Rev. Langhorne, April 1924

Stuart Billington

The Rev. Langhorne said that when he first came he came with a certain amount of apprehension, as various rumours had been flying all over the place. One rumour circulated was that directly he had been instituted he was going to sweep all the beautiful ornaments off the altar and do other extraordinary things, and there was, he understood, a sigh of relief when it was found he was not going to indulge in any barbarity or acts of vandalism (laughter). He did not, however, think anyone suggested that he was going to preach in a black gown (laughter).
The apprehension, happily, wore off very quickly and he was very warmly received by everybody. Wherever he went the greatest kindness was extended to him and he thanked them very much for the good reception they gave him.
Instead of having had any resignations of church workers, as it was rumoured would be the case, he had had an accession of strength in that direction, and there was a full staff of workers, which he thought it was most satisfactory.

(Extracts from Parochial Church Meeting, 29th of April 1924)


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