Take a rest, says cleric

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The Archdeacon of Doncaster, Bob Fitzharris, has spoken of the value of taking time out from frenetic lifestyles and of the increasing importance of retreats, meditation and quiet days.

Archdeacon Fitzharris, made his comments before setting off on a five day retreat to the Scottish Island of Iona with a group of people from South Yorkshire.

He said: “I don’t know about anyone else but I have a frenetic life, I run from pillar to post, I have a hundred emails in my inbox, I’ve got a dozen phone calls, everybody wants to see me, I have meetings here there and everywhere.

“Now, I’m a human being and not a machine. If I didn’t take time out each year, take time out to slow down, to stand, to stop and to reflect I think I’d be like a city banker that had burnt out.”