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Reformed gangster turned preacher asks jail - why have you banned my books?

A reformed gangster turned preacher, who's held workshops for prisoners around the globe, has spoken of his shock after Lewes Prison banned his books.

John Lawson's given talks in some of the world's most dangerous prisons in the hope of transforming people's lives. Yet, when his books were requested by Lewes Prison's chaplain, they were rejected on the grounds of security.

With prison libraries containing books on the Krays, among others, John says he fears he's being discriminated against - either as a former prisoner or a Christian. Andy Dickenson reports.

Conservation work to preserve trees in cathedral grounds

Lime trees have been a well-known feature in the grounds for hundreds of years Credit: Winchester Cathedral

A project is underway to preserve lime trees in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. In recent years they have not been sustaining healthy growth. There are over 300 trees in the cathedral grounds. They are so close together that every tree is poorly. Alternate trees will be removed, allowing the remaining ones to flourish.

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Behind the scenes at Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral - one of the most important heritage sites in the region - is undergoing its biggest restoration for centuries.

The cathedral has thrown open its doors, without charge, allowing people to talk to stonemasons, archaeologists and staff.

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.

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.

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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.

Thousands of Muslims gather in Hampshire countryside

More than 30,000 people from the Muslim community - from over 100 countries - have gathered in the Hampshire countryside for a three-day religious festival. Millions more around the world will hear prayers via satellite links.

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.

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