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A powerful message: An old Church in Newbury has spent seven years re-inventing itself

A church in Berkshire is one of the first in the country to become carbon neutral - by using renewable energy.

St George the Martyr in Newbury has been undergoing seven years of work, which includes drilling into the ground to provide a heat source and placing solar panels on its roof.

The ambitious project has been welcomed by the Bishop of Reading. Divya Kohli has our report:


Historic carved ivory head on display at Canterbury Cathedral

The ancient crozier head

A historic object traditionally associated with sixth century Pope, St Gregory 1, is being put on display at Canterbury Cathedral.

The rare opportunity to see the carved, ivory head of the pastoral staff (crozier) is being offered on Saturday and Sunday (9 and 10 January 2016) and also next weekend, (16 and 17 January 2016) before and after a meeting at Canterbury Cathedral of Anglican Primates from around the world.

The ancient crozier head, loaned to the Cathedral, is venerated by the monks of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome as that of St Gregory who was an abbot at the monastery prior to becoming Pope.

It was St Gregory who sent Augustine to England in 597 AD on a mission to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.

We are very pleased to receive the crozier as a symbol of ecumenical encouragement at this time of the meeting of Anglican Primates, and as a link with St Gregory whose vision of the conversion of England caused Augustine to found the community at Canterbury.

– Dean of Canterbury Cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury describes his toughest year

The Most Reverend Justin Welby has been the Archbishop of Canterbury since 2013. In the three years that he's been the spiritual head of the Church of England - this has been his toughest.

He, like most of us, has struggled to come to terms with some of the events that have happened around the world.

Sangeeta spoke to the Archbishop about 2015 - and heard his Christmas message.


Winchester Cathedral: one of the busiest places in the region this Christmas

How much preparation have you done for Christmas so far? All ready? Are you leaving it to the last minute?

For churches in the South it's their busiest time of the year - and for months they've been preparing for carol concerts and Christmas services.

No where more so than at Winchester Cathedral - where for the last decade thousands have flocked to the ice rink and Christmas market. Rachel Hepworth reports

New Bishop of Sherborne appointed

Ven. Karen Gorham has loved Dorset since her childhood Credit: Michael Ford

The Archdeacon of Buckingham is to become the 36th Bishop of Sherborne and the ninth in modern times. The Bishop of Sherborne works in the Diocese of Salisbury with responsibility mainly for parishes in Dorset. The Venerable Karen Gorham has fond memories of Dorset.

It has been a real privilege to serve the church in Buckinghamshire and work in the Diocese of Oxford. I now look forward to getting to know the people and places of Dorset, an area I have loved since childhood holidays.

Dorset is a place of story, from Enid Blyton to Thomas Hardy, whose poetry I particularly enjoy, and we all have a unique story to tell, as individuals and as Christian Communities, of God’s love and grace. That's our witness to the world, and our biggest challenge is to have the confidence to share it.

– Ven. Karen Gorham
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