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UK news in brief

31 January 2014


Dean Key bids farewell to Winchester

THE Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Bob Key, said on Wednesday that he was "very, very happy" with the decision to transfer oversight of the Channel Islands from the diocese of Winchester to the Archbishop of Canterbury (News, 24 January). "New relationships within the Anglican Church beckon," he wrote in a pastoral letter read out in churches on the island on Sunday. He said, on Wednesday, that he "can't wait" toread the report on safeguarding on the island by Dame Heather Steel,which the diocese of Winchester has so far declined to publish (News, 29 November).

Merseyside priest jailed for a year

THE Priest-in-Charge of the parishes of Seacombe and Poulton, on Merseyside, the Revd Ian Hughes, was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Wednesday, after pleading guilty to possessing more than 8000 indecent images and films of children (News, 10 January). The Bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, said: "Ian Hughes's court appearances and sentencing have come as a deep shock to all who know him."

Bradford dementia work celebrated

THE diocese of Bradford, and St Paul's, Shipley, have been recognised as "working to become dementia friendly" by the Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance. At an awards ceremony last week, they were granted the right to use the Alzheimer's Society's new logo, in order to highlight their efforts. The diocese's adviser on dementia, Dr Elizabeth Milwain, said: "Fear, grief, and guilt remain the biggest challenges in responding well to people with dementia, but people do want to know more, and start talking, and this is very encouraging."

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