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UK news in brief

13 June 2014


Floral notes: part of a display recreating Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in the nave of Chichester Cathedral, at the end of last month. The display included the "dream­coat" worn by the actor and singer Jason Donovan, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's early 1990s' West End produc­tion. The cathedral's 2014 flower festival took the theme "The Music Makers", to interpret 12 centuries of music, "from pop to plainsong, classics to jazz, sacred to secular" (See slideshow for additional pictures)

Floral notes: part of a display recreating Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in the nave of Chichester Cathedral, at the end of last mon...

New Dean of Brecon appointed

THE next Dean of Brecon will be Canon Paul Shackerley, who is currently Vicar of Doncaster Minster. He was brought up in Tredegar, south Wales, but has so far worked only in the Church of England. He was a Church Army officer for eight years, before being ordained and serving in London and Chelmsford, and at Sheffield Cathedral. He will be installed on 13 September.

Bishop of Bradwell tweets about his cancer

THE Bishop of Bradwell, the Rt Revd John Wraw, has been diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, he said on Twitter on Saturday. The Bishop tweeted that it was "treatable through radio[therapy] & chemotherapy". He wrote: "Strange emotional roller coaster but really value support and prayers of friends and colleagues. Feel very much at peace about this all."

Kitemark for night shelters launched

NIGHT SHELTERS will now be able to apply for a quality mark, developed by Housing Justice. Launched yesterday, the mark will be awarded to those shelters that meet standards of good practice developed by the charity, including training for volunteers and operating safely. The launch is part of the Housing Justice roadshow, which is currently travelling the country.

Protesters arrested at Burghfield nuclear site

TWO anti-nuclear protesters were arrested at the Atomic Weapon Establishment (AWE) in Burghfield, Berkshire, on Monday. Demonstrators locked themselves to cars and to each other to prevent vehicles' entering the site. In total, 29 campaigners attended. The oldest was 82.

Retired vicar jailed for indecent assault

A RETIRED priest was sentenced to four years in prison last Fridayafter being found guilty of the indecent assault of four girls aged between ten and 15. Brian Spence, aged 74, was Vicar of Crowthorne, in the diocese of Oxford, when he committed the offences between 1994 and 1998.



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