23 NOVEMBER 1991, Page 32

Key point

Sir: I much enjoy reading P.D. James (Diary, 16 November), but I think she is too alarmist about locked churches. After buy- ing the new model Crockford, and equip- ping myself with diocesan handbooks, I have found that the most obvious way to get the church key is the most effective. When there is a shop and/or a post office they will tell you who keeps the key. I have not found how to cope in town churches, but sometimes the vicar will let you have the key, or walk out with you.

J.W.E. Dunn

54 The Hill Avenue, Worcester