Defrocked Vicar Had Been School Governor

By Nick Spoors
Northampton Chronicle

November 13, 2008

Parishioners in Northamptonshire have been coming to terms with news that a former county vicar has been banned from the clergy for the next 12 years.

The Chronicle & Echo reported yesterday that, in evidence given to a Church of England disciplinary tribunal, it was revealed the former Rev Teresa Davies had turned up drunk to services at the Holy Cross Church in Daventry and told colleagues she was a swinger.

Yesterday it emerged that Mrs Davies, who is now believed to be training as a teacher outside the county, had been a member of Welton Church of England School's governing body since her inception as vicar of St Martin's Church, in Welton, but had been suspended from being a governor by the Church of England in May 2007.

A school spokesperson explained: "She stopped attending governors' meetings when the Church of England notified us of their investigations into her professional conduct.

"She has since played no further part on either the governing body or in the life of the school and is no longer a governor of the school."

The national press were also quick to cover the story of how Mrs Davies, formerly a team vicar in the Daventry Ministry, was given one of the most serious penalties available to the tribunal.

The hearing heard accounts of how the former priest confessed to going on holidays with her husband in an area of the south of France "renowned for the casual exchange of sexual partners".

Two colleagues claimed that after a Christmas lunch on December 18, 2006, she said the couple had sought sexual gratification with other people and felt no guilt as both were willing partners.

The investigation centred on her "scandalous" sex life and that she was said to be drunk at four separate services in late 2006.

The tribunal said Mrs Davies' behaviour was "unbecoming or inappropriate on both counts".


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