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Swimming for bells

Swimming for bells

London: Ever since he had heard about it, the Vicar of St Stephen's, Rochester Row, Westminster, the Revd Graham Buckle, had been wanting to take part in the annual 10k swim down the River Dart in Devon

Barnaby’s coffee

Barnaby’s coffee

Portsmouth:  EARLIER this month, the village of Swanmore acquired its own modern coffee shop - in the church hall - and some properly trained baristas, including the Vicar of St Barnabas's,  the Revd Claire Towns

Welcome tolerance

Welcome tolerance

Europe: A HEART-WARMING festival of religions was recently held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, when tents were erected in the square beside the central mosque, and Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Armenians, Anglicans, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims all came together to display their books and ritual objects and enjoy lively conversations

Ten positive years

Ten positive years

Chichester:  THE Point Church, Burgess Hill, began as a church-plant ten years ago. It was one of the first Fresh Expressions, and started with a few people meeting in the living room of the Priest-in-Charge of the Mid-Sussex Network, the Revd Will Kemp, and his wife, Caroline

Young bankers

Young bankers

Canterbury: Murston Community Bank, which is in partnership with the Kent Savers Credit Union, has opened a branch in Murston Junior School, Sittingbourne. On 1 October, the whole school gathered to celebrate its official opening by the Bishop of Dover

Safe on the farm

Safe on the farm

Down & Dromore:  "Farm safety", as far as I know, is not on the primary-school curriculum for schoolchildren in England, but it has been suggested for children in Ireland by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association

Dr Dee and daughter

Dr Dee and daughter

Manchester: Until I hear the performance of the Alchemist's Daughter in the Chapter House of Manchester Cathedral, I had never known of the association of Dr John Dee, the mathematician, astrologer, alchemist, and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I, with the city of Manchester

Prayers in the air

Prayers in the air

Llandaff: PRAYERS from many different churches in the Llandaff diocese were sent soaring into the air on Open Churches Day. It was all part of the Welsh "Open Doors" programme, when all heritage sites are open, and free to visitors

Breakfast in the sun

Breakfast in the sun

Europe: AS AUTUMN closes in, the Spanish sunshine of the Costa Blanca looks most enticing, although the weather has been stormy recently. In a warm and sunny break, nearly 100 diners were served a full cooked breakfast in the garden of Andrew and Kathy Johnson, in the coastal town of Calpe

Room for eternity

Room for eternity

Carlisle: A NINTH-century cross stands in the churchyard of St Paul's, Irton, in Carlisle diocese, showing that there has been a Christian presence in Irton for more than 1000 years. No wonder the original churchyard and its "new" extension have become fully occupied by past parishioners, and more cemetery space is needed

Good choices

Good choices

Southwell & Nottingham: FOR 16 years, Darren Mangold, a member of the congregation at St Mary's, Westwood, has been working for HM Prison Service as an instructional officer. To raise more money for the Message Trust, he is now about to go and climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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Virginia Woolf: Art, life and vision

National Portrait Gallery Until October 26 This is a fascinating exhibition about the life and work of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), hailing her as 'one of the greatest writers of the twentie...  Read More

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Counting the cost

Counting the cost

Huw Spanner hears tips for people who are interested in banking, investing, and saving more ethically, but who are unsure where to start  Subscribe to read more

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Looking for new funds? Pass the ice-bucket

As charities seek to attract a new generation of donors, they are having to find more targeted methods, reports Nick Jowett  Subscribe to read more

Wed 22 Oct 14 @ 12:05
The Archbishop of York says he is "deeply ashamed" by failure of CofE to protect children https://t.co/4WdTZW1JV3

Wed 22 Oct 14 @ 12:04
An inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by a former Dean of Manchester has identified "systemic failings" in CofE http://t.co/VuuJ5MG75s