Chichester’s Martlet Sword andMorris Men are celebrating their 60th Anniversary this summer by inviting 14 teams of Morris Dancers from as far afield as Yorkshire andCornwall to a Festival entitled “60 years with bells on” over the weekend on the 6th & 7th July 2013.
There will be 3 tours on the Saturday spreading from Littlehampton to Havant with about 180 dancers coming together in Chichester at 3.30 in the afternoon for a massed dancing display on the Cathedral Green.
Many former club members who havemoved away from the area or are no longer able to dance will be coming back tohelp run the weekend, which will be based at Westergate Community College,Westergate.
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Some clerical child abusers may have so far gone unrecognised for their historical crimes within the scandal-hit Diocese of Chichester, a report says.Its authors also report that other survivors of known abusing clergymen may still feel unable to come forward to report their suffering.
The findings of the report, published tonight, have prompted the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Justin Welby, to renew his apology to victims of clerical abuse for their "pain and hurt".
Dr Welby said the Anglican church can never ignore the "hurt and damage" committed to victims who should "never have been let down" by people who should have been trusted.
The final report into the operation of child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex has been published two years after the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, ordered a visitation.
It followed a series of scandals involving clergymen within the diocese which has led to several being arrested, charged and convicted for historic sex crimes against children.
The report's authors, Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC, said the diocese has "moved forward a very long way" in recent months and has put in place "excellent" safeguarding practices.
The diocese is "committed" to preventing any further abuse occurring and to responding effectively to the ongoing trauma of victims that will last "very many years", the report says.