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UK news in brief

16 May 2014


Beside the sea: Ann and David Court on the seafront in their current parish, Cromer

Beside the sea: Ann and David Court on the seafront in their current parish, Cromer

New Bishop of Grimsby named

THE next Bishop of Grimsby will be the Revd Dr David Court, it was announced last Friday. Dr Court, currently Vicar of Cromer, in Norwich diocese, trained for ordination at Oak Hill Theological College, and has also served in parishes in the dioceses of Peterborough and Salisbury.

Deaf church put up for sale

THE first purpose-built church for the deaf in the UK is for sale. St Saviour's, Acton, in West London, first opened on Oxford Street, but was demolished and rebuilt in Acton in 1925. The church's owners, the Royal Association of Deaf People, said that they could not afford the substantial repairs that the building now requires.

Bishop condemns mosque intimidation

THE Bishop-designate of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has condemned members of the far-right party Britain First, who stormed into mosques across Bradford on Saturday, intimidating Muslims and handing out Bibles. Writing on his blog, Bishop Baines said the men were not Christians, and that there was no place for "race and blood nationalism" in the faith.

Dioceses assent to women-bishops legislation

MORE than 90 per cent of those in the 33 dioceses who have so far voted on the new women-bishops legislation have voted in favour: 97 per cent of bishops, 91 per cent of the clergy, and 90 per cent of the laity.

New director for CCJ

THE new director of the Council of Christians and Jews will be Dr Jane Clements, it was announced last Friday. Dr Clements, who succeeds the Revd David Gifford, is currently the director of the Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine, and is a member of the Anglican-Jewish Commission. She is a former trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Call for Edith Cavell to be commemorated

RELATIVES of Edith Cavell, a nurse who "saw no sides" during the First World War, are calling for her to be commemorated on special centenary £2 coins. Descendants of Nurse Cavell were due to hand in a 100,000-signature petition on Thursday. The Royal Mint has not yet responded to the campaign.

Former Third Estates Commissioner Margaret Laird dies

MARGARET LAIRD, who was Third Church Estates Commissioner from 1989 to 1999, died on Sunday. Among her other appointments, Mrs Laird was a Vice-President of the Society for the Maintenance of the Faith, and a Governor of the Dr Pusey Memorial Fund. Obituary to follow.

Correction: an incorrect telephone number appeared in the Adoption with Sandwell  advertisement last week. It should have read: 0845 352 8622; or email yasmeen_akhtar@sandwell.gov.uk.

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