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UK news in brief

07 November 2014


Establishment: Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court 

Establishment: Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court 

Reburial brings RC and C of E Primates together

PRIMATES of both the Roman Catholic Church in England and the Church of England will play a part in the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester, it was announced this week. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate a requiem mass at Holy Cross, on 23 March. Three days later, Archbishop Welby will be involved in the reinterment ceremony in Leicester Cathedral.

Young polled on the effect of religion

MORE than half of 2000 people surveyed by HuffPost UK/Survation believe that religion does more harm than good, it was reported on Tuesday. Although 56 per cent described themselves as Christian, more than 60 per cent said that they were "not religious at all", while just eight per cent described themselves as "very religious". Young people were more likely to have a positive view of religion: 30 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 said that religion did more good than harm, compared with 19 per cent of 55-64-year-olds.

Church trustee imprisoned for fraud

A FORMER churchwarden found guilty of cheating members of his parish out of £3.2 million has been jailed for six years (News, 10 October). Patrick Coppeard took money from parishioners at St John the Baptist, Buckhurst Hill, in Essex, saying that he was investing it for them, from 2008 until last year. Any money returned to the investors, however, was taken from cash invested by others. Mr Coppeard eventually confessed to the church's Rector, Dr Ian Farley, and handed himself in to the police.

Ann Summers wins worst-calendar vote

THE 2014 Ann Summers Advent calendar, featuring chocolate "bums, boobs and willies", has won a national poll to find the calendar bearing least connection to the season (News, 31 October). Simon Jenkins, editor of Ship of Fools, which ran the "Badvent" competition, said that the Ann Summers effort had won more than 50 per cent of votes: "Trust Ms Summers to remind us that reproductive organs were part of the Bethlehem story."

Facing Christmas alone

ALMOST half-a-million elderly people are set to spend Christmas alone, the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) warned this week. Its research suggests causes include distant family, a lack of contact with children, and a reluctance to put busy families under pressure. "Families are fragmented now and under a lot of pressure, with older people easily forgotten," it said. RVS, in partnership with Community Christmas, has created an online portal for Christmas Day events: http://communitychristmas.org.uk

Correction: We referred last week to the planting of 11,000 bulbs in Darlington. The church in question was St Cuthbert's, not St Clement's.

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