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‘Trust me, I’m a vicar’, says clergyman as he is refused entry to an Ipswich bar for wearing sandals

PUBLISHED: 11:35 08 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 08 April 2015

Revd. Andrew Dotchin who was refused entry to The Wine Bar because he was wearing sandals.

Revd. Andrew Dotchin who was refused entry to The Wine Bar because he was wearing sandals.

An Ipswich vicar’s mission to celebrate the end of Lent with a night out in town hit a brick wall when a doorman turned him away over health and safety fears.

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Reverend Andrew Dotchin, the vicar for Whitton Parish Church, was refused entry to The Wine Bar, in Tacket Street, because he was wearing sandals.

“I was gobsmacked,” the renowned reverend said. “I think the man on the door was having a rough night.”

“He said it was on health and safety grounds because their drinks are in glass bottles, and one could break and hurt my toe.”

The clergyman tried to explain that he was prepared to take the risk, but the doorman was not budging.

“I said ‘trust me I am a vicar’ and I was wearing the dog collar,” he said. “It’s their loss, I wasn’t going to go in and tell everyone to go to hell or anything.”

Rev Dotchin refused to be put off, and instead spent the evening at Revolution in the Old Cattle Market.

The avid sandal wearer revealed it is not the first time it has happened.

“I am infamous for only ever wearing sandals because I find socks devilish,” he said. “It’s a bit of a giggle really and occasionally it happens. In golf clubs I don’t get served in sandals but women do. It’s silly really.”

The reverend shared his experience on his Facebook page over the bank holiday weekend, describing the incident as “hilarious” and his parishioners instantly came out in support with dozens commenting and liking his post.

Following the incident, the Wine Bar has backed its decision to decline entry on the basis of the safety risk posed by open shoes.

Manager Luke Parkerson, said: “Unfortunately it’s because we are a glass-led venue, a lot of venues in Ipswich use glass substitutes now.

“All it would take is someone to drop a glass on an exposed foot, that was our concern. It has happened once before and I am very aware of it, and don’t want anyone to have it again.

“My door team dealt with it and it’s just a shame I wasn’t able to have a word with the gentleman personally.”

The reverend has vowed to return to the venue and said: “I have been in [The Wine Bar] before and it’s a lovely place. I will go back again and hopefully they will let me in.

“It’s very tight on numbers and it can get really busy, so I imagine the door staff are more closed off, but they are just doing their job.”

26 comments

  • At that time don't think pubs was there even sandals as well lol

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    darren porter

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • Let us say that a glass was accidentally dropped on the vicar's foot. It is very unlikely that the glass would break and cause damage, as its fall would be cushioned by by his foot. Another scenario could be that the floor is covered in broken glass from people dropping their glasses all over the place. At which point I think the vicar would decide that the pub was not for him and go and take a drink somewhere else. How about going in drag the next time? Women in sandals and open-toed shoes do not suffer this sort of sexual and religious discrimination. I like this vicar and wish him well. We should remember that Jesus wore sandals (probably) and went into markets (the pubs of the day).

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • For Wad read read!! Proof read Richie, proof read.

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    richie w

    Friday, April 10, 2015

  • This type of story is fine by me. It's a local story featured in a local paper. Why folks have to start a personal attack on this man is beyond me. I don't wad nationals, but I bet this would be right up their street. Maybe soon we will be seeing the reverend in the national news, or better still the quirky feature on the news at 10! I have the utmost respect for this man, he was denied entry, but instead of doing what a lot tend to do these days which is kick up a pointless fuss, he rose above it and carried on with his evening. If only the World were full of people like him, what a joyous place it would be.

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    richie w

    Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Anywhere that serves beer in a plastic glass, is a sign that you should avoid it like the plague. Tells you a lot about the place, no coincidence that Issacs, Vodka Revs and Liquid all have plastic glasses.

