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UK news in brief

29 June 2012

New dean for Truro

THE Archdeacon of Cornwall, the Ven. Roger Bush (above), has been appointed Dean of Truro. He will be installed at Truro Cathedral on 22 September. Archdeacon Bush has lived and worked in Cornwall for 18 years as a parish priest and a residentiary canon of the cathedral. Before this, he served in Chesterfield and Leicester. The previous Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Christopher Hardwick, stepped down from the post in April 2010 after taking a break because of marital difficulties (News, 7 May).

A new name for USPG

THE 311-year-old Anglican mission and development agency USPG is to change its name to United Society and hopes to be known as Us, after an official launch event in November. Canon Linda Ali, who chairs USPG's trustees, said that the existing name "worked well in its day", but suggested that words such as "propagation" - the charity started life as the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts - were "simply outdated in the 21st century".

Married couple targeted by internet 'trolls'

A YOUNG, newly married couple, who were photographed delivering the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) petition to Downing Street (News, 15 June), have received abusive messages on social-media sites. Rhys and Esther Curnow, who married in March, have received more than 100 "hate messages" to their personal Facebook accounts,C4M has reported, including threats of violence. The couple have made a complaint to the police under the Malicious Communications Act. The petition, which opposes the redefinition of marriage, has been signed by more than 580,000 people.

More in the Birthday Honours list

THE former chief executive of the Children's Society, Bob Reitemeier, has been awarded the CBE for service to children. Mr Reitemeier, who held the post from 2002-2011, is now Chief Executive of the Essex Community Foundation. Also honoured, with an MBE, was David Loftus, a lay chaplain, for services to the Royal Military School of Music.

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