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UK news in brief

07 December 2012


Druidic venue: Stonehenge 

Druidic venue: Stonehenge 

Druids turned down by Inter Faith Network

THE chairman of the Druid Network said this week that an application to join the Inter Faith Network (IFN) in the UK had not been accepted. Phil Ryder told  The Times, on Saturday, that he had applied to join in April, and been invited to take part in a review of the IFN's membership policy. The director of the IFN, Dr Harriet Crabtree, told  The Times: "It is important for charities to develop fully and to take account of all the factors which can affect their ability to take forward their charitable aims appropriately and effectively."

Christian B&B owner to appeal

A CHRISTIAN B&B owner who was ordered to pay £3600 damages for refusing to allow a gay couple access to a double room is to appeal (News, 19 October). A judge ruled in October that the owner, Susanne Wilkinson, had breached equality legislation by refusing to let a double room to Michael Black and John Morgan. Mrs Wilkinson said that she believed that "a person should be free to act upon their sincere beliefs about marriage under their own roof without living in fear of the law."

Judge's marriage work 'not incompatible'

THE Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) has concluded that the work of Sir Paul Coleridge, a High Court judge ( Interview, 20 July), in promoting marriage does not conflict with his responsibilities as a judge. A spokesperson for the OJC said that it did "not consider Mr Justice Coleridge's involvement with the Marriage Foundation [News, 4 May] to be incompatible with his judicial responsibilities and therefore does not amount to judicial misconduct".

Grieving man sectioned after attack on parishioners

A COURT heard this week of how a man grieving after the death of his wife attacked parishioners in the church hall of St Barnabas's, St Paul's Cray, near Orpington, with a meat cleaver and a lock knife, in July (News, 10 August). The attack was foiled by the intervention of Steven Izegbu, who had become a British citizen only hours earlier. A judge decided to section Malcolm Holland, aged 56, of Barnfield Road, St Paul's Cray, under the Mental Health Act, instead of sending him to prison.

Correction: the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, in Llandaff, is jointly sponsored by St Michael's Theological College (of which it is part), and Cardiff University, not the University of Wales, as we said last month (Real Life, 23 November).


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