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, April 10, 2015

  • And all the time u spend at the MAN ON THE MOON palmcroft rd best community bub in Ipswich great food great beer gr8 clientele and they have glasses and they get really busy have you been turned away

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    darren porter

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • Not exactly newsworthy. Vodka Revolution with their plastic glasses..never a good thing. A bar with glass much better.The Rev always wears sandals without socks ...even conducting weddings and christenings not sure about funerals Why? Is it a religious point or just a quirk of his?

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    Alex Prowse

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • security was totally right, health and safety first and fore most, the vicar, bless his soul probably does think this is quite funny making it public, but spare a thought for the staff who thought they were doing the right thing

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    Helen King

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • Question: "How do we know that Jesus was not English?" Answer: "Have you ever seen a picture of Jesus which shows him wearing socks with his sandals?"

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • the doorman was only doing his job tbf - not sure why the Vicar felt he had to air his grievances via the newspaper

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    andy allen

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • World Exclusive! Man is turned away from venue he feels indifferently towards and so visits another venue instead where he has a pleasant evening!

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    Tamara Knight

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • The Vicar said at the end: The reverend has vowed to return to the venue and said: “I have been in [The Wine Bar] before and it’s a lovely place. I will go back again and hopefully they will let me in.

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    Neil Nield

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • This is ridiculous. Women go to bars and nightclubs in sandals and open toed shoes all the time. Why should it be any different for men?

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    Pepperpotty

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • I wouldn't want to go into anywhere that described itself as 'a glass-led venue'!

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    Rod Cross

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • Dear Revd. Andrew Dotchin; All the things you could've have got in to the local paper with you decide to go with this story. Surely you have more pressing issues to report than not being let in to a bar! Shame on you!?

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    Mr DJ

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • I too trust they will be making sure all the ladies have closed toe shoes too.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • @chris ward - did you not read the story!! the victor quotes himself that "he finds socks devilish", which im guessing states he was only wearing sandals and NO socks. Also if anyone has been in the Wine Bar it can be very tight on a busy nightevening so i believe the doormen were correct not to let him in, there is also the possibility of a woman standing on your foot in heels and that painful enough with shoes and socks on.

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    IpswichLad

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • What a load of cobblers! A jobsworth doorman making a judgement on someones age and dress rather than H&S issues methinks. And as for the manager backing up such a ridiculous decision . . . Yeeah Right! I can really see them turning away all those female customers wearing sandals and open toed shoes during the summer months, the place would be empty. Massive double standards!

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    Zob

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • It amaze me the number of people who have left negative comments on the basis of the gentleman's religion! His beliefs were not relevant to the story; only his feet!

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    G Rumpy

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • All very well as long as all the women customers have to wear steel toecapped shoes or Wellington boots - yeah right. Double standards.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • I congratulate the management team on this decision - they can refuse right of entry as long as it wasn't on grounds of race, sexuality or disability. Maybe it was a decision made on grounds of dress code - no-one wants to see a man wearing sandals with socks anyway as it's not exactly the hight of fashion...or is it in Ipswich?... How very Christian of a vicar to inform the local newspaper of this and so giving bad publicity to a local business that operates within a very difficult climate...oh well, I'm now off to turn some wine into water...wearing my sandals WITHOUT socks!!!

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    Chris Ward

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  • Hey my friend beerlover - as too your comments - Godbotherer, yep! Ass, probably... Typical, not a chance :) when we gonna go for a pint together?

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    andrew dotchin

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  • Hi fella - typical? Probably not - I was happy to move on and enjoyed the rest of the evening. Hope to share Ali t with you sometime soon - cheers!

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    andrew dotchin

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  • Typical christian - "I'm a god botherer so I should get special treatment". What an ass.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  • I assume you'll never see any women in there with open toed shoes, just like any other venue which sells drinks in glasses.

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    Adrian Day

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  • Sounds like faulty towers, using glass substitute at the venue. Health and safety includes common sense, which seems to be lacking here. If they have an issue then I'm sure the vicar would have signed a disclaimer to absolve them.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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