Comments: Church of England annual statistics for 2011

Obviously, there are many reasons for this. In the case of Durham, one important reason is the poor quality of our last two bishops. The sheer cynicism of their performance takes one breath away.

Posted by John at Tuesday, 7 May 2013 at 12:01pm BST

Goodness, there seems to be a fair bit of hand-waving going on at that Norwich Cathedral service. Is that normal? For Norfolk? Or perhaps the Dean just offered to take questions from the floor? Maybe he's leading them in a stirring rendition of "Everybody in the House Say EEEEYOOO!"

It's Norwich. Literally nothing would surprise me.

Posted by rjb at Tuesday, 7 May 2013 at 1:01pm BST

The longer trends are still very worrying, and sooner or later we're going to have to stop issuing upbeat press releases and face facts.

Posted by David Keen at Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 8:41am BST

Do keep us posted, David, if you get any clarification on that inconsistency in the 2010 figures.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 12:25pm BST

Will do, emailed last night and nothing back yet.

In case people are wondering, the 2010 figures used yesterday are 22k lower than those originally published last year. Had the original set of 2010 figures been used, we would have been looking at a decline of 2.2% in average weekly attendance. So I'm trying to work out what's happened there.

Posted by David Keen at Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 12:57pm BST

One is tempted to ask whether there is a deliberate policy of revising the previous year's figures downwards so as to soften the impact of the decline.

Will the 2012 figures be revised down in 2014?

Is this revision of figures a regular feature?

I am only asking. My suspicions may be completely wrong.

Posted by Paul Waddington at Thursday, 9 May 2013 at 4:15pm BST
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