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£250,000 awarded to Chichester Cathedral for roof repairs

Chichester Cathedral is awarded £250,000 to repair the historic building Credit: ITV News

Chichester Cathedral has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds to help restore its quire roof which dates back to the 13th Century.

The grant, provided by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, will go towards a renovation project. A total of £4.8 million is needed to carry out major repairs to the cathedral.


New Dean of Chichester to be announced

The new Dean of Chichester will take up the post in February Credit: ITV Meridian

The new Dean of Chichester is to be announced by ten Downing Street today. The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling retired early this year - after twelve years in the post. The new Dean will formally take up the post in February.

The new Dean of Chichester will take up the post in February Credit: ITV Meridian
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Bishop of Chichester - an in depth interview

The Church of England should be "deeply ashamed" of its failure to protect children from sex abuse.

Those are the words of Dr Martin Warner - the new Bishop of Chichester - speaking to ITV Meridian today.

The Diocese of Chichester serves both East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove.

The Bishop has also defended his decision to vote against women becoming bishops. Malcolm Shaw reports.


Edward and Sophie in Sussex

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex are due at Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers later as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The couple will be welcomed to the event by the Dean of Chichester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling.

A Royal visit is always a great encouragement, and we are delighted that the Festival of Flowers is to be honoured in this way. I am sure that Prince Edward and the Countess will have a memorable visit, along with the many thousands who will be attending during the course of the festival."

– Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling

The Festival of Flowers will remain open during and after the visit, although numbers inside the cathedral may need to be restricted a little at times. Well-wishers who would like to see the Royal party can gather outside the cathedral at the front by the St Richard statue.

Entry into the cathedral may be limited during the afternoon, due to the Royal visit, but it will remain open until 7pm.

Chicks or boy birds? Twitchers are confused

The four peregrine chicks at Chichester Cathedral Credit: RSPB

Four chicks from a celebrity pair of peregrines nesting on top of Chichester Cathedral have been ringed with surprising results - for the first time in the history of family, it is uncertain what sex the chicks are.

Graham Roberts, of the Sussex Ornithological Society, said: "I always ring the chicks at about 21 days old when their wing feathers are just beginning to sprout. Usually it is possible to determine their sex with the females being noticeably bigger. However, this year I just couldn't be sure.”