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UK briefs

23 August 2013

Heritage Lottery Fund

Helping hand: St Charles Borromeo, an RC church in Hull, has received £296,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards urgent repairs. The HLF has handed out a total of £12 million to 96 historic places of worship

Helping hand: St Charles Borromeo, an RC church in Hull, has received £296,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards urgent repairs. The HLF has ha...

Non-violent direct action urged against arms fair

SIX Christian groups issued a joint statement on Wednesday encouraging Christians to take part in "non-violent direct action" to disrupt an arms fair scheduled to take place at the Excel Centre in London from 10 to 13 September. The groups, who include Ekklesia and Christianity Uncut, say that non-violent direct action would be a "moral response to the evil of the arms trade". 

Bishop asks women priests to attend PEV's consecration

THE Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, has encouraged female clergy in his diocese to attend the consecrations of the next Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Ven. Martyn Snow, and the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Canon Jonathan Goodall ( News, 9 August), at the same service next month in Westminster Abbey. Writing to clergy earlier this month, Bishop Perham said that "quite a large gathering of traditionalist male clergy" would be in attendance. "It does seem to me all the more important that women clergy in the diocese of Gloucester, in their most gracious mood, will be in the Abbey in greater numbers to ensure a degree of gender balance!"

Memorial to murdered boy

A MEMORIAL to the murdered four-year-old Daniel Pelka has been constructed in the ruins of the old cathderal at Coventry. The Dean of Coventry, the Very Revd John Witcombe, said that the ruins were the "ideal place" to remember Daniel. "They are a place for recognising the brokenness of the world and a place to gather to commit ourselves to God and one another for a better future for all." Daniel was beaten and starved by his mother and stepfather before his death last year.

Hemel Hempstead finds a champion

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, voted the country's ugliest town in an online poll run by the compilers of the Crap Towns books, has been defended by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith. "It's clear to me the people who voted don't really know the communities who live in Hemel Hempstead," he told The Gazette. "Its true beauty lies in the people, especially those who work with the churches, charities and voluntary bodies which make such a difference."

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