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More Jane Austen tours in Winchester

Jane Austen was buried at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV

Events to celebrate the work of Jane Austen are taking place at Winchester Cathedral. Tours of the cathedral, with an insight into her life, are proving so popular that more dates have been added. Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817, in rented rooms in College Street. She was buried in the north aisle of the cathedral. The tours offer visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with Winchester.

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Guides recruited by Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is recruiting guides Credit: ITV

Salisbury Cathedral is holding a special recruiting event for Weekend Cathedral Guides on Saturday 23 September. It’s a chance to meet members of the Cathedral’s award-winning team and an opportunity to find out what volunteering as a guide involves. The main event takes place in the North Transept between 14.00 and 16.00. There will also be a chance to climb up to the West Window, with its amazing view of the Cathedral from end to end.

Sangeeta reflects on 70 years since Indian independence

It is 70 years since Indian independence - an event that changed the lives of millions of families caught up in the turmoil that followed.

The struggle to shake-off British rule led to the formation of India and Pakistan but also sparked a mass migration and violence. 'Partition' also split the former province of Punjab in two - something remembered today by Sikhs living here in our region.

Sangeeta Bhabra has been to meet a group who still have very vivid memories.

Children encouraged to explore Canterbury Cathedral

The project will start on Monday Credit: Canterbury Cathedral

Visitors with children to Canterbury Cathedral are able to borrow 'Explorer Backpacks'.

They can be picked up from volunteer hosts in the nave. The backpacks provide a fun and interactive trail.

Inside the backpacks are sketch pads and crayons, binoculars, magnifying glasses and magnetic compasses – all to help young explorers investigate many of the beautiful and extraordinary places and objects within the Cathedral.

The project runs from Monday 14 August to Friday 1 September.

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Tourists see unique gathering outside Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury has seen hundreds of thousands of pilgrims over the centuries.

Ever since Henry II's soldiers murdered Beckett in the Cathedral, they have paid their respects, and sought redemption for their sins.

But there has never been a gathering quite like the one that tourists and visitors witnessed this week.

For the very first time, Hare Krishna monks have assembled outside the cathedral gates.

Their mission? To let the crowds watching them know, that regardless of the terror attacks that have beset the country this summer, there is more that unites us, than divides us.

Tom Savvides reports.

Interviewees: Mantra Chaitanya Das, Hare Krishna Canterbury; and Very Rev Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.

Hampshire writers celebrated at cathedral exhibition

The exhibition at Winchester Cathedral celebrates Hampshire writers Credit: ITV

'Inspired by the Word' is a visual arts exhibition by contemporary artists at Winchester Cathedral. It celebrates the literature of Hampshire writers Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. The main theme chosen for the exhibition at Winchester is Jane Austen. The event will run until September.

Cathedral prepares for 'Big Friendly Sing'

Visitors in awe of Canterbury Cathedral Credit: Canterbury Cathedral

Church-goers in Kent are to take part The Big Friendly Sing at Canterbury Cathedral on 16 September. It is open to singers of all abilities who would like to spend the day rehearsing Handel’s Messiah and then give a performance in the evening in the Cathedral nave. They will be joined by professional soloists. The 200 spaces are filling up quickly.

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