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Mothers’ Union celebrates 140th anniversary in Winchester

Winchester Cathedral hosts Mothers' Union service Credit: Pam Brophy

Mothers’ Union returned to Winchester Cathedral yesterday to celebrate 140 years of Christian outreach to families all around the world.

Archbishops of Canterbury and York as well as local bishops of Winchester, Basingstoke and Southampton attended the service that honoured the founder Mary Sumner.

The charity has four million members in 80 countries worldwide.

Extra opening hours for Winchester Cathedral

The Cathedral will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral's doors will be open this Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm - 9pm (last admission 8.30pm).

Guides will be on duty to answer questions about the Cathedral and the Winchester Bible, but no formal tours will be taking place. Instead visitors are encouraged to let the building speak for itself.


Major events at Winchester Cathedral

Visitors will be able to join the Royal Heritage Tour Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral has three major events taking place over the summer. On Saturdays 20 August and 17 September at 10am, visitors will be able to join the Royal Heritage Tour and learn about the cathedral’s many links with royalty.

The tour will describe events from the Norman Conquest right up to, and including, the 21st century.

Important events have taken place such as royal baptisms and royal marriages. Those on the tour will see visual evidence in memorials and stained glass.

Muslim convention attracts 40,000 people

Around 40,000 people from 100 countries have gathered in the Hampshire countryside for a huge religious festival.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim convention at East Worldham near Alton is now in its 50th year. As well as the thousands attending, millions more will hear prayers and sermons via satellite links.

As Richard Slee reports, this year's event has a special focus on combating extremism

Church bells are ringing again

It's cost thousands of pounds - and taken months to complete - but finally the bells of St. Mortimer in West Berkshire are ringing out again. They've been silent for months, because the ancient tower that houses them was in danger of collapse.

But now, with help from volunteers, from AWE in Aldermaston, the community has come together to literally ring the changes - for its place of worship. Cary Johnston has more.

Celebrating the work of the Sisters of Bethany

Hundreds of people gathered in Portsmouth today to celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of the south's oldest religious communities.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was among those at the city's Anglican Cathedral to honour the work of the Sisters of Bethany who live in a convent in Southsea.

He praised their work in promoting Christian unity. Richard Jones went to meet the nuns to find out more about their lives.


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.

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