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Under the wings

Under the wings

Durham: Revd Dick Bradshaw tells me, it was a relatively mild night when he and others from his parish of Monkwearmouth did the sponsored sleepout in aid of Centrepoint's purpose-built new hostel in Sunderland

Lost sheep

Lost sheep

West Yorkshire & the Dales: TWELVE sheep have managed to lose themselves somewhere in the shops of Wakefield. Children are being asked to help find them, and bring them back to the cathedral in time for Christmas. 

Hidden care

Hidden care

Swansea & Brecon:  IT WAS Carers' Rights Day on 28 November, although the Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies (above, with the Little Gems playgroup, Brecon) must have been one of the few people who noticed

Baking better

Baking better

London:  TRUST the Brownies to do a good turn. The 25th Fulham (All Saints) Brownies were able to present Freya Samuelson, from Great Ormond Street Hospital, with £557 they had raised themselves by baking cup cakes in support of the hospital's "Bake it Better" appeal

Buying a bus

Buying a bus

York: GOD called her to buy a bus; so that is what Emily Finch, aged 23, spent her savings on this year. She had just completed a degree in Christian Youth Work at St John's College, Nottingham, when she moved to York

High-street calendar

High-street calendar

West Yorkshire & the Dales:  LAST Easter, they had a sheep trail in the shop windows of Town Street, Farsley. This December, even more shops are involved, and St John's has organised a shop window Advent calendar

Blue plaque for Black Santa

Blue plaque for Black Santa

Down & Dromore and Connor:  TODAY, the Very Revd John Mann, the present Dean of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, will take his place on the steps of the cathedral at the start of the 38th annual sit-out as Black Santa, to collect funds for local charities

Stirring stuff

Stirring stuff

Diocese in Europe: A WEEK before Stir-up Sunday, these two volunteers were up to their elbows making 60 Christmas cakes for St Ursula's Christmas bazaar. The list of ingredients included 106 eggs and 27 oranges

And the mo-women came too

And the mo-women came too

York: The Rector and Curate of St Wilfrid's, Brayton, decided to grow moustaches during November, taking part in the challenge now globally known as Movember, which raises awareness and funds for men's health charities

Here comes the train

Here comes the train

Derby: In Derby Cathedral a miniature-railway track was laid in the aisle, and, as the service began, the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, the Mayor of the City of Derby, and the Secretary of State all travelled on the miniature train up the aisle. 

Marking the truce

Marking the truce

Portsmouth: DID they, or did they not play football in no man's land on Christmas Day? It is a wonderful story of humanity between British and German troops on the first Christmas Day of the First World War, although doubt is cast on its authenticity

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