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
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.