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UK news in brief

10 June 2022

Eve Milner

From left: the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, and the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, at London Bridge after the service of remembrance

From left: the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, and the Dean of Southwark, the Very Re...

London Bridge attack remembered five years on

A SERVICE of Remembrance and Commemoration last Friday afternoon at Southwark Cathedral marked five years since eight people were killed and 48 people were seriously injured in a terrorist attack on and around London Bridge (News, 9 June 2017). In his sermon, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, told the congregation not to despair at the memories of the events. Instead, he said: “Recall instead the facts of character that reveal the heart. Take courage from them as you carry the past.” After the service, flowers were laid at the Memorial Plaque by the families of the victims and others, and an interfaith tea was held at Harper Road Mosque.

Lambeth hosts event for ‘year of mission’ 2023

PLANS for a national year of mission, Hope 23-24, to start in September 2023, were discussed at a launch event at Lambeth Palace last week. The project is co-ordinated by Hope Together, of which the Archbishop of Canterbury is a patron. Church leaders at the launch were asked to complete a card committing themselves to praying, planning, and working with their denominations and organisations on local initiatives and projects. www.hope2324.com

Acting Dean of Llandaff appointed

THE Archdeacon of Margam, the Ven. Michael Komor, has been appointed Acting Dean of Llandaff. He succeeds the Very Revd Gerwyn Capon, who announced his resignation last month, after two years on sick leave with work-related clinical depression (News, 20 May). Dean Capon had bought allegations of bullying and harassment against the Bishop of Llandaff, the Rt Revd June Osborne, who was deemed to have a case to answer (News, 26 November 2021). In January, Archdeacon Komor promised to gather feedback from complainants about the senior management at the cathedral in the form of a survey (News, 7 January). He trained at Chichester Theological College, was ordained priest in 1987, and has served in all his ministry in Llandaff diocese, as an incumbent and area dean, before becoming Archdeacon in 2018.

Bishop to judge Jubilee poetry competition

THE Jubilee Literary Society in Ely diocese has opened a new poetry competition in honour of the Platinum Jubilee and to raise funds for the 900-year-old village church of St Margaret of Antioch, Wereham, in Norfolk. The Bishop of Huntingdon, Dr Dagmar Winter, is among the judges. Entrants (aged 16 and over) are invited to submit poems on the theme “Reflections: Life in the New Elizabethan Age”, or a Jubilee-related subject, by 29 July. Full details and entry forms are available online. www.jubilee-litsoc.org

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