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04 July 2014

Merton College, Oxford

Full of grace: a new statue, Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, by Peter Eugene Ball, in the chapel of Merton College, Oxford, was dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester last month. A gift from John Booth, it marks both the setting up of the Choral Foundation in 2008, and the College's 750th anniversary

Full of grace: a new statue, Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, by Peter Eugene Ball, in the chapel of Merton College, Oxford, was dedicated by the Bishop of...

New Bishop for Basingstoke

DOWNING STREET announced on Monday that the next Bishop of Basingstoke, in the diocese of Winchester, will be Canon David Williams, at present Vicar of Christ Church, Winchester. He succeeds the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, now Bishop of Bath & Wells. Like his diocesan bishop, Canon Williams has worked for the Church Mission Society, having grown up in East Africa. He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, served his title in Ecclesall, in the diocese of Sheffield, and was Vicar of Dore, moving to Winchester in 2002.He will be consecrated on 19 September. 
 

Cambridge college dean is killed

THE Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge, the Revd Dr John Hughes, died last Sunday after his car collided with another vehicle north of Cambridge. Dr Hughes was travelling back from an ordination service. Aged 35, he taught philosophy, ethics, and social thought at the Faculty of Divinity. The driver of the other vehicle, and two passengers in Dr Hughes's car, escaped with injuries. The funeral will be held at Ely Cathedral on Thursday, at 1:30pm, with the Bishop of Ely presiding.

Obituary next week 

Reprieve for Beachy Head team

THE Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team, which faced disbanding after a cash crisis (News, 6 June), has announced that it will continue its work at one of Britain's most notorious suicide sites. The team's director, Mark Pybus, has said that it will survive, after a number of donations came in, some from Church Times readers. Three full-time staff have been laid off.

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