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Sikh memorial unveiled to honour WW1 soldiers

Sikh memorial unveiled today Credit: ITV News Central

The UK's first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the Great War has been unveiled.

The memorial is the first of its kind and was made by a team in Basingstoke in Hampshire. The statue commemorates the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the First World War.

Major General Patrick Sanders says it is important to recognise the role of Sikh soldiers during the Great War, and to honour their bravery:


Memorial to honour Sikh WW1 soldiers to be unveiled today

Sikh memorial, made in Basingstoke, to be unveiled today Credit: ITV News Meridian

The UK’s first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the Great War will be unveiled later today at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The “WW1 Sikh Memorial” is the first of its kind, and was made by a team in Basingstoke in Hampshire.

The statue commemorates the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War.

Watch as the final finishing touches were made by craftsmen to the statue:

Vicar joins Great South Run to raise funds after wife is diagnosed with breast cancer

Devoted couple: Rev Bruce Deans and his wife Caroline, who is a licensed lay minister Credit: Church of England

The vicar of a Hampshire church will run the Great South Run to raise money for cancer charities – as his wife is being treated for breast cancer.

The Rev Bruce Deans, vicar of St John’s Church, Fareham, will tackle the 10-mile course this Sunday along with other worshippers from his church.

Although he is not organising sponsorship, Bruce is encouraging friends to donate money to Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care to mark the race.

His wife Caroline has been diagnosed with breast cancer, has undergone a mastectomy, and is now going through treatment.

I ran the Great South Run last year to raise funds for the churches in Shedfield and Wickham, before I moved to St John’s, Fareham. I had decided to run again this year before I knew anything about Caroline’s cancer. I had been thinking about whether to specifically seek sponsorship for this year’s run, but decided that I would do what I could for cancer charities.

– Rev Bruce Deans

Portsmouth Cathedral "appalled by crass decision" on asylum seekers

Rejection of asylum seekers is "a crass decision" Credit: ITV

Portsmouth City Council has passed a motion which is unworthy of the city, according to Portsmouth Cathedral.

The rejection of asylum seekers is mean spirited and narrow minded. The Cathedral has generous hospitality as one of its core values, and we are proud that this trident has always applied to the whole city. This coming Sunday the Cathedral, known as the Cathedral of the Sea, holds its annual Seafarers Service, which members of the council attend. It is a recognition of the city’s openness to the world and of its important maritime history.

Our Christian perspective demands that we see all people to be made in the image of God and of equal worth. Offering a home to a small number of people and recognising that asylum seekers have much to offer to the city is demanded by our common humanity.

Portsmouth has a long tradition of multi-cultural harmony, and this decision undermines that history. The city seeks to be more open to tourism, business and education, but the City Council has given the message that Portsmouth is not a welcoming city. It is disingenuous of the council to have focused on unaccompanied asylum seeking children as the main issue - currently there are five such children in the city.

This seems to fly in the face of the recent outpouring of support and care from ordinary people in Portsmouth to those in Calais, and other places, as evidenced by the success of the Don't Hate Donate campaign and others.

Portsmouth Cathedral and Portsmouth City were created in the same year - 1927. The Cathedral is and has been deeply involved in the life of the city, and is embarrassed and appalled by this crass decision. City and Cathedral should both show generous hospitality and a spirit of welcome to those in the deepest need.

– Portsmouth Cathedral


Harvest Festival at Winchester Cathedal

The Harvest Festival will be held this weekend Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral will be the venue for a free family event to mark the Harvest Festival, over this weekend in both the Inner and Outer Cathedral Close. Now a regular annual event, it has grown both in size and popularity. Many local organisations take part and display their produce.

Money raised for new church after devastating fire

The church was burned down in June Credit: ITV

People in Fleet are being asked what type of building they want to replace their church after it was burned down in June. Since flames gutted All Saints Church, the community have been rallying round and have so far raised £19,000. The church's vicar Mark Hayton says attendance has increased at temporary sites since the blaze.

Dalai Lama tackles refugee crisis

The Dalai Lama says national interests should come second to the interests of humanity - if we're to solve the refugee crisis. The Tibetan Spiritual leader was in Oxford today to open a Centre for Compassion at the University.

He gave his views to a packed news conference, in which he said the billions of pounds spent on weapons should be spent on education and health instead. Andrew Pate has more.

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