Bishop of Lichfield to retire in September
THE Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, will
retire in September, he announced on Monday. He is 66. He was
installed in 2003, after six years as the Bishop of Southampton.
"It is with great mixed feelings that I make this announcement," he
said. "But Jane and I know that, much as we will find it difficult
to leave your love and prayers, it would not be right to continue
Applications to 'spend a year in God's time'
APPLICATIONS can now be made to join the Community of St Anselm,
at Lambeth Palace. There are 16 places available for Christians
aged 20 to 35 to live at the Palace full-time, and up to 40 for
those who live and work in London, and will join part-time. The
Community will spend a year following a "shared Rule of Life" based
on silence, prayer, worship, study, and service to the poor.
New notice period to combat sham marriages
A NEW clampdown on sham marriages means that, from Monday, the
notice period for civil marriage and civil partnership will be
extended from 15 days to 28 days. The change is intended to give
the Home Office more time to investigate whether couples are trying
to abuse the immigration system. If a sham marriage is suspected,
couples may be subject to an extended notice period of 70 days.
Former police chaplain sentenced to prison
A FORMER police chaplain, the Revd Stephen Talbot, has been
jailed for 15 months after admitting making and possessing indecent
images of children. Mr Talbot, from Cambridgeshire, also admitted
perverting the course of justice. He resigned from his position
with Cambridgeshire police and was arrested on 1 October. His
licence was withdrawn on 8 October.