Biker Rev was “called” to role

Scole, Norfolk. Rev'd Nigell Tuffnell the new vicar for Harleston parishs
Scole, Norfolk. Rev'd Nigell Tuffnell the new vicar for Harleston parishs

THE group of parishes may be very spread out, but the new priest-in-charge can choose a speedy way to travel between them - his 170mph motorbike.

Rev Nigel Tuffnell was on Tuesday licensed to take responsibility of Scole, Billingford, Thorpe Abbotts, Brockdish, Needham, and Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell, by the Rt Rev Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, in the church of St John’s, Harleston.

Rev Tuffnell, 47, is new to the area, having previously worked in Lowestoft and takes over the newly formed group of parishes.

And although he said his challenge is to have a presence in all the churches as often as possible, he has at least got his speedy Honda CBR 1000 sports motorcycle to make the trip between them along the A143 a little quicker - within the laws of the road of course.

Rev Tuffnell said: “I ride a motorbike because it is a way of getting about that turns even the travelling into a joy, at least when it’s warm and dry.”

He added: “This was a role that felt right and I felt called to it.

“I liked the way people here work together and seem to want the best for their churches and I felt I could work with them.”

Rev Tuffnell will live at The Rectory in Harleston with wife Vivienne, a writer and daughter Elinor, who is studying for her MA.

He cites interests including faith, science, art, music, food and drink - anything, he said, “which can give meaning to life”.