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UK news in brief

16 January 2015

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Solidarity: the Archbishop of Canterbury in Sierra Leone, last week. "Your faces will be before me in my mind on Christmas Day," he said

Solidarity: the Archbishop of Canterbury in Sierra Leone, last week. "Your faces will be before me in my mind on Christmas Day," he said

Muslim charity loses funding

A CHARITY given £250,000 by the Government for interfaith work has had its funding cut off after a review found that it had links to extremists. The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), an umbrella group for Islamic aid agencies, had been inviting extremist speakers to its events, the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, said. A spokesman for the MCF told The Daily Telegraph that it would contest the decision.

Edinburgh clergy fight Sunday parking ban

CLERGY in Edinburgh are mobilising their congregations against a proposal from the city council to end free car-parking on Sundays. Ministers from the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church of Scotland, and the Baptist, Roman Catholic, and independent Churches have united to oppose the plans, and argue that congregations would be decimated if parking charges were introduced. The proposals are currently being put out for consultation.

Clerical sparky to offer free repair service

A PRIEST in Tamworth, Staffordshire, the Revd Vic Van Den Bergh, wants to repair his town's broken electrical appliances free of charge, and has recruited a team of experts to help him. The Vicar of St Francis's, Leyfield, Mr Van Den Bergh will hold the first "Restart Party", to get broken gadgets working again, at Easter. A qualified electrical engineer, he told the Tamworth Herald that the scheme would save money and the environment, as fewer goods would be thrown away.

Lacock Cup to go on tour

A RARE silver cup dating from the 15th century, which was sold by a Wiltshire parish to the British Museum for £1.3 million (News, 3 January 2014), will return to the county when it begins a nationwide tour. The Lacock Cup, originally owned by St Cyriac's, Lacock, will be on display at Salisbury Museum from 31 January. It was sold in 2013 only after the parish won its argument for a faculty to sell the Cup as a fund-raising measure.

Roof-repair funding to be more inclusive

THE administrators of a £15-million government fund for repairing church roofs have adjusted the requirements to make more churches eligible to apply. Now, churches can apply for grants to cover the cost of replacing metal stolen from roofs, even if the church's insurance paid out for part of the cost. Also, the Church Buildings Council said that it had negotiated with Ecclesiastical Insurance to revise its policy on lead-theft payouts, so that, in future, metal replacement would be paid for in full. For more information on applying for grants, visit www.lpowroof.org.uk. The deadline is 30 January.

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