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UK briefs

09 August 2013


Archbishop sends Eid greeting

THE Archbishop of Canterbury sent his greetings to Muslim communities yesterday for the festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. He spoke of the need for Christians and Muslims to commit themselves to drawing on "God's strength for the hard but also joyful work of building deep, long-term relationships with one another". 

New chair of Business Committee

MEMBERS of the General Synod have elected the Team Rector in the Dorchester Team Ministry in Oxford diocese, Canon Sue Booys, to chair the Business Committee. In the first round of voting by Single Transferable Vote, she secured two more votes than Gerald O'Brien, the only lay member among the five candidates. 

Perrie Award goes to former chaplain

THE Ven. William Noblett, who retired as Chaplain General of Prisons last year, was presented with the Perrie Award for his "outstanding contribution" to criminal justice last week. The Muslim adviser to the National Offender Management Service, Ahtsham Ali, paid tribute to Archdeacon Noblett for his inspiration and innovation. The Award is named after Bill Perrie, who was a prison governor for 32 years.

Correction. The headline "Scientology request is refused" ( News, 2 August) should have read "Scientology request is heard". The decision of the Supreme Court is not expected until October.

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