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Why is the Vicar"s Memory Dishonoured in the Church?

Posted by Ian on September 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

I have posted several additions to the official Wikipedia entry for St. Werburgh's, Spondon. The church the Vic served for nearly 50 years.  Yet, every time I write something, the entry is taken down.   Personally I will never enter the church doors again until the Vicar's name is properly honoured.  It was disgraceful the way he was treated towards the end, both by the Church of England and by certain people in Spondon who should have known better.


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Reply Ian
9:53 AM on November 16, 2014 
I checked again tonight and it had been deleted but I found a way of restoring the information about the Vic!
Reply StephenRBeet
7:34 AM on October 18, 2014 
Hi, Ian. I checked the Wikipedia reference and the reference to the Vicar seems still to be there, so that is good news!
Reply Ian
9:58 PM on September 22, 2014 
Hi, John, I thought that the first time but when I looked it seems to have been deleted by the person who wrote the original article. When I sent it the second time I was careful to submit just factual information and it seems to be there still!
Reply john belfield
8:52 PM on September 22, 2014 
Ian, don't take the Wikipedia rebuffs personally...I suspect they are just coming from zealous editors who are following the manual to the letter. There are rules for the Wikipedia website that don't allow material that is `personal research', or material that does not adopt a 'neutral point of view' even when it is obviously true! All this means is that we need to find books, newspaper articles, etc, to back up what we write then cite it as a reference. A good start would be for us to find reports that confirm Mr Barber's status as Britain's longest serving parish priest. This would make him notable in the eyes of Wikipedians, and a worthy addition to the Wikipedia article on St Werburgh's.

The Evening Telegraph clipping, here, just states "He is believed to be the longest serving priest in one parish in the country", which still isn't definite enough for the encyclopedia; editors won't like the "believed to be".