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Sacked Minster bell-ringers' offer falls on deaf ears

York Minster has turned down an offer from the volunteer bell-ringers - who were sacked in October - to ring the bells over Christmas.

York Minster. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images

The bells have been silent since the disagreement, which followed what was called a 'safeguarding decision'.

In October the Chapter of York said the move was part of its commitment to 'a fully trained, motivated and engaged body of staff and volunteers by 2020'.

Today a spokesman said they were still exploring options to allow the bells to be rung at Christmas.

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York Minister: Full house for historic occasion

History is being made at York Minster today for the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop.

York Minster gears up for momentous occasion Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu will ordain the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport.

It comes two decades after the ordination of the first women priests.

Read: First female bishop to make history in York

First female bishop to be consecrated at York Minster

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The first female bishop in the Church of England will be consecrated at York Minster in an historic service conducted by the Archbishop of York.

The Rev Libby Lane is to become Bishop of Stockport. She is the first woman in the church to take on the post, breaking 500 years of tradition.

She will be formally installed as the Bishop of Stockport in a separate service in March.

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