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Modern art in a historic space at Canterbury Cathedral

From stained glass to a glass installation of a very different kind at Canterbury Cathedral.

One hundred glass vessels have been hung in the formation of a boat - reflecting on the last 100 years - from the the end of the First World War, through to continuing European tension.

The artists finished suspending the installation late last night and our cameras were the first to see the new work.

Sarah Saunders spoke to the artists and the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.


'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.

Kent Police officers to patrol key locations with guns

From today - for the first time - armed police will be routinely patrolling in Kent.

Officers trained in firearms and taser will be placed at locations including Canterbury Cathedral, the Port of Dover and Bluewater.

Kent Police say it's an important strategy to protect the public in light of recent terror attacks in Europe but others say it will make people feel less safe - not more. Sarah Saunders reports.

Cathedral to host service for lost babies

A service for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy is being held at Canterbury Cathedral today.

It's part of a series of services in cathedrals and minsters across the country.

The Saying Goodbye services have been established by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who have suffered the loss of five babies.

The services aim to remember and acknowledge the lives lost or cut short in a reflective service that is open to people of all faiths or no faith.

The Canterbury service begins at 12.30pm

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Want to meet the Ancestors? Once in a lifetime chance to see 800 year old stained glass.

After a year travelling the world Britain's oldest surviving stained glass has returned home and is going on display at Canterbury Cathedral, so visitors can see it up close for the first time in an exhibition called The Ancestors.

The glass had been in the Cathedral's Great South window but had to be taken out when the stone frame began to crumble.

It will be on show for a limited time - before being returned to its rightful place next year. So you will never have the chance to get this close again.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Leonie Seliger, Director of the Cathedral's stained glass studio and The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury.


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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been Kent today - to meet some of the last remaining members of The Few - the pilots who defended Britain from invasion in 1940. The Queen opened the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne - following in the footsteps of her mother, who unveiled the memorial at the cliff-top site in 1993. As the events of World War two fade from living memory the centre is designed to teach and remind the younger generations of the sacrifices made. Sarah Saunders reports.

First Christmas concert by cathedral's all-girls choir

Canterbury Cathedral's all-girls choir

Tonight for the first time in its history, a girls choir will perform a Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral.

The formation of the all girl choir in January ended a one-thousand year tradition of all male choristry at the Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral's first all-girls' choir prepare for Christmas concert

A unique event will take place at Canterbury Cathedral in December, when its first ever all-girls' choir perform their first public Christmas concert.

The choir was formed in January this year and is made up of 16 mainly local girls aged between 12 and 18 years old.

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Their first performance attracted over 600 people, and they are now busy rehearsing for their Christmas debut.

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They also performed at the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests this year.

The concert will take place on 5th December in the cathedral's Nave.

Cathedrals in the south east to receive funding

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that, Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester, Portsmouth and Rochester cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

31 cathedrals across England will now be able to fix leaking roofs, repair stained glass windows and spires, and carry out many other important works, making the total number of cathedrals receiving funding through the programme 41.

Arundel Cathedral will receive £200,000 for window repairs, Canterbury Cathedral will receive £150,000 for repairs to the north-west transept, and Chichester Cathedral will get £100,000 to replace part of its roof. Portsmouth Cathedral will be able to undertake repairs to its tower and south transept with a grant of £594,783, and Rochester Cathedral will receive £153,000 to repair its roof.

The fund was announced in Budget 2014, and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

Visiting Portsmouth Cathedral which is to receive nearly £600,000.

“Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve. Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago.”

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

“The appeal of cathedrals is vast and enduring. Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy.”

– Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

The £20million Cathedral Repairs Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014. Grants will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building. This is the second round of funding allocations and will be followed by one more. The final round will close in January 2015.

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