IDLE, Christopher Martin. b. Bromley, Kent, 11 September 1938. He was educated at Eltham College and St Peter’s College, Oxford (BA, 1962), going on to study Theology at Clifton Theological College, Bristol. Between school and university he spent three years working in an office, shop, and hospital; he was actively involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. He was ordained (deacon 1965, priest 1966), serving curacies at St Mark’s, Barrow-in-Furness (1965-68) and Christ Church, Camberwell (1968-71). He was priest-in-charge, St Matthias’, Poplar (1971-76) and rector of Limehouse (1976-89), before becoming rector of seven village churches in rural Suffolk (1989-95). In 1995 he returned...
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