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UK news in brief

30 May 2014


Turn or burn? Police in Norfolk have recorded as a "hate incident" a sign erected at Attleborough Baptist Church in Nuneaton, Norfolk. Robert Gladwin, who lives near the church, made a complaint about the sign. Pastor John Rose agreed to take the sign after being approached by officers, who concluded that no crime had been committed

Turn or burn? Police in Norfolk have recorded as a "hate incident" a sign erected at Attleborough Baptist Church in Nuneaton, Norfolk. Robert Gladwi...

Judge upholds gay adoption

A HIGH COURT judge has rejected a couple's opposition to the adoption of their children by a same-sex couple. The Slovak Roma couple argued that the lifestyle of the adoptive parents "goes against our Roma culture and lifestyle", and that the children "will not be able to be brought up in the Catholic faith because of the conflicts between Catholicism and homosexuality". On Friday, Sir James Munby upheld the adoption plan, but said that it was "unfortunate" that Kent County Council had suggested that the Roma couple were "bigoted". A Kent County Council spokesman said: "We have acted in the best interests of these young children."

Unanimous approval for new women-bishops package

ALL DIOCESES have now voted in favour of the draft women-bishops Measure, except the diocese in Europe, which was unable to convene in the three-month voting period. In total, 95 per cent of bishops voted in favour, as did 88 per cent of clergy, and 89 per cent of laity. A vote on final approval of the draft Measure will take place at the General Synod in July.

URC pulls out of fuels that are 'killing the planet'

A UNITED REFORMED CHURCH in Brighton has been heralded as the first individual church in the UK to disinvest from fossil fuels. On Thursday of last week, the Minister of Brighthelm URC, the Revd Alex Mabbs, said: "We don't want our money to support an industry that is killing the planet. Instead, we want to contribute to a world in which all life can flourish." Mark Letcher, vice chairman of Operation Noah, a Christian environmental charity, said that the move was "an important step".

Vigil for teenager who raised millions for cancer charity

A VIGIL for Stephen Sutton, a teenager who raised more than £3.2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust before his death this month, was due to take place at Lichfield Cathedral yesterday and today. A statement outlined plans for a short opening ceremony at the cathedral at 7 p.m. yesterday, and a public farewell ceremony at 3 p.m. today. Stephen's mother, Jane, said: "Stephen wanted to put the fun in funeral; so you don't need to wear black. It's a celebration of his life and achievements."

Boost for Canterbury Cathedral and Bath Abbey

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL has secured £11.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), including a £930,400 development grant. There are plans to build a new visitor centre, develop a programme of outreach to schools, and create a Pilgrim Pass scheme to "swell the company of contemporary pilgrims and deepen the cathedral's relationship with its neighbours". Repairs to the cathedral's western end will also be undertaken. In addition, £10.5 million has been allocated by the HLF to Bath Abbey, funding urgent conservation work and plans to reach 10,000 school-children.

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