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UK news in brief

14 November 2014


Top of the pops: the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has praised the singer Lily Allen for raising awareness of misogyny in British life. Writing in the Western Daily Press, Bishop Snow said that his daughter was turning 13, and noted how Ms Allen's songs highlighted the double standards and inequality that his daughter would face, growing up

Top of the pops: the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has praised the singer Lily Allen for raising awareness of misogyny in British l...

Retirement service halted owing to investigation

A SERVICE to mark the retirement of the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, has been postponed because of an ongoing church investigation after allegations against him of historic indecent assaults. Bishop Perham was told by police last month that they would take no action over the claims (News, 17 October), but the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, who has taken on Bishop Perham's duties, has told the BBC that the service planned for 8 November would be postponed until the Church's own procedures were completed. Bishop Snow said that he knew the postponement of the service would cause "deep disappointment".

Salisbury college marks 40 years of teaching

THE Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS), based at Sarum College in Salisbury, will hold a special communion service to celebrate its 40th anniversary this month. Alumni, staff, and supporters are invited to St Thomas's, Salisbury, on 22 November at 2.30 p.m. to mark 40 years since STETS was established, as one of the first non-residential ordination courses in the country.

Funding threat to One World Week

ONE WORLD WEEK is facing closure after 36 years, but is asking its supporters to write in to tell them why they should continue. The charity, which organises a week of events to educate people about global injustice each year, did not explain why it might have to shut down, but said that its trustees were "actively exploring ways forward". It wants people to email it, explaining why they believe One World Week should continue.

Homeless remembered at St Martin-in-the-Fields service

HOMELESS men and women who have died over the past year in London have been remembered at an annual service of commemoration in St Martin-in-the-Fields. The lives of the 149 homeless or recently homeless who had died were marked by lilies planted in front of the altar as a tribute, in line with the service's theme "Consider the Lilies" from St Matthew's Gospel. The service is organised by the Housing Justice charity and St Martin's. The average life expectancy for homeless people is 47 years.



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