UK news in brief

20 March 2014

Roman Catholic priest imprisoned for protests

A ROMAN Catholic priest who was fined £565 for his involvement in anti-war protests has been sent to prison for 28 days for refusing the pay the fines. Fr Martin Newell, a member of the Passionist Order, told Westminster Magistrates' Court that he would not pay the fines as an act of "conscientious objection". On Ash Wednesday, Fr Newell wrote pacifist slogans in ash on the Ministry of Defence's building in London, but was not arrested.

Airgun pellet teacher reinstated

A PHYSICS teacher at a Church of England academy who was sacked after an experiment with an airgun went wrong has been re-hired. Richard West, from St Peter's Collegiate School, Wolverhampton, was fired for misconduct in January, after a pupil's leg was grazed by a pellet from an airgun during an experiment (News, 7 February). Sixth-formers at the school campaigned for his reinstatement, which has now been confirmed following a governors' appeals committee meeting.

New Dean for Ripon Cathedral

THE new Dean of Ripon will be the Revd Canon John Dobson, it has been announced. Canon Dobson (right) is currently Vicar of Blackwell All Saints and Salutation, and Priest-in-Charge of Coniscliffe, in the diocese of Durham. He was brought up near Leeds, and studied theology at Durham University before training for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

Next Moderator stands down

THE man selected to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Revd Dr Angus Morrison, has stood down after medical advice. In a statement, the Church said that Dr Morrison was undergoing treatment for an unspecified illness and could not give the position his full attention. He was due to take up the annual post in May (News, 8 November). A new Moderator-Designate will be announced next month.

York's new Archdeacon for Generous Giving

THE Archbishop of York has announced the identity of York Minster's Archdeacon for Generous Giving and Stewardship. The post has been given to the Archdeacon of the East Riding, the Ven. David Butterfield, and he will also become a Residentiary Canon of York Minster. The job primarily involves supporting churches across the diocese in their financial giving.

Requiem for the hungry at Southwell

A SERVICE in memory of those who have died because of hunger or cold this year will be held at Southwell Minster next week. During the service on 24 March, prayers will be offered for the End Hunger Fast campaign and a collection taken for churches tackling the problem of food poverty.

Junior champ: Omkaar Divekar, the winner of this year's Prayer Book Society's Cranmer Award for juniors. Omkaar, in Year 9 at the Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent, won his section of the competition by reciting from memory sections of the Book of Common Prayer. He was representing the Rochester branch of the Society at the competition on 6 March


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