Well, the decision has been taken and the pews are to stay by a close vote. The Vicar, Alan, tells a colleague while picking up broken glass in the churchyard. He blames those who don't want the pews removed for the young people not having anywhere to go and so breaking bottles. An interesting connection. Next time I am bored I must remember to smash an empty wine bottle in someone's garden.
I am glad the pews are staying and I appreciate the sincerity of the Vicar (or rather those he fictitiously represents and there are many of them), but perhaps he ought to appreciate the sincerity of those who voted against the removal. He seems to think that reaching out to people means having to do what he wants. Sadly, liberals preaching tolerance can be the most intolerant of all people.
If only the decision had gone this way in more churches in the past!