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Noddy in Town
 Fiona, left, and Caroline and Christina MacIntosh, right, flank Noddy at the London Bridges Walk in aid of the Children’s Society, on Saturday. Photo Michael Melia

 ‘More than 500’ gay couples blessed
THE Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), said this week that it was a conservative estimate that more than 500 gay couples had had blessing ceremonies over the past year. A spokesman for the LGCM said that about 300 of these couples were from the Anglican tradition, and half of that number had services in Anglican churches. A spokesman for the Church of England said on Tuesday that clergy were free “to pray for anyone in a private and pastoral situation”. There is no authorised liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships.

New Principal for Evangelical college
THE NEW PRINCIPAL of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, is to be the Revd Dr Richard Turnbull, Vicar of Christ Church, Chineham, Basingstoke, in Winchester diocese. Dr Turnbull is a member of the Archbishops’ Council, and chairman of the General Synod’s Business Committee.

St Paul’s Cathedral wins £1.8m grant
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL received a grant of £1.8 million from the Corporation of London and Bridge House Trust last week, to improve its accessibility and education facilities. The grant is part of the Cathedral’s 300th-anniversary campaign.

Christian charity’s funds frozen
GILBERT DEYA MINISTRIES’ funds have been frozen by the Charity Commission, which says that it has had no choice but to begin a formal inquiry into allegations that the charity has been involved in international baby trafficking (News, 3 September). The charity has churches in south London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Bishop to lead youth organisation
THE BISHOP OF BIRMINGHAM, Dr John Sentamu, is to take over as president of Youth for Christ at an event in Kidderminster on 9 October to publicise the charity’s work. He succeeds the Rt Revd Gavin Reid.

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Where the track leads from Rio

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A Broadway guide to the narrow way

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Sun 28 Aug 16 @ 20:00
Newly released archive material reveals the origins of Thomas Barnardo’s foster-care scheme. Pat Ashworth reports https://t.co/HLJjNv1X3z

Sun 28 Aug 16 @ 18:54
China’s ban on crosses is extended to hospitals https://t.co/iNqlz4v6Uy