Where do you turn when you want a loan? A bank? A building society? A friend? How about your local church! Well this morning, Kent's first "community bank" to be held in a church opened its doors for savers and borrowers.
Last year the Archbishop of Canterbury promised to do more to help people affected by debt, and to provide alternatives to high-interest "pay day loans". But are financial services really what the church should be involved in?
David Johns reports, speaking to the Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott, Bishop of Dover; parish priest Rev Lesley Jones; financial expert Justin Urquhart Stewart; and headteacher Patricia Hatt.
A church car park was closed after 25 litres of Hydrochloric acid spilled from a container in Faringdon, Oxfordshire. It happened at 10.15am yesterday. The container and the spill were quickly contained and cleared up by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue crews dressed in protective equipment.
Incident Commander Station Manager Mike Adcock said: 'The quick action of members of the public in calling the Fire and Rescue Service, enabled the service to arrive promptly and effectively deal with the spill.'
Politicians and celebrities have been naming their favourite churches, including some very special buildings in our region - among them the favourites of Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage. David Wood reports.
It's chimed at every service for more than 400 years but now the church bell at Leaveland near Faversham has been stolen. Thieves heaved the 50 kg bronze antique over the edge of the church roof. David Johns spoke to Vicar Diane Webb; churchgoer Michael Peters and PC Preston Frost.
A church organ once played by the composer Handel will be played again at a special concert tonight after falling silent for a year. The instrument was installed at Holy Trinity Church in Gosport in 1747 and for the past year has undergone a major overhaul.
The restoration work was paid for using £167,000 of lottery funding. Now completed, it will be played again this evening during a special concert.
Imagine being given £67,000 only be told to hand it back a few months later. That's exactly what happened to a church in Kent. The money was left in a will by an anonymous benefactor. But a mix-up led to the wrong church getting the cash as Tom Savvides reports.
Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after silverware was taken from an elderly lady's home in Bordon.
Thieves took a number of items from the property on Churt Road, Headley Down on July 12th.
The items included a solid silver inkwell and a silver teapot with a distinct inscription from the congregation of St Pauls.
“I would also like to speak to anyone who may have been offered the stolen items for sale. The items were of sentimental value to the owner and we are keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help us reunite the victim with her property.”