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Church seeks funding for to restore historic memorial

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

A church in Cambridgeshire is appealing for more funding to restore the only memorial of Britain's most famous gardener.

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who is credited with creating some of Britain's most iconic gardens, is buried alongside his family in Fenstanton.

He and his family are buried in the grounds of the Fenstanton church. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Church of St Peter and St Paul are looking to raise £40,000 pounds to honour the work he did more than 250 years ago.

No other significant memorial exists in the UK to the gardener, except the one at the church in Cambridgeshire - the only place he is known to have purchased land.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Artefacts from India go on show in Cambridge

Pieces from India's Taj Mahal, one of the seven Wonders of the World Credit: University of Cambridge

Artefacts from India's indigenous communities will go on show at Cambridge University for the first time.

Among the objects on display to the public, are pieces from the Taj Mahal, a head-hunters skull and a snake-charmer's flute.

The exhibition, Another India, celebrates the 70th anniversary of India's independence from Britain.

This is an exhibition about the India – or the many Indias – that most people in the UK don’t know.

We didn’t want to do a show about Bollywood, saris and curry, but instead highlight a massive body of marginalised people – numbering nearly twice the population of the UK – who to a great extent aren’t seen as having culture, heritage and history of their own.

– Mark Elliott, Curator

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Mosque opens its doors to more than 300 visitors

The day was a big success. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Muslim community in Chelmsford welcomed more than 300 people to the Central Mosque today to give them a better understanding of Islam.

It comes after a reported increase in hate crimes and Donald Trump's recent travel ban.

The Chelmsford Muslim Society says there's been a need to engage with the local community for some time.

It's been really good, really positive.

Some people have never been here before, one or two people have and quite a few people will have been surprised about how similar the religion is with Christianity and with Judaism so for us it's been really nice, really positive.

– Ayman Syed, Chelmsford Muslim Society

Ely Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to repair roof

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral has been given £500,000 to carry out important repairs on its South Nave Aisle roof.

The money, which comes from the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund, will be used as part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the historic Cambridgeshire building.

It is the fourth grant the cathedral has received from the fund.

Bedfordshire Police deletes tweets using 'Islamic state-style' logo

Bedfordshire Police initially tweeted its support for the campaign using the logo before later removing the posts.

Bedfordshire police has deleted tweets about Islamophobia Awareness Month after users pointed out its logo was similar to a hand gesture popular popular with Islamic militants.

The logo features a fist with the index finger pointing upwards, a gesture apparently favoured by followers of IS in propaganda photographs.

Islamophobia Awareness Month is run by organisation Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend).

The force initially tweeted its support for the campaign using the logo, before removing the posts today. A spokesman for MEND said it was 'surprised' Bedfordshire Police decided to stop using the logo.

It makes no sense that the IAM campaign logo be dropped by a police force because it purports to resemble a symbol of Daesh. We would not consider removing symbols such as the crucifix or St George's cross from use in national campaigns simply because they are frequently abused by far right and neo-Nazi movements.

We are disappointed that a campaign supported by thousands of British Muslims is being sullied in this way. We would strongly urge Bedfordshire Police to reconsider.

– MEND
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