[/bold] wrote: It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.[/p][/quote]'Resignation via Twitter' implies a bottle of Merlot and a sense of regret after. That is not a classy way to go. Yankee1
  • Score: 11

11:51pm Mon 23 Jun 14

s-pb2 says...

Reading between the lines it could be interpreted that Fr. Mann was asked to leave. Its a shame that a popular and hard working priest in Rev Hawthorne was made a scapegoat for speaking out against Fr. Mann's desire for power and material goods.
Reading between the lines it could be interpreted that Fr. Mann was asked to leave. Its a shame that a popular and hard working priest in Rev Hawthorne was made a scapegoat for speaking out against Fr. Mann's desire for power and material goods. s-pb2
  • Score: 3

12:22am Tue 24 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

s-pb2 wrote:
Reading between the lines it could be interpreted that Fr. Mann was asked to leave. Its a shame that a popular and hard working priest in Rev Hawthorne was made a scapegoat for speaking out against Fr. Mann's desire for power and material goods.
If memory serves, Hawthorne was in dispute when Williams was Vicar.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines it could be interpreted that Fr. Mann was asked to leave. Its a shame that a popular and hard working priest in Rev Hawthorne was made a scapegoat for speaking out against Fr. Mann's desire for power and material goods.[/p][/quote]If memory serves, Hawthorne was in dispute when Williams was Vicar. Yankee1
  • Score: 5

7:08am Tue 24 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

After ploughing through the explanations largely based on anecdotal evidence and gossip I have decided that if it wasn't for holidays you get from being Christian I'd revert to being an aggadoda
After ploughing through the explanations largely based on anecdotal evidence and gossip I have decided that if it wasn't for holidays you get from being Christian I'd revert to being an aggadoda kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -5

12:20pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Stour Grapes says...

Bob49 wrote:
"he even paid tax on them!"

Goodness me, what a selfless act

a sainthood cannot be far behind
The point, Bob, is that you don't declare tax if you are on the fiddle. Hawthorne objected to Chancel Repair Liability being festered onto homeowners, whether they were Christians or not. He also objected to the way members of the parish council were being bullied through the misrepresentation of the law - it was wrongly claimed that if council members did not approve CRL then they would be personally liable for church repairs. At the same time, Mann rejected other accommodation already owned by the church in the vicinity in favour of alternate accommodation - at considerable cost. Hawthorne's objections led to him being suspended, initially on "medical" grounds. When his doctor refuted this and passed him fit to work, the church cobbled together a "misappropriation of funds" allegation - this coming a year after his initial suspension. This was fully investigated by the police and proved to be nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "he even paid tax on them!" Goodness me, what a selfless act a sainthood cannot be far behind[/p][/quote]The point, Bob, is that you don't declare tax if you are on the fiddle. Hawthorne objected to Chancel Repair Liability being festered onto homeowners, whether they were Christians or not. He also objected to the way members of the parish council were being bullied through the misrepresentation of the law - it was wrongly claimed that if council members did not approve CRL then they would be personally liable for church repairs. At the same time, Mann rejected other accommodation already owned by the church in the vicinity in favour of alternate accommodation - at considerable cost. Hawthorne's objections led to him being suspended, initially on "medical" grounds. When his doctor refuted this and passed him fit to work, the church cobbled together a "misappropriation of funds" allegation - this coming a year after his initial suspension. This was fully investigated by the police and proved to be nonsense. Stour Grapes
  • Score: 10

10:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

'When his doctor refuted this and passed him fit to work, the church cobbled together a "misappropriation of funds" allegation - this coming a year after his initial suspension. This was fully investigated by the police and proved to be nonsense.'

Surely these are ground for a suit for libel, especially if such accusations were made in a public forum?
'When his doctor refuted this and passed him fit to work, the church cobbled together a "misappropriation of funds" allegation - this coming a year after his initial suspension. This was fully investigated by the police and proved to be nonsense.' Surely these are ground for a suit for libel, especially if such accusations were made in a public forum? Yankee1
  • Score: 1

12:59am Wed 25 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

Yankee1 wrote:
'When his doctor refuted this and passed him fit to work, the church cobbled together a "misappropriati
on of funds" allegation - this coming a year after his initial suspension. This was fully investigated by the police and proved to be nonsense.'

