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UK news in brief

07 March 2014

evangelical alliance

THE Evangelical Alliance (EA) has publically backed the No More Page 3 campaign, which urges The Sun to stop publishing a picture of a topless model each day. The director of the Alliance, Steve Clifford (pictured), has written to every church leader affiliated with the EA to ask them to sign the No More Page 3 petition online. On hearing the news, one unnamed leader contacted the EA to cancel his membership of the organisation.

THE Evangelical Alliance (EA) has publically backed the No More Page 3 campaign, which urges The Sun to stop publishing a picture of a topless model...

End Hunger Fast gathers pace

MORE than 20 organisations - including Oxfam and Unison - have joined the End Hunger Fast campaign, which is calling on the Government to take action on food poverty. The campaign, which was launched by an open letter from 27 Anglican bishops (News, 21 February), named on Wednesday the first people to join its relay fast for Lent, including the comedian Eddie Izzard. Comment, News

State school chosen by education reformer

THE Education Secretary, Michael Gove, will send his daughter Beatrice to a Church of England secondary school, it has been announced. The Grey Coat Hospital, a selective state school in Westminster, offered her a place, starting in September. He is thought to be the first Conservative Education Secretary to send a child to a state secondary school.

Yorkshire retreat centre closes

A CONFERENCE and retreat centre in South Yorkshire is to shut its doors after 61 years. The statement from the board of Whirlow Grange, on the outskirts of Sheffield, did not give a reason for the closure. The last bookings will take place in July this year, but the spirituality centre run by the diocese of Sheffield and attached to Whirlow Grange, will stay open.

Greaves murder officer honoured

A POLICEMAN who played a "vital role" in solving the murder of the church organist Alan Greaves, Detective Constable Simon Taylor, was named Sheffield Officer of the Year at the Sheffield Police Awards last Friday. On Thursday last week, Jonathan Bowling, jailed for life for the murder of Mr Greaves last year, lost his appeal against his minimum 25-year tariff.

Royal correspondence delights pupils

THE 11 pupils of a primary school that had been threatened with closure have each received a reply from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, after writing to the couple to request that Prince George be enrolled there. Chirton C of E Primary School will remain open, after enrolments took the total to 19 pupils from Easter.

Mrs Welby writes for International Women's Day

THE wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Caroline Welby, has written a blog about her encounters with inspirational women during her travels around the Anglican Communion. Her contribution is part of a package of resources for churches created by the Anglican Alliance for International Women's Day tomorrow.



New leader for NTCG

THE New Testament Church of God (NTGG), a Pentecostal denomination, has named Bishop Donald Bolt as its National Overseer.


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