Monday 8 November 2010

Sunday Star and the War Memorial

An article appeared in yesterdays Sunday Star attacking the Lincoln Diocese and its decision not to allow us to install the WW2 memorial in the church. This article has not been sanctioned by the PCC of All Saints and the journalist had been asked previously not to write such an article. We respect the decision made by the DAC and the Diocesan Chancellor at that time. If the situation changes in the future we would welcome that, but at this time we accept the memorial can only be displayed in the church on a temporary basis.


  1. You can't tell a journalist not to write something and you have no right to sanction any newspaper article! I'm assuming the journalist in this case, Alistair Grant, is the son of the architect working with Nocton Church; David Glew, and he would not have written it if he had not checked the story's accuracy and had not considered it responsible reporting.

  2. Thanks for your comments Deborah. However if you look at the rebuttal put out by the Diocese Communications officer, you will see they point out a considerable number of inaccuracies in the story. In addition the Archdeacon, The Venerable Tim Barker personally informed me (when we spoke on the phone (Tuesday evening) he has been mis-quoted. I was also the applicant on behalf of Nocton Church who worked with The Artist - Cliff Baxendale, ArtsNK and the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)to get the memorial installed and am fully aware of the issues involved.

  3. You missed the point - until you join the Murdoch clan you have neither the influence nor the right to sanction, censor or in any other way control what a newspaper prints and I'm alarmed that you seem to think you can.

  4. Deborah
    Anyone and everyone has the right to ask someone not to print a story have they not?