Surely these are ground for a suit for libel, especially if such accusations were made in a public forum?
Or is it a load of hot air?
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: 'When his doctor refuted this and passed him fit to work, the church cobbled together a "misappropriati on of funds" allegation - this coming a year after his initial suspension. This was fully investigated by the police and proved to be nonsense.' Surely these are ground for a suit for libel, especially if such accusations were made in a public forum?[/p][/quote]Or is it a load of hot air? Yankee1
  • Score: 1

11:24am Wed 25 Jun 14

Restorer says...

What a lot of largely misguided people venting their views on a subject that they know, at best very little, and certainly do not know the context of any of the allegations made. I would not suggest that I do know all the details but few people are aware of all that goes on in the running of such a splendid part of our heritage at Christchurch Priory. Even fewer would realise that the Priory receives no National funding of any sort, relying upon local support and any available grants. Few would realise that the
majority of those people involved in the running of the Priory are unpaid and do what they do with a good Christian ethic. Any person that has any experience of managing an organisation within the commercial sector will appreciate that as a manager you have to work as part of a team. The manager/vicar is their to help plan and achieve aspirations, guide through difficult times of change, encourage when doubts and challenges appear. At all times maintaining enthusiasm, and confidence, within the loyal team. This was displayed with the previous incumbent in many ways. Whilst at the Priory he was able to create a very strong and loyal congregation, and group of volunteers working within the Priory, all working to the love of God. In fairness to Revd: Chris Mann he did start his service with some demanding challenges, some of which were current but many of which he was fully aware of when taking on the position of "Priest in charge"
However although many good things have been achieved by Chris Mann he has been unable to work fully with his team and, for what ever reasons, many areas of friction, largely caused by his action or non action, have come to light and ultimately a breakdown in trust between him and key members of his team. When there is a "no confidence vote" in the head of the team there is only one solution, which now sadly has occurred.
I hold no malice towards Revd: Chris Mann and wish him a speedy recovery, and happiness in his retirement. Let us hope that we can know find a suitable replacement with good speed and set the Priory back on track to its spiritual destiny and praise to the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ . Our prayers for all the ministry team, and good heart during the interegnum. Amen to that.
What a lot of largely misguided people venting their views on a subject that they know, at best very little, and certainly do not know the context of any of the allegations made. I would not suggest that I do know all the details but few people are aware of all that goes on in the running of such a splendid part of our heritage at Christchurch Priory. Even fewer would realise that the Priory receives no National funding of any sort, relying upon local support and any available grants. Few would realise that the majority of those people involved in the running of the Priory are unpaid and do what they do with a good Christian ethic. Any person that has any experience of managing an organisation within the commercial sector will appreciate that as a manager you have to work as part of a team. The manager/vicar is their to help plan and achieve aspirations, guide through difficult times of change, encourage when doubts and challenges appear. At all times maintaining enthusiasm, and confidence, within the loyal team. This was displayed with the previous incumbent in many ways. Whilst at the Priory he was able to create a very strong and loyal congregation, and group of volunteers working within the Priory, all working to the love of God. In fairness to Revd: Chris Mann he did start his service with some demanding challenges, some of which were current but many of which he was fully aware of when taking on the position of "Priest in charge" However although many good things have been achieved by Chris Mann he has been unable to work fully with his team and, for what ever reasons, many areas of friction, largely caused by his action or non action, have come to light and ultimately a breakdown in trust between him and key members of his team. When there is a "no confidence vote" in the head of the team there is only one solution, which now sadly has occurred. I hold no malice towards Revd: Chris Mann and wish him a speedy recovery, and happiness in his retirement. Let us hope that we can know find a suitable replacement with good speed and set the Priory back on track to its spiritual destiny and praise to the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ . Our prayers for all the ministry team, and good heart during the interegnum. Amen to that. Restorer
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1:16pm Wed 25 Jun 14

stevobath says...

tribune wrote:
It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.
Sounds all rather 'Un Christian'.

Anyway, one sure doesn't have to be a Christian to be a decent, caring human being.
[quote][p][bold]tribune[/bold] wrote: It's true that there have been 'significant developments' under Chris Mann. Four clergy have left. £90k was spent on renting his colossal temporary house in Bournemouth. The parish has got further into financial difficulties. Services have been cut. The outreach service was scrapped. St George church had its Sunday School scrapped as well as its holiday club. Attendances at services have plummeted. With any more 'developments' like these there won't be anything left. Chris Mann was an utter disaster for Christchurch.[/p][/quote]Sounds all rather 'Un Christian'. Anyway, one sure doesn't have to be a Christian to be a decent, caring human being. stevobath
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