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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2005, 20:17 GMT 21:17 UK
Vicar preparing for pub service
The Reverend John Buckley and barmaid Jo Stranks
Mr Buckley said he was looking forward to meeting the regulars
A Cheshire clergyman is to attempt to reach those who prefer a pint to the pulpit by holding a service in a pub.

The Reverend John Buckley will mark his appointment as chaplain of the Church House Inn, Bollington, Macclesfield, with a Harvest service in the bar.

The owners of the pub, a consortium of local residents, said the new role was an extension of their involvement in the community.

The event on Sunday is free - but the post-service hot pot will cost 5.

Vicar 'delighted'

"We see the pub as being the hub of the community and we want to try to make a difference to local people," a pub spokesman said.

"The church across the road closed down last year so we have asked John to be here for people and to hold the occasional service.

"The idea is to provide a friendly face people can talk to about their problems if they want to or have a general conversation."

Mr Buckley is the vicar of St Christophers' in Pott Shrigley, Cheshire.

He said: "I am delighted to have been asked and I am looking forward to some interesting conversations - even if some customers may be surprised to see me here."

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