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UK news in brief

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19 September 2014

Keith blundy

Street life: the Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Revd Mark Bryant, has become the first cleric to become a guest blogger forCoronation Street. A fan of the soap opera for more than 20 years, he writes about favourite moments, including the Duckworths' getting the Rovers Return pub in 1995 ("patron saints of those who never quite make it"). On a recent visit to the set, he kissed the street: "The Pope used to kneel and kiss the ground every time he arrived in a new country; so what else could I do on setting foot on those famous cobbles for the first time?" http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/exclusive-coronation-street-vip-blogger.html

Street life: the Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Revd Mark Bryant, has become the first cleric to become a guest blogger forCoronation Street. A fan of the soap opera for more than 20 years, he writes about favourite moments, including the Duckworths' getting the Rovers Return pub in 1995 ("patron saints of those who never quite make it"). On a recent visit to the set, he kissed the street: "The Pope used to kneel and kiss the ground every time he arrived in a new country; so what else could I do on setting foot on those famous cobbles for the first time?" http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/exclusive-coronation-street-vip-blogger.html

Guildford Cathedral passes £1.3-million milestone

AN APPEAL by Guildford Cathedral has raised £1.3 million, enabling an application for a multi-million-pound grant to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund next month. The total appeal target is £7 million. The most urgent task is to replace plaster in the vaults which contains asbestos (News, 25 October).

Join fight for nature, Sir David Attenborough says

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has joined the Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK to urge faith groups to engage in environmental work. Shortly before addressing the Conference for Nature at Church House earlier this month, he said: "From business magnates to politicians, and from farmers to faith leaders, everyone has an opportunity to save nature." Work showcased by A Rocha UK at the conference included a scheme to turn a former west-London drug den into a community garden. "The Church is both willing and able to get its hands dirty for God's incredible world," said A Rocha's conservation director, Andy Lester.

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