*** DEBUG END ***

UK news in brief

17 July 2015


"From Heaven to Hell": a still from last Friday's episode of the current BBC Two series, Atlantic – Earth's Wildest Ocean 

"From Heaven to Hell": a still from last Friday's episode of the current BBC Two series, Atlantic – Earth's Wildest Ocean 

Bishop of Norwich comes to Auntie’s defence

A STRONG defence of the BBC was given by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, in the House of Lords on Monday. "It seems odd that a Government so keen to promote British values in our schools appear intent on reducing the capacity of a world-renowned British institution," he said. "What seems to irritate its opponents is its very success." The Government has agreed with the BBC that the BBC will cover the £750 million cost of providing free TV licences to those aged over 75.

BBC values are vital to cohesion - Angela Tilby


Faith leaders condemn violence against women

A DECLARATION that violence against women is "irreconcilable with the teachings of our, or any other, faith or world-view" was due to be signed by Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, and Hindu leaders on Wednesday evening. The group was scheduled to meet at the House of Lords at a reception organised by Restored, which campaigns to end violence.



Chelmsford Cathedral invites public to join Chapter

FOR the first time, the Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral is inviting members of the public to join the Chapter, its governing body. The Dean, the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, said: "This is a really exciting time in the history of Chelmsford Cathedral. Not only are we attracting more visitors than ever before, but we’re holding on average around 30 events a week. . . It’s fantastic to see the cathedral growing in prominence, and that’s exactly why we want to give more people an opportunity to play their part."


New head for Prison Fellowship

PRISON Fellowship England and Wales has appointed Peter Holloway as its chief executive officer. For the past five years he has been group director of human resources at Medair. He will take up his new post in November.


Corrections: the Bishop-designate of Aston, the Revd Anne Hollinghurst, is married to the Revd Steve Hollinghurst, a part-time tutor with the Church Army and a consultant and researcher in mission and contemporary culture. He is not a Herefordshire rural dean, as we stated last week. We also omitted to mention Ms Hollinghurst’s spell as a residentiary canon at Manchester Cathedral. We apologise for the errors. We also misspelt the name of the new Scripture Union game: it is Guardians of Ancora (guardiansofancora.com). Again, our apologies.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available


Inspiration: The Influences That Have Shaped My Life

September - November 2024

St Martin in the Fields Autumn Lecture Series 2024

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


Visit our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)