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Bright idea

Bright idea

Hereford: Children at the church primary school designed and painted the panels of a temporary window at the parish church in Little Dewchurch

From jungle to haven of peace

From jungle to haven of peace

Llandaff:  SIX years ago, an area of wasteland next to St Peter's, the town-centre church in Fairwater, was nothing but a jungle of briars and brambles. Now it is a community garden, attractive enough to open as part of the National Garden Scheme.

Golden celebrations

Golden celebrations

Salisbury: MORE than 20 clergy, all former students of St Boniface College, gathered in Warminster with their wives and families to celebrate the golden jubilee of their priesthood

Father follows son

Father follows son

Lichfield: BOTH he and his father explored ordination at about the same time, the Revd Tommy Merry says. Still in his twenties, he was young enough for three years' training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, for a full-time post. He has spent the past year as an assistant curate in the Hanley Team in Stoke

Children’s delight

Children’s delight

Durham:  WOULDN'T you have loved to be able to throw wet sponges at some of your teachers? That is what the children at Neville's Cross Primary School, were able to do, and all in a good cause. They were raising funds for the Toilet Twinning scheme, which twins lavatories in the UK and in the developing world.

Gates made good

Gates made good

Carlisle: A FALLING tree smashed the gates and a stone plinth outside St Peter's, Askham. The damage had been caused by a diseased tree, a churchwarden, Rena White, says. The whole gate was destroyed, together with its stone pillar, and only the original hinges survived.

Bus load of books

Bus load of books

Leicester: WHEN Sharen Ravat, who has set up a multifaith charity in Leicester to help Syrian refugees, launched an appeal for children's books, the response was a bus load. 

We are sailing

We are sailing

Truro: IT DOES sound a very attractive form of fund-raising: the congregation and friends of St Michael's, Penwerris, one of the more deprived parishes in Falmouth, in Truro diocese, have an annual evening trip on the party boat MV Princessa around the estuaries, rivers, and headlands of south Cornwall.

Guns into sculptures

Guns into sculptures

London: THE longest-serving bishop still in office in the Anglican Communion, the Rt Revd Dinis Sengulane, who retired earlier this year, came to the UK to celebrate his 38 years of episcopal ministry in Mozambique

Chipping and carving

Chipping and carving

Birmingham: IF YOU fancy trying your hand at a little stone-carving, the place to go this summer is Polesworth Abbey. From Wednesday to Saturday each week, a stone-carver, Mark Thompson, will be working on carving an angel for the abbey, and is offering tools and stone for grown-ups and young adults to try their hand.

Dressing without the wells

Dressing without the wells

Chester: IT IS an art form special to Derbyshire, even though the "well dressings" are not often connected to the wells that were once so important a part of the local community. This one, with a theme commemorating the start of the First World War, is in the small village of Mellor, which is actually in Chester diocese.

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