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No move for Bishop says female Dean

Jane Hedges became Dean in June Credit: Norwich Cathedral

The Dean of Norwich has revealed she won't be putting her name forward to become one of the first women Bishops in the Church of England - despite being the bookies' favourite.

The Very Reverend Jane Hedges was commenting after the General Synod formally adopted legislation, paving the way for the first female bishops to be ordained next year.

The Dean says she's incredibly happy in her current post.

Meet the Norfolk pensioner who defied death threats to restore a derelict church

He's had to kick out devil worshippers and has flown in the face of local hostility.

But for more than 20 years, Bob Davey has never been deflected from his determination to restore his local church to its former glory.

When he came across St Mary's at Houghton on the Hill in Norfolk, it was a dilapidated ruin. Now church services are being held here again.

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Norwich and Ely Cathedrals among those to receive major cash injection

Norwich Cathedral will get £491,000. Credit: PA

Cathedrals from across the East are to get a slice of £8million in funding to pay for urgent repairs.

Norwich Cathedral is set to get the largest amount at just under £500,000 for works to the north clerestory and presbytery, while Ely will receive close to £400,000 for repairs to the south transept.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today. Credit: PA

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today, with the money coming from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

"Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.

Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago."

– Sajid Javid MP

Which Cathedrals will benefit?

  • Norwich - £491,000
  • Ely - £392,060
  • Chelmsford - £268,622
  • Peterborough - £88,433

Cambridge: Leading muslim figure Sughra Ahmed condemns actions of Islamic State

One of the leading spokespeople for muslims in this country has been speaking of her disdain for the actions of the so-called Islamic State.

The US launched air strikes against the militant group in Syria last night.

The President of the Islamic Society of Britain - Sughra Ahmed, who lives in Cambridge, says 'IS' does not represent the views of British Muslims.

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Cambridge museum close to buying wooden bust of Virgin Mary

Museum needs to raise just under £14,000 more to buy artefact Credit: Fitzwilliam Musem

Fundraisers at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge say they're just under£14,000 short of raising what they need to buy a 350 year-old wooden bust of the Virgin Mary.

The "Virgin of Sorrows" is just 34cm tall and has been on display there over the summer.

It is considered one of the finest examples of its kind. The tears are made from glass and the eyelashes from human hair.

The museum has until the end of the month to raise the £85,000 total they need.

Fundraising to buy statue is going well Credit: Fitzwilliam Museum

The thing about this bust is that it is not one of those lugubrious virgins with rolling eyes that one associates with Spanish religious art. Here instead is a strikingly simple, and arrestingly intense, portrait of a beautiful young woman.

– Tim Knox, Director of Fitzwilliam Museum

Cathedral prepares to welcome new dean

Parishioners at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norwich are getting ready for the installation of a new dean.

Father David Paul will officially take up the post at the second largest Catholic cathedral in the UK on September 21st.

He has previously served as a parish priest in Cambridge, Ipswich and Peterborough.

Father David Paul

Father David will replace Father James Walsh who, after 13 years at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, is becoming parish priest to congregations in North Walsham, Hoveton and Aylsham.

Registrar wins battle over same sex weddings

A registrar who refused to officiate at same sex weddings has won a court backing for her stance.

Margaret Jones from Bedfordshire said performing gay weddings clashed with her Christian beliefs - a move which she says eventually cost her her job.

A court has said her employer was wrong to have dismissed her, but the decision has led to some concern from gay rights groups.

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Reformed Jihadist tells British Muslims 'Don't go'

A former Jihadist fighter, who now lives in Ipswich, is pleading with British Muslims not to go out and join extreme militant groups in the Middle East.

Muhammed Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma in the 1980s. He says he's learnt from his experience and the level and extent of killing has now become extreme and driven by hatred and revenge.

He has also condemned the killing of journalist James Foley.

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