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  1. Sarah Saunders @SSaundersITV

Celebrating 20 years of female priesthood

Today a special ceremony was held at Canterbury Cathedral to celebrate 20 years since the ordination of the first female priests.

Women who were ordained as part of the fundamental change to the Church in 1994 attended, as well as more recently ordained priests.

The Church of England is now under pressure to appoint woman Bishops. In her report Sarah Saunders spoke to The Rev Sarah Chapman and The Rev Eileen Routh.

Kent hospice to stop inpatient care

A hospice in Kent will stop providing inpatient care in Canterbury within the next two years.

Pilgrims Hospice plans to look after terminally ill patients in their own homes, hospitals and care homes. It'll keep inpatient beds in Ashford and Thanet.

We have to make Pilgrims Hospice more responsive, equitable and accessible, and to focus on our core responsibility of providing expert palliative and end of life care. By spring 2016 we aim to provide more of our care in the community and at bedsides in hospitals and care homes.”

– Chief Executive, Steve Auty

The new strategy will allow Pilgrims to redeploy staff into the heart of the communities in east Kent. This will mean Pilgrims will no longer provide inpatient beds in the Canterbury hospice building but will keep inpatient beds at its other hospices in Ashford and Thanet.

Canterbury will remain an important centre as Pilgrims increases its investment in the delivery of education and development of its own staff and volunteers as well as for health and social care professionals across east Kent.

These are exciting changes for Pilgrims Hospice. They will allow us to deliver more care in people’s homes, where many want it, while still retaining expert inpatient hospice beds. We hope we can make these changes without compulsory redundancies, offering people new opportunities with Pilgrims. Together we will work to make Pilgrims Hospice fit for the future.”

– Chairman of Trustees, Dr Richard Morey


Man banned from going to football matches for 3 years

Michael Andrew O'Shea has been banned from attending football matches for three years Credit: Kent Police

A Canterbury man has been banned from attending football matches for three years following an incident in Gillingham.

Michael Andrew O'Shea was caught shouting abusive language and threats to opposing fans.

He was warned by officers about his language, but he continued to incite violence.

The 51-year-old was then arrested and later charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence.

He has now been banned from attending any regulated football matches.

Magistrates also fined him £350 plus £85 costs and £35 victim surcharge.

PC Geoff Greensmith, Kent Police Football Liaison Officer said, "This outcome sends a strong message to anyone found committing football-related offences at or near a stadium- you will be arrested and put before the courts.

"O'Shea is now banned from travelling to and attending football matches at home and abroad for three years."

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Do not pass GO; Do not collect £200!

Now what do you think links a top hat, a car, a dog and an iron? It's the board game, Monopoly - those are the classic pieces. It's normally based around London of course but now the makers have announced a version for Canterbury.

It beat off all the other towns in Kent in a public vote - and now there's ANOTHER vote to choose which locations in the city will make it onto the board.

David Johns reports, speaking to game developer Dan Taylor and Nick Papadopulos from Canterbury Cathedral.

Nominations for locations should be sent to or by post to: Canterbury Monopoly, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ

Two men jailed for 'unprovoked' attack

Two men have been jailed for a total of nineteen years following the death of a man in Canterbury in what police say was an unprovoked attack. David Wilkes was found unconscious in Dane John Gardens last July.

Lloyd Thorne, 22, and Peter Clement, 51, both of no fixed abode, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

Lloyd Thorne and Peter Clement were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: Dorset Police

The court had heard how David Wilkes, 35, had been with friends in Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, on 23 July when he was assaulted.

At around 7pm, police were called to the scene where Mr Wilkes lay unconscious and bleeding.

He was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness and died on 29 July 2013.


Kart race tribute to young racing driver

Ryan Lawford Credit: Lawford family

Rallycross drivers have been joining staff from Canterbury Cathedral today to pay tribute to the late racing driver Ryan Lawford. The drivers gathered at Buckmore Park in Chatham to compete in teams of three in a 90-minute endurance kart race to raise funds for the Demelza Hospice Care.

Ryan, who was a successful rallycross driver for many years, was a popular figure in both the motorsport and the local community. An inquest last year heard the 26-year-old was found dead in his garden shed.

Living with an incurable disease

More than 1000 people in the South East are living with a condition that has no cure - multiple sclerosis. The disease is related to the nervous system and affects people differently. Some struggle to walk whilst others have vision or speech problems.

The Kent MS Centre in Canterbury has been offering support and therapies to ease the symptoms of MS for the last thirty years. Now, the charity has raised 1.6 million pounds to build a new bigger and better therapy centre - which will open by the end of 2014.

In this clip, two of the current members and fundraisers talk about living with MS and what the new centre means for them. Mary is a young mum from Ashford. Amy from Dover was diagnosed at the age of 15 and is training to be a nurse.

Big plans for new therapy centre

Work is underway to build a new therapy centre for people living with multiple sclerosis. For 30 years, a centre in Canterbury has been supporting those affected by the condition. But it was struggling to cope with increased demand for its services. So a decision was taken to expand.

It's taken fundraisers 15 years to raise the 1.6 million pounds needed to fund the new centre. Manager Karen Middlemiss explains what it means for people in Kent.

New hope for people living with MS

Every week 50 people will be diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis - a disease that has no cure. It affects people in different ways - memory loss, vision problems and some struggle to walk. For the last 30 years, one charity in Kent has been supporting those who are coping with the condition.

And now they're starting to build a new therapy centre. Our reporter Nashreen Issa went to see the centre and spoke to fundraiser Mary Daly, centre manager Karen Middlemiss and some of the members of the group in Canterbury.

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