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15 November 2013


Establishment: Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court 

Establishment: Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court 

Complaints at BBC religion department

COMPLAINTS about lack of respect, an inappropriate management style, and bullying behaviour have prompted the media and entertainment union BECTU to launch an independent survey of staff at the BBC's Religion and Ethics department in MediaCityUK in Salford. The findings will be presented to the management later this month. The department scored below average in several areas of the 2013 BBC North Survey.  

'Mentor bishop' for Yorkshire

A FORMER Bishop of Southwark, Dr Tom Butler, has been appointed by the Archbishop of York as a "mentor bishop" to give advice to John Tuckett, who is directing the creation of the new diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales (News, 8 November). Dr Butler retired in 2010, and lives in Wakefield. Bradford diocesan synod has given its consent for him to become Acting Diocesan Bishop during Bishop Baines's sabbatical, from February to April, when the new diocese comes into being.

Llandaff choirmaster opposes cuts

PLANS to cut the choir at Llandaff Cathedral (News, 8 November) have been criticised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). Richard Moorhouse, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Llandaff, an ISM member, said: "The contribution the professional choir makes to Cardiff is immense. I pray that our discussions with Chapter will lead to an outcome that will allow Llandaff to maintain its reputation for choral music of the highest quality. . . All options should be considered to help protect this excellent work." Letters

Final Bible-tweet complete

THE director of worship at King's Church, Durham City, Chris Juby, has completed a three-year task to tweet the Bible, one chapter a day (News, 1 March), writes Paul Wilkinson. He sent his final message last Friday with his précis of Revelation 22: "The river of life flows from the throne of God. 'Behold I am coming soon. I am the beginning and the end'. Amen. Come Lord Jesus!" He started condensing the Bible into tweets, which have a maximum of 140 characters, in August 2010. 

Cathedral-climbers chastised

A POLICE helicopter and two fire crews had to rescue four Durham University students after a late-night climbing escapade went wrong, and they became stranded on the roof of Durham Cathedral's deanery, writes Paul Wilkinson. The Dean, the Very Revd Michael Sadgrove, said that he was concerned that the cathedral had been treated with disrespect: "What most worries me is the reckless disregard the students had, not only for their own lives, but for others', in particular colleagues here at the cathedral, and members of the emergency-response team." 

Church-magazine award seeks entries

THE Association for Church Editors has launched its Magazine Awards for 2014. The awards focus on a different type of magazine each year, and this year it is for A5 magazines that include colour printing, are produced not fewer than four times a year, and which have a print run of not fewer than 50 copies. The closing date for entries is 7 February 2014. Entries should be sent to: John Farrow, Hamilton House, East Common, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1DA. Email questions to john.farrow@rushcliff.com

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