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Southampton mosque opens its doors to visitors

Mosques across the south opened their doors to visitors yesterday as part of a national scheme to build bridges between communities.

Among them was the Medina Mosque in Southampton which had expected a hundred visitors throughout the day but got many more.

They were able to go on guided tours and ask any questions they had about Islam.

Interviewees are Rashid Brora from the Medina Mosque and Charlotte Barton who visited the mosque.

Residents invited to visit their local mosque this weekend

Credit: ITV News Meridian

Around 150 mosques across the country will open their doors to the public on Sunday. The event aims to dispel negative perceptions of Islam and educate more people about the religion.

Organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, six mosques in the ITV News Meridian region are welcoming in visitors this weekend.

Among them: the Medina Mosque in Southampton, Portsmouth Central Mosque, Camberley Mosque, the Aisha Masjid & Islamic Centre in Reading, Maidenhead Mosque and the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.

The Visit My Mosque initiative hopes to shine a light on how British Muslims are helping their local communities, from providing meals for the homeless to visiting the elderly and sick.

For more details go to the VisitMyMosque website.

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Thieves steal money, raised by church for charity

Police are appealing for information after a burglar broke into the presbytery next to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Petworth.

The burglary happened sometime 4.15pm on Tuesday 3 January and 8.20am on Wednesday 4 January in Angel Street.

Around £2,000 worth of cash and cheques, which had been donated for a charity collection and £50 in petty cash were stolen.

Bishop of Chichester hopes for less uncertainty in 2017

Dr Martin Warner

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, says he hopes that 2017 will be a year "we can look back on as a good year" after the uncertainties of 2016.

In a New Year video message to his Diocese, the Bishop reflected on what has been a turbulent year.

Images which have flashed up on our screens, particularly from Syria have been traumatic. We have seen hospitals, schools and homes targeted and it has been traumatic.

– Dr Martin Warner

He appealed for people to have what he described as "the quality of reverence" in 2017 which added up to a basic respect for people and things.

He added that he feels the church continues to be relevant in Sussex communities, by making a contribution and improving the quality of people's lives.

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£250,000 awarded to Chichester Cathedral for roof repairs

Chichester Cathedral is awarded £250,000 to repair the historic building Credit: ITV News

Chichester Cathedral has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds to help restore its quire roof which dates back to the 13th Century.

The grant, provided by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, will go towards a renovation project. A total of £4.8 million is needed to carry out major repairs to the cathedral.

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