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17 November 2010

THE funeral of Lady Sheppard, widow of the Rt Revd Lord Sheppard of Liverpool, is to take place at St Bridget’s, West Kirby, where she worshipped, next Wednesday, at 2 p.m. Lady Sheppard, who wrote her last book about her experience of living with cancer, died on Thursday of last week, aged 75. The Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, and the Bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, said in a joint statement that Lady Sheppard “radiated trust and love”. A memorial service will be held in Liverpool Cathedral next spring. Obituary to follow.

J&M mourns founding partner

JOYCE DAVISON, a founding partner (the “J”) of J&M Sewing Service, the Newcastle-based makers of clerical robes, died on Monday of last week, aged 71. She had a form of leukaemia. The funeral has been held.

British Quakers dispose of BP shares

THE national group of British Quakers, Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), has sold its shares in BP. Ron Barden, a member of BYM’s Finance and Property Committee told The Friend: “BYM has instructed our discretionary fund managers to dispose of our shareholding in BP.”

Government urged: honour child-detention pledge

Government urged: honour child-detention pledge

THE Bishop of Lincoln, Dr John Saxbee, and the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, were among a group of peers who signed a letter to the Government last Friday calling on it “to fulfil the promise that it made to end the detention of children without further delay”.

Church in Wales backs Samaritans’ plan to cut suicides

THE Archdeacon of Morgannwg, the Ven. Christopher Smith, is backing a new programme, launched by the Samaritans last week, to help reduce the number of suicides in Wales, where there are about 300 each year.

More sham-marriage convictions

THE Thurrock Gazette reported on Monday that Roqsilmar Marti and Gafar Makanjuola, 32, formerly of Sycamore Close, Tilbury, who were arrested during a marriage service at St John the Baptist’s, Tilbury, on 25 August, admitted to conspiring to break UK immigration laws. The couple, who appeared at Basildon Crown Court, were remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date. Larisa Kuznecova, 28, of Anglesea Terrace, St Leonards-on-Sea, pleaded guilty last week at Lewes Crown Court to supply­ing false details for a marriage register in connection with sham marriages at St Peter and St Paul, St Leonards-on-Sea (News, 6 August).

Armed forces will be hit sharply by cuts, says bishop

THE Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, said, during a House of Lords debate last week, that budget cuts would have a “sharp” impact on the armed forces, and advised the Government not to confuse matters by its choice of vocabulary. In a maiden speech, the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, spoke about the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Cartoonist wins award

DAVE GASKILL, a contribu­ting cartoonist for the Church Times, has won an award from the Australian Cartoonists’ Association for his comic book Moll Perkins in America.

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