It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vicar!

vandaOur speaker for our first meeting of 2017 was the force of nature that is the Reverend Canon Vanda Perrett.

Vanda is the Priest in Charge of the Land’s End Benefice which, alongside St Sennen, also includes the churches of St Levan and St Buryan – quite an achievement for a lass named by her mother after a fictional serial adulterer and temptress from a Mills and Boon novel!

But then Vanda clearly makes a habit out of achieving the strange and unusual – sneaking out to the pub during training for her ordination, greeting the bishop wearing a practically identical (highly coloured) outfit, or conducting Christmas crib services by conscripting human substitutes for the shepherds, wise men and donkeys absent from the non-existent Crib display!

Regardless of our religious persuasions, Vanda had us laughing and crying at the stories she told from her years of service in the Church. To paraphrase what she was told by one of her tutors in the pre-ordination process, she may not be what the Church wants, but she is certainly what it needs!


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