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Children join voices for the Southern Cathedrals Festival

Young choristers arrive at the 900-year-old cathedral Credit: Chichester Cathedral

Children from across the south launched this year's celebration of cathedral music.

More than eighty choristers and thirty lay clerks (adult singers) from Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals opened the three-day Southern Cathedrals Festival.

It is taking place at Chichester Cathedral until 24th July.

Visitors filled the cathedral for the choral launch Credit: Chichester Cathedral


Unusual festival to be held at Winchester Cathedral

Stonemasons will display their skills at the cathedral Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral is hosting its first ever stonemasonry festival. It will see skilled workers from across the country showing their skills while encouraging visitors to have a go themselves. On Sunday 10 July the finished works will be on display, with an opportunity to meet the masons.

Fasting and feeding the homeless at Ramadan

It's half way through Ramadan for many Muslims who've been fasting in the region. During the holy month those observing the fast can't eat or drink during daylight - which at the moment is about 17 hours. Prayer and giving to charity are important aspects of the month. And Muslim families and community groups have once again encouraged people of different faiths to share Ramadan with them.

Elaine Willcox reports.

Archaelogists begin another dig at "one of Britain's most important prehistoric monuments"

New dig to begin at one of the country's most important monuments Credit: ITV News Meridian

Archaelogists from the University of Reading are beginning another dig at the site of what they say is one of Britain's most important - but little explored - prehistoric monuments.

Marden Henge between Stonehenge and Avebury was built around 2400 twenty four hundred BC. It's the second year of a three year project. Researchers hope to find out more about life during the Stone Age.

Stonemasons prepare for Winchester event

Stonemasons will be displaying their skills at the cathedral Credit: ITV

Stonemasons from around the UK will be taking part in an unusual event at Winchester Cathedral next month. On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July the masons will be taking part in a carving competition, working publicly in the Cathedral Inner Close. Visitors to the event will be able to watch them at work, find out about stonemasonry, have a go at carving and enjoy a festival atmosphere.


Why this bone fragment has people flocking to Rochester

He was one of the most famous Archbishops of all time but today Henry the second's troublesome priest was returned to Kent - 800 years after he was murdered.

A small piece of Thomas Becket's elbow has arrived at Rochester Cathedral attracting hundreds of visitors.

The 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury is one of the most important English Saints of all time after he was reportedly killed on the orders of the King for standing up for the church.

Andrea Thomas was among those witnessing the arrival of the relic.

Andrea spoke to Professor Louise Wilkinson from Canterbury Christchurch University.

Cathedral to tell the story of young carers

The exhibition will be held at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV

YMCA and The Children’s Society are to present a compelling portrait exhibition, called ' Hidden', at Winchester Cathedral, next month. It tells the story of young carers – often invisible to society – who face huge responsibilities and unimaginably difficult choices. 'Hidden' reminds us that while the official figure of young carers in the UK is 166,000, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

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