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Another woman bishop for the West Country

Karen Gorham will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherborne on 24 February 2016 Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

The 36th Bishop of Sherborne is to be the current Archdeacon of Buckingham, Karen Gorham.

She started serving God early - helping sharpen pencils in Sunday School - and worked as an administrator before going on to train for the ministry at Trinity College Bristol.

Ven Gorham will be consecrated at Salisbury Cathedral on 24 February, 2016, and will have responsibility for the parishes in Dorset.

I am also keen to get to know those who live in the conurbations, seaside towns, highways and byways of Dorset who might be seeking and searching, in need of support or help, to see where we as Christians can make connections, to ensure that God’s love, hope and grace is shared abundantly.

In the wider diocese I will have responsibility for lay ministry and chaplains, two areas vital to the Church’s ministry in the 21st century, and I also look forward to seeing how that work can continue to thrive through support, encouragement and training.

– Karen Gorham


Assault leaves man with metal plates in his jaw

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault on Bristol waterfront Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are trying to trace a man in connection with an assault in Bristol that left a man so injured he had to have metal plates inserted in his jaw.

It happened at 2.50 am on Sunday 22 November at Bar BSB on the waterfront.

The victim was punched to side of his face by an unknown man who was in the company of another man. Both had Irish accents.

The man police want to speak to is described below.

  • White male
  • Early to mid-twenties
  • Approximately 6 ft tall
  • Medium build
  • Short dark wavy hair
Do you recognise this man? Please let police know on 101 quoting crime reference number 5215046232 Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Campaigners meet to fight Slad Valley building plans

Gloucestershire author Laurie Lee was inspired by the landscape of Slad Valley. Credit: ITV West Country

People who live near Stroud are meeting tonight to discuss a planning application which could see 20 houses built on Slad Valley - the piece of land which inspired Gloucestershire author Laurie Lee.

The residents are worried that construction would lead to further developments.

The plan was submitted by Gladstone Developers, whose bigger plans have already been rejected.

The meeting is being held at 7.30pm tonight, Thursday, 26 November, at the Wesley Rooms in St Alban’s Church, Stroud.


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New figures show house prices rising for the next 5 years

House prices are set to rise by 4% every year for the next five years. Credit: ITV West Country

New figures suggest house prices across the West are rising out of reach of local people.

The Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors is predicting a 4% increase in house prices across the South West every year for the next five years - attributed to a lack of new homes.

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