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UK news in brief

03 January 2014

Church sells silver chalice for £1.3 million

A SILVER cup dating from the 15th century has been sold to the British Museum by a Wiltshire church to pay for repairs to its Grade I-listed building. St Cyriac's, in Lacock, was given permission to sell the extremely rare Lacock Cup in December of last year after a consistory court ruled that the circumstances of sale were justified. The British Museum will pay St Cyriac's £1.3 million, and will make a replica of the cup for display.

Llandaff Cathedral confirms choir redundancies

FIVE lay clerks, a part-time choral scholar, and the assistant organist were made redundant on 20 December by Llandaff Cathedral, despite weeks of negotiation (News, 8 November, 20 December). The Chapter said that the move was necessary to reduce the Cathedral's financial deficit, and will save about £45,000. The decision has been condemned by the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Service held for teenager found in graveyard

THE Priest-in-Charge of All Saints', Didcot, the Revd Karen Beck, led a service on 21 December to remember Jayden Parkinson, the 17-year-old whose remains were found in a grave in the church's cemetery two weeks ago (News, 20 December). Ms Beck said that Jayden "had a light shining in her", adding: "We mustn't be overcome by evil. We must overcome evil with good." Ben Blakeley, aged 22, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has been charged with her murder.

Cleric in court over indecent images of children

A PRIEST from the Wirral has appeared in Wirral Magistrates Court, charged with possessing 8212 indecent images of children. The Priest-in-Charge of St Paul's, Seacombe, and St Luke's, Poulton, the Revd Ian Hughes, entered no plea in court on 18 December, and was released on bail. He was suspended by the Church of England in May after his arrest.

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