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News in brief

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23 September 2016

A ROCHA UK

Signing up: the Bishops of Birmingham, Dover, and Chichester were maong more than 50 Anglican bishops at the launcy by A Rocha and Shrinking the Footprint of Eco Diocese. A diocese gains this status by meeting set criteria. The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, said: “Many of our churches have already begun their eco journey. Now asa diocese, we can do the same.”

Signing up: the Bishops of Birmingham, Dover, and Chichester were maong more than 50 Anglican bishops at the launcy by A Rocha and Shrinking the Footp...

First C of E school for Derby
A NEW Derby Cathedral school is to opened. A proposal submitted by the Dean and Chapter and the diocesan Board of Education, as part of the Government’s free school programme, has been accepted by the Secretary of State for Education. It will be the first Church of England secondary school in the diocese, and it is planned that it will specialise in maths and music. Other aims include strong links with the cathedral choir. It will be open to all children, regardless of background or faith, and facilities will be shared with other schools and the community. The Dean, the Very Revd John Davies, said that he was “thrilled”.

 

Armed patrols at Canterbury
ARMED police are to routinely patrol Canterbury Cathedral. A statement from Kent Police said that, in light of the Home Office’s announcement of an increase in firearms officers, the armed presence in the area would be increased at “key locations”, including the cathedral. There was “no specific information to suggest a direct threat to Kent, but as a result of recent international incidents and in light of national threat levels, it is important to make sure the public are protected from potential serious harm”.

 

Correction: Last week we said that Durham Cathedral’s Cloister Card scheme gave holders free entry. The cathedral is always free to enter for everyone.

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