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Archbishop of Canterbury begins four-day visit to Birmingham

The Most Reverend Justin Welby met with City Pastors and Street Wardens. Credit: Steve Squires

The Archbishop of Canterbury began his four-day visit to Birmingham late last night, with a walk in the city centre.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby met with City Pastors and Street Wardens on Broad Street before they made their way to China Town.

Archbishop Welby will be staying in the city until Tuesday.

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Hundreds of Derby Muslims join protest at Downing Street

Around 400 Derby Muslims travelled to London to join the protest. Credit: ITN News

Around 400 Muslims from Derby have joined thousands of protestors from across the country today at Downing Street in London.

They are voicing their criticism of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo who last month featured a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed on it's front page.

They say that all religions deserve respect and pictures of the prophet are forbidden in Islam.

Last month, ten journalists and two police officers were killed when masked attackers opened fire at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Derby Cathedral looking for apprentice verger

The appointment will be the first of its kind in the county Credit: ITV News Central

Derby Cathedral is looking to take on an apprentice verger - the first appointment of its kind in the country.

Vergers help the clergy in conducting services and welcoming visitors, but also perform more functional duties such as looking after the church and its possessions.

The deadline for applications is 15th January Credit: ITV News Central

The Diocese is working with Derby College to find a young person suitable for the role. The successful candidate will get paid £151.60 a week and gain a Church of England Guild of Vergers diploma at the end of the one year apprenticeship.

The deadline for applications is 15th January.

Midlands volunteers mark National Langar Week

Sikh temples offer free, vegetarian food to people of all backgrounds at their langars Credit: PA Wire

Volunteers at Sikh gurdwaras across the Midlands are today marking the beginning of National Langar Week, to highlight the huge increase in non-worshippers using temples as a place to eat. The event runs until the 7th of November. While gurdwaras are open to all, volunteers say some places of worship are now struggling to meet an increase in demand for people coming to eat free meals.

Foodbank use across the UK has increased over the past year, with nearly a million people using them.

Sikhs attending a Vaisakhi parade in Wolverhampton Credit: ITV News Central

It is the first time Sikhs across the Midlands will be taking part in National Langar Week. Langar is the name given to a 500-year-old system introduced to eradicate segregation and promote equality, while sharing food at the same level among all congregations. Around 300 gurdwaras across the country serve free hot meals to all for up to 14 hours a day every day of the year. Figures from the Sikh community show around 400 tonne of flour, lentils, rice, vegetables, salt, sugar and more is used weekly in cooking meals - all of which is paid by community donations.

"Sikhs share the same British values as the rest of the country...We set up National Langar Week in order to open the doors to our communities as well as our way of life, and what better way in which to do this, than by the sharing of food. We have a vast number of youth-led Sikh societies, some of the largest Sikh Gurdwaras in the UK and community groups who will be holding special events up and down the country and we urge everyone to feel welcome and to take part in the activities.”

– Rupinder Kaur Virdee, co-founder of the Sikh Press Association

Click here to see more stories about the increased use of foodbanks across the Midlands.

Chief Rabbi visits The National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire

The National Holocaust Centre in North Nottinghamshire. Credit: ITV News Central

The UK's Chief Rabbi has visited The National Holocaust Centre in North Nottinghamshire today to remember those who lost their lives during Hitler's final solution.

It's the first time Ephraim Mirvis has visited the centre also known as Beth Shalom, since being made Chief Rabbi last year.

As well as seeing the memorial gardens he also visited the new interactive exhibition called 'The Journey'.

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