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Archbishop to attend special event in Winchester

The special event will be held in June Credit: ITV

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be joining Christians of all denominations in Hampshire for a special Beacon event at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 4 June.

This event will be the culmination of a ‘wave of prayer’ across the country, part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Christians from across the world will sign up and join in prayer for the nine days between the Christian feasts of Ascension and Pentecost.

Dean of Salisbury to become Bishop in Wales

A new appointment for the Dean of Salisbury Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

The Very Revd. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, has been chosen to be the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff, responsible for a diocese which serves most of Cardiff, the South Wales Valleys and the Vale of Glamorgan.

One of the most senior priests in England, June Osborne has served as Dean for the past 13 years, leading the ministry of Salisbury Cathedral. She was the first female Dean to be appointed to a medieval cathedral, having previously served as Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer for nearly 10 years.


Would you spend the night in a church?

Most of you have probably heard of 'glamping' - posh camping where you might sleep under canvas but with lots of luxuries throw in. But what about 'champing'....camping in a church! Sarah Cooper reports.

Gravesend celebrates Vaisakhi

Thousands of people turned out in Gravesend to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

We speak to some of those who joined the procession including:

Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains, Gravesham council; Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Equality Cohesion Council; Jasbinder Biring, co-organiser and Cllr Samir Jassal, Gravesham council.


'Biggest building project in 500 years' offers rare views of Canterbury Cathedral - full report

It's the most famous landmark in the South East - attracting almost a million tourists a year. Now Canterbury Cathedral is undergoing its biggest restoration ever.

The conservation scheme called 'The Canterbury Journey' is costing close to £25million. A painstaking process mixing engineering with a place of quiet daily worship.

The first step - an enormous scaffolding built inside the cathedral - is now almost finished and offers stunning views of the building itself.

Andy Dickenson went to take a look and spoke to site manager Matthew Butler, head of conservation Heather Newton and Mark Hosea, project director.

Tourists flock for an encounter with a religious masterpiece - in Goring, Sussex

The great works of art can, of course, be found in the likes of Paris, London, New York and Rome...

But in recent times tourists have flocked to a new destination - a small church in Goring, in Sussex, for an encounter with a masterpiece.

It's 25 years since parishioner Gary Bevans completed his recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

As Andy Dickenson reports, speaking to Anne Niven, Parish secretary of English Martyrs Church, it now has truly global appeal.

Southampton mosque opens its doors to visitors

Mosques across the south opened their doors to visitors yesterday as part of a national scheme to build bridges between communities.

Among them was the Medina Mosque in Southampton which had expected a hundred visitors throughout the day but got many more.

They were able to go on guided tours and ask any questions they had about Islam.

Interviewees are Rashid Brora from the Medina Mosque and Charlotte Barton who visited the mosque.

Residents invited to visit their local mosque this weekend

Credit: ITV News Meridian

Around 150 mosques across the country will open their doors to the public on Sunday. The event aims to dispel negative perceptions of Islam and educate more people about the religion.

Organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, six mosques in the ITV News Meridian region are welcoming in visitors this weekend.

Among them: the Medina Mosque in Southampton, Portsmouth Central Mosque, Camberley Mosque, the Aisha Masjid & Islamic Centre in Reading, Maidenhead Mosque and the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.

The Visit My Mosque initiative hopes to shine a light on how British Muslims are helping their local communities, from providing meals for the homeless to visiting the elderly and sick.

For more details go to the VisitMyMosque website.

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