Reprieve for C of E Free School after mayor steps
A CHURCH of England Free School will open in London as planned
in September, after the Department for Education had announced that
it would be delayed by a year (News, 11
July), writes Margaret Holness. The Fulham Boys School
will open in temporary accommodation, after an intervention by the
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, whose team identified several
possible sites for a permanent home for the school.
Immigration Street comes to
PLANS to film a new TV documentary, Immigration Street,
have been criticised by the Revd Steve Chalke, whose charity, the
Oasis Trust, runs a school in the road featured in Benefits
Street, the controversial programme created by the same
production company (News, 24
January). "People turned up from all over the country to
ridicule the locals," he told The Times this week. "I'm
horrified, but not the least bit surprised that the production
company is trying to tear into another community."
Police appeal after human skull delivered to
A HUMAN skull, wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a bag, was
found by a churchwarden outside the door of Lady St Mary's, in
Wareham, Dorset, two weeks ago. Detective Constable Michelle
Lawrence, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said that the skull
"appears to be very old", and speculated that a local resident may
have "wanted to do the right thing" after digging it up in a
garden. Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police in
confidence by telephoning 101 and quoting incident number
Professor Woodhead to head Modern Church
LINDA WOODHEAD, Professor of the Sociology of Religion at the
University of Lancaster and co-founder of the Westminster Faith
Debates, has been named as the new president of the organisation
Modern Church. Professor Woodhead is already on the editorial board
of the journal of Modern Church, Modern Believing, which
promotes liberal theology.
Former Archbishop of Central Africa dies
A FORMER Archbishop of Central Africa, the Rt Revd Donald Arden,
has died, aged 98. Bishop Arden, who died peacefully at his home in
Hampshire last Friday, first went to Africa in 1944 to serve the
Pretoria Native Mission. He later became Bishop of Nyasaland, of
Malawi, and of South Malawi, and became Archbishop of Central
Africa in 1971. Obituary to follow.
Archbishop Welby to resign from the Travellers'
THE Archbishop of Canterbury intends to resign his membership of
the Travellers' Club in Pall Mall, London,
a spokeswoman from Lambeth Palace has told
The Independent. The club's members recently voted to
retain its all-male membership.
Correction: We incorrectly listed the Revd
Rosalind Rutherford as one of the priests pictured celebrating in
York (News, 18
July). The picture showed the Revd Julie Comalty.