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13 April 2017

Diane Fracknell

1 The story of Holy Week and Easter has been told in artwork around the village of Lavenham, in Suffolk, in an Easter Art Trail, organised by the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. Sixty-six pieces of artwork, including The Last Supper by Diane Fracknell (pictured), were created by members of the com­munity as young as three years old, and displayed in 37 shops, restaurants, and hotels from 1 April until today. A selec­tion will be used as the focus of the church’s Good Friday service. The trail was the idea of an ordin­and, Lynda Sebb­age, who is on place­ment at the church. “Some of the inter­preta­tions have been ex­­tremely moving,” she said. St Ed­­mundsbury & Ipswich



2 The congregations of St Stephen’s and All Saints’, Canterbury, have wel­comed Tessa Ivory (pictured) as parish community-­support worker. The new post was created in partner­ship with Age UK Canterbury, a Mission Re­­source diocesan grant, Kent County Council, and the Dunhill Medical Trust. The Priest-in-Charge of St Stephen’s, the Revd Kevin Maddy, said that some parishioners had lost con­fidence in attending church or social activities because of poor health or other issues. “It led to their increased isolation from the com­­munity, and even escalated their admittance to hospital or care,” he said. “As churches, we wanted to find another way of be able to keep in touch with these valued members of our com­munity, offer them support, and avoid crises occurring.” Canterbury



3 The Dean of Durham Ca­­thed­ral, the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett (back left), opened the doors of the Deanery to the ca­­thed­­ral’s vol­unteer tour guides last month. A tea party, organ­ised by the volunteers’ man­ager, Marie Wisson, and the volunteers’ ad­­­ministrator, Carol Ross, marked English Tourism Week, and celeb­rated the more than 2300 hours given over the past year by the team of 65 guides. The ca­­the­dral offers public tours each day, as well as specialist and school educational tours. Ms Wisson said: “We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated team of vol­unteers mak­­ing the visitors’ ex­­perience of Durham Cathedral so memor­able.” Durham



4 About 600 primary-school pupils at St Helen’s C of E School (pictured) and Beech Hyde Primary School, Wheat­hampstead, received “Real Easter Eggs” from the Meaningful Choc­olate Co. at their Easter assem­blies last week, bought with donations from the community of St Helen’s Church. The Assistant Curate, the Revd Kate Daymond, and Reader and children’s min­ister, Claire Banham, handed out the Fairtrade choco­late eggs, which contain an activity book telling the story of Holy Week and Easter. St Albans



5 The choir of Salisbury Cathedral entertained pas­sengers on a British Air­ways flight from the United States to London Heathrow with “There is a Flower” by John Rutter. It was one of the pieces the choir had performed at Grace Cathe­d­ral, San Francisco (pic­tured), during their 12-day tour of the US. The airline’s customer-service leader on board, David Noon, asked the choristers to sing for pas­sengers to “wake them up” after the overnight flight. The choir were also invited to perform for business-class cus­tomers. The chor­isters were shown the flight deck, after the aeroplane had landed. Mr Noon said: “The choristers were a delight to be around and gave a wonderful performance on board our A380. It was utterly unique and I am absolutely sure it was the first time a flight has been filled with such angelic voices.” Salisbury



6 The designs by the archi­tects Darnton B3 for the £300,000 extension to and refurb­ish­ment of St Asaph Ca­­­thedral are now being realised. More than £130,000 of grants have been secured to provide the new facilities, which include a tea room, com­munity meeting rooms, and lavatories. Gwynedd Archaeo­logical Trust has overseen arch­aeo­­­logical ex­­cava­­tions to ensure that no ancient graves will be disturbed The Dean, the Very Revd Nigel Williams, said: “These are exciting times for St Asaph Cathedral and the city. The design and develop­ment of the extension and refurb­ishment of the ca­­­thedral have taken a long time to plan, but we are delighted that work has now started, and look forward to the extension opening over the summer.” Comple­tion is expected later this year. St Asaph

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