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UK news in brief

25 August 2023

Diocese of Truro

Canon Simon Robinson

Canon Simon Robinson

Interim Dean of Truro to be Dean

THE next Dean of Truro is to be the current Interim Dean, Canon Simon Robinson, Downing Street announced on Thursday of last week. He has been Interim Dean since October, after the retirement of the Very Revd Roger Bush, the previous month. Canon Robinson, who is 56, previously worked as a teacher and head teacher of estate schools in London and Bristol for 24 years. He served his title at St Peter’s, Freshford, with Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse, in Bath & Wells diocese, and remained in that diocese as Vicar of Minehead from 2015 until his appointment to Truro Cathedral last year. The position and “power-dynamics” of the Dean and Chapter of Truro were raised in a recent visitation by the Bishop, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen (News, 3 February).

Lancashire clergy condemn vandalism

A SECOND appearance of racist and homophobic graffiti on Morecambe Promenade and the town’s war memorial, discovered last Saturday, has been condemned by the Bishop of Lancaster, Dr Jill Duff, the Archdeacon of Lancaster, the Ven. David Picken, and the Rector of Poulton-le-Sands with Morecambe St Laurence, the Revd Chris Krawiec. They said: “To attack the war memorial alongside our beautiful murals is incredibly distressing. Many of the names on that memorial gave their lives to stem the tide of Nazism in previous generations. . . We commend the grace-filled response of the creative community in working to repair and restore the murals at pace.”

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Medieval cross stolen from Lincolnshire church

A “PRICELESS” medieval stone cross has been stolen from St John the Baptist, Great Carlton, in Lincoln diocese. A statement from Lincolnshire Police said that it had been removed between 1.45 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Saturday. It measures 350mm high and 300mm wide. Anyone with information is asked to contact local police, quoting incident 133 of 9 August.


Correction: in our Lichfield tribunal story last week (News, 18 August), we wrongly attributed the description of David Green’s complaints to the employment-tribunal judge. We apologise for the error. A corrected version of the story can be found online.

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