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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.


CCTV released in connection with unprovoked attack

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an unprovoked attack Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating an unprovoked assault in a bar in Canterbury High Street have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.

Officers were called to The Cuban in High Street, Canterbury at about 2am on Tuesday 28 October following reports a man had been punched in the face.

The victim, a 19-year-old from Canterbury had been in the bar with his girlfriend when a group of three men have tried talking to her. When she rejected their advances they turned on the victim and put him in a headlock while another man punched him several times to the face.

The suspects have then left.

The victim received swelling to his nose and was treated at hospital.

“We have carried out a number of enquiries and now have an image of someone we would like to speak to. If anyone knows this person please get in touch."

– Investigating officer PC Bob McLean

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.

Man who stole children's firewood apologises

A man who stole firewood collected for sale by two children has met them to apologise for his actions.

The 61-year-old enlisted the help of his grandson in stealing two bags of kindling from outside a house in Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury, on Saturday 18 October.

CCTV footage of the scene showed the man driving away in a red Peugeot 407, which was later spotted by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras in Folkestone and tracked down to an address in Ash.

He voluntarily attended Canterbury police station on 18 November and admitted to stealing the wood, which was valued at £8.

Following a discussion with the children’s parents, it was agreed that the man should make amends by meeting the family to apologise.

The children had collected, chopped and bagged the wood and planned to sell it for some pocket money. The man who took it clearly did not consider their feelings but has now accepted what he did was wrong. As well as apologising to the family, he also agreed to pay the children £20 each as a way of making amends for his actions.

– Sergeant Martin Williams

Laughing with The Lord: the clerics giving stand-up comedy a go

Clergy doing stand-up comedy? You've got to be kidding. Well, actually no. Preachers in the Diocese of Canterbury have been given the chance to take comedy classes as part of the Church of England's ministerial development programme.

Hannah Costigan went to meet the vicars learning ways to make their congregations laugh.

Her report includes interviews with Lay preacher, Lynne Watson, Rev Tricia Fogden, Rev Phil Sheldrake, Rev Ravi Holy and comedian Bentley Browning.


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VIDEO: UK's newest wheelchair rugby club

Wheelchair rugby was originally known as 'murderball' thanks to its explosive, crash-contact nature. And now, the UK's newest side has been launched in Kent.

At the 2012 Olympics, Team GB's wheelchair rugby side only had a pool of 200 players to choose from, but that's set to increase for Rio 2016 as more local clubs are established.

Today the new Canterbury side officially launched - with a win. Sarah Saunders spoke to players Rachel Bowen and Kyle Hazelden; Canterbury Rugby Club vice chairman Jonathan Marsh and team captain at the paralympics 2012 - and Canterbury team coach Steve Brown.

Twitter reacts to unwelcome Monopoly property

Canterbury Monopoly has unwanted property

Rogue Rochester Castle appeared on the Canterbury Monopoly Credit: PA

A new Canterbury version of the popular board game Monopoly erroneously features Rochester Castle. Somehow the site found its way on to the board - despite obviously being in Rochester, not Canterbury.

Earlier this year members of the public voted on which landmarks would appear as properties on the board. Canterbury Cathedral was chosen as the top spot - replacing Mayfair on the original UK version of the board.

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