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Leap of faith: congregation raises cash for new church

It was a bit of a leap of faith: A small community of Staplehurst Free Church near Maidstone pulled down their old building - and then began the urgent task of raising money for a new one.

And they aimed high. The hundred strong congregation needed more than a million pounds for their new church.

Hard work, sponsored walks, church fetes, and bring-and-buys - and a grant, got them the money they needed.

Kevin Harrison has been speaking to Ryan Ahern, the Assistant Pastor and Architect Richard Hawks. Click on the link above to see his report.

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Pipes played by Handel to make music again

The organ at Holy Trinity Church in Gosport Credit: ITV Meridian

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 pipes played by Handel Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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Church silver stolen in Bordon

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.”

– PC Ben Vanes, Hampshire Police

New Bishop pleased by new role

“It is a daunting and exciting challenge to be asked to serve the people of Sussex as the next Bishop of Chichester. I look forward very much to learning more about the mission in which we shall be engaging together, though it will be a big wrench leaving the North East so soon.”

– Bishop Martin Warner, New Bishop of Chichester

These are challenging times for the Church and for its Bishops. The Dean and Chapter and all at the Cathedral look forward to welcoming Bishop Martin and assure him of our prayers and good wishes as he prepares for his new ministry in Chichester.”

– The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling, the Dean of Chichester
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