*** DEBUG END ***

UK news in brief

25 February 2022

© Natural History Museum, London

Red in tooth: animatronic dinosaurs are heading for Peterborough Cathedral (18 July to 3 September) as part of a Natural History Museum travelling exhibition (Click on gallery for more images)

Red in tooth: animatronic dinosaurs are heading for Peterborough Cathedral (18 July to 3 September) as part of a Natural History Museum travelling exh...

Cardiff church participates in £1m anti-violence project

THE Cardiff South Ministry Area and St Mary the Virgin Primary School, Cardiff, will be part of a team that is to invest £1 million in the south of the city with the aim of protecting children and young people from violence, Llandaff diocese announced last week. The money, from the Youth Endowment Fund, will be spent in the Grangetown and Butetown areas of Cardiff. The leader of the South Cardiff Ministry Area and Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s, Cardiff, the Revd Dean Atkins, said that the initiative would “not only change lives but also save lives” by responding to knife crime “in positive and productive ways”.

Pupils to learn about religious views of environment

AN ETHICS and philosophy teacher at Ercall Wood Academy in Telford, Shropshire, Charlie Syson, is working with academics at the University of Chester to increase pupils’ awareness of religious teaching about the environment. A joint project, “Green Worldviews: Cultivating environmental awareness as part of an ethics and philosophy curriculum”, will be for secondary-school pupils in Years 7, 8, and 9, and will include lesson plans on topics such as sacred places, climate justice, and whether God is in or outside the environment. Mr Syson said on Monday: “Young people care passionately about the environment, but may be less aware of what religions have to say about it.”

Jonathan Goodall to be parish priest in Stanmore

A FORMER Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Jonathan Goodall, is to be parish priest of St William of York, Stanmore, in the diocese of Westminster. Lambeth Palace confirmed last September that he had resigned from his see in Canterbury diocese to become a Roman Catholic (News, 10 September 2021). His wife, Sarah, has also been received, and the RC diocese announced last week that he had been granted a dispensation from celibacy, “in line with the well-established practice for married former priests of the Church of England”. He will be reordained in Westminster Cathedral on 12 March at 10.30 a.m.

Do you remember Band of Hope, charity asks

THE Christian drug-education charity Hope UK is inviting people who were once members of the Band of Hope — the predecessor to Hope UK, which was part of the temperance movement of the late 19th and early 20th century — to take part in a survey about their experiences. The charity hopes to hear from “anyone who has memories of being a member of the Band of Hope, who remembers signing the pledge to abstain from alcohol, or who may have attended meetings or outings of a local Band of Hope or affiliated group”. All findings will be anonymous. hopeuk.org/boh-survey

In our story “Welby under fire over college case” (News, 18 February), we said that David Etherington QC was hearing the case. It was, in fact, the Chancellor of Oxford and Blackburn dioceses, the Worshipful David Hodge QC. The Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor of Ely have recused themselves. We apologise for the error.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 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



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.)