News in Brief

02 November 2006

Organ lost
 fire damage at St Peter's, Cranbourne, near Windsor, after an arson attack last Saturday. The fire destroyed the Henry Willis organ, which was one of the first organs with a pedal keyboard. Police had already been called to the area after a noticeboard and a car had been damaged. Five youths have been arrested and bailed to appear in February. Ecclesiastical Insurance expects to receive a claim of £1 million.

Prostitution strategy backed by faith alliance
THE National Christian Alliance on Prostitution, a network of 40 projects such as Kairos in Coventry and the Magdalene group in Norwich, has welcomed the Government's "co-ordinated prostitution strategy", announced this week. It backed the dropping of "tolerance" zones, but warned that zero tolerance could drive women away from support services.

Lottery Fund backs ancient skills
TRADITIONAL skills for church restoration - such as lime-plastering - received a boost of nearly £7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund in training bursaries announced on Wednesday. Since fewer than 40,000 craftspeople are now properly qualified in the UK, the fund is supporting apprenticeships in skills such as reed-cutting and paper conservation.

Bath & Wells declares Synod results
THE delayed General Synod results for the House of Laity in Bath & Wells diocese have been announced: Edward Armistead, Tim Hind, Peter LeRoy, Diana Taylor, and Fay Wilson-Rudd will be returning to the new Synod. Richard Moon of Chilcompton, near Radstock, was elected for the first time. Last year's vote was declared null and void after one candidate distributed election literature in an official deanery mailing.

Correction. Canon Dr Richard Marsh has resigned as Canon Librarian and Director of Canterbury Cathedral's education centre. He was not Precentor, as reported last week. We apologise for the error.

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