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UK news in brief

28 March 2014

anderson & garland

Withdrawn: a 19th-century reliquary, believed to contain a fragment of the coffin of St Cuthbert and parts of his robes, was scheduled to be auctioned at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, yesterday, but has been withdrawn from sale. It belonged to Ian Curry, consultant architect at Durham Cathedral, who died in 2012

Withdrawn: a 19th-century reliquary, believed to contain a fragment of the coffin of St Cuthbert and parts of his robes, was scheduled to be auction...

Archbishop assumes oversight of Channel Islands

OVERSIGHT of the Channel Islands was delegated to the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday. The agreement putting into effect the new arrangements, which were announced in January, was signed by Archbishop Welby, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Dover, and each of the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey. Two investigations into safeguarding on Jersey have been carried out, the Gladwin and the Steel reports, but neither has yet been published (News, 24 January).

Survey finds the clergy the happiest at work

A SURVEY carried out by the Cabinet Office has suggested that priests are the happiest workers. Out of 274 categories of employment, clerics were found to have the most satisfying lives, while publicans and builders were unhappiest. The Cabinet Office hopes to use the research to create an online tool that compares the earning potential and life-satisfaction of various jobs.

Council to consider Wells Palace objection

THE Board of the Church Commissioners agreed last Friday to forward to the Archbishops' Council the formal objection from the Bishop's Council of the diocese of Bath & Wells to the proposal to move the residence of the diocesan bishop from the Palace in Wells. Letter

Ban payday loan adverts, urges charity

THE Children's Society has called on OFCOM to ban advertising by pay-day loan companies on children's TV. The Government rejected a similar call from MPs on the Business Select Committee on Monday, but a petition from the Children's Society has already gathered more than 9000 signatures. The Society has warned that the prevalence of such adverts could make short-term, high-interest loans seem attractive to children.

Priest sentenced

A FORMER priest, Keith Wilkie Denford, who was jailed for 18 months for abusing teenage boys, has been banned from ministerial practice for life, under the Clergy Discipline Measure. Last year, Denford was found guilty on three charges of indecently assaulting two boys (News, 12 April).


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