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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.

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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.

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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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First female bishop makes history

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History will be made at York Minister later today when the Church of England's first female bishop is ordained.

The Rev Libby Lane will be consecrated as the new Bishop of Stockport . She's a former hospital chaplain in the York diocese and the wife of a former curate at Beverley Minster.

Rev Lane will be consecrated at York Minister in a service beginning at 11am and presided over by The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev John Sentamu.

The mother-of-two was revealed as the Bishop of Stockport in an historic announcement last December, an an appointment that saw the Church of England break with almost 500 years of tradition. Speaking after the original announcement, she said:

"I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting. I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God."

Army medics to parade through York city centre

York Minster will host a thanksgiving service today Credit: ITV News

More than 200 medics from 65 units across all three armed forces will attend a special thanksgiving ceremony at York minister this morning, before parading through the ancient city centre.

Among the 65 units recognised will be the 34 Field Hospital from the city's Strensall Barracks who returned from Afghanistan last month where they closed down the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

The parade will pass through Duncombe Place at 10 50 am to be inspected before a medal ceremony takes place.

The parade will be watched by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Gillies:

"I am delighted to officially welcome 34 Field Hospital back to York, following their recent deployment, heading up the UK Medical Group in Afghanistan.

We will join them on Duncombe Place for their Freedom of Entry Parade and medals presentation and hope that many people will join us inwelcoming them safely back home.”

– The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies

Traffic restrictions will be in place between 7am and 1.30pm at Duncombe Place, Blake Street, St Helen’s Square, Davygate, New Street, St Sampson’s Square, High Petergate, Church Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurriergate, Market Street, Feasegate and Coney Street.

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