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Congregation vow to rebuild church after devastating fire

It's more than a month now since a Hampshire community Church was all but destroyed by a devastating fire.

All Saints Church in Fleet suffered major damage to the roof, and is still open to the elements.

But since then, residents have come together to raise money to re-build their place of worship, and are determined to achieve their goal.

The local Vicar says it shows that the Christian community spirit is alive and well. Cary Johnston reports.

First female diocesan bishops ordained in Kent

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, will lead the ordination and consecration of the Ven Rachel Treweek who becomes Bishop of Gloucester Credit: PA

The consecration will take place at Canterbury Cathedral today of two women bishops, including the Church of England's most senior female bishop.

The Rev Canon Dame Sarah Mullally, 53, a former government chief nursing officer, will be consecrated as the Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter.

The Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir - which only formed at the Kent cathedral last year - will lead the singing at the ceremony.

Former speech and language therapist Ms Treweek, who was Archdeacon of Hackney,officially becomes the Church's first female diocesan bishop.

It is understood the 52-year-old, who describes herself in her Twitter profile as "more vulnerable than venerable", will become the first woman bishop to enter the House of Lords.

Her appointment, which comes after the Right Rev Michael Perham retired in November, means she is the first woman to run a diocese and is one rank below archbishop.

Bishop's tribute to priest, found hanged in woods

A West Sussex priest, found dead in woodland, was 'much-loved' and his death is a 'profound blow"'to the community, a bishop said.

Rev Christopher Loveless, of St Margaret's Church in Warnham, was found hanged in woodland near his home.

The 53-year-old is said to have been "struggling with stress" at the time of his death. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Bishop of Horsham Mark Sowerby paid tribute to the priest as tearful parishioners attended Sunday service.

He said: "It is impossible for me to put into words the loss this represents to his family, his parents and all of us. Christopher was a talented, experienced parish priest, much-loved in this parish where he had served since 1999.

"His sudden death comes as a profound blow, not only to his family but to many present who loved and admired him and all who benefited from his gentle, pastoral care."


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