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Rural parishes sharing vicars 'a challenge'

The number of retired clergy and lay-people carrying out church services in rural areas is on the rise due to churches having to share a vicar.

In the diocese of Gloucester 107 full-time vicars look after 390 parishes.

The Rev Tony Lomas, who has been in charge of nine churches for the past five years, said it was "challenging".

BBC Points West's Laura Jones spoke to the Venerable Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester, and Alec Jeakins, warden at St Peter's, Haresfield.

  • 18 Jan 2016
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