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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

First female Bishop of Taunton officially consecrated

Ruth Worsley is the first female Bishop of Taunton Credit: CofE

The first female Bishop of Taunton will be officially consecrated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am this morning.

Ruth Worsley was previously Archdeacon of Wiltshire.

She will be formally installed in her new post in a ceremony at Wells Cathedral at 2pm Saturday 3 October, which will be open to all.


Bristol's Muslims meet for largest ever Eid celebration

Muslims from different communities in Bristol have come together to pray Credit: ITV News

Thousands of Muslims have come together to take part in Bristol's largest ever Eid celebration.

Worshippers from mosques across the city united in one venue for morning prayers on what is the most important festival in the Islamic calendar.

Eid-al-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice. Where Muslims start the day with prayer before spending time with their family.

About 2,000 Muslims gathered together to pray in this warehouse in Bristol Credit: ITV News

The use of the warehouse was donated by a local Hindu man, Rajendra Rajani - in a display of how a community can work together.

Arif Khan, who is the chair of the Council of Bristol Mosques says he is overjoyed that this is a united Eid that has brought all the different communities in the city together.

Muslim leader in court

Farrooq Siddique Credit: ITV West Country

A former government advisor and Muslim community leader has appeared at Bristol Crown Court charged with a number of rapes, assaults and threats to kill.

Farooq Siddique, who has previously advised the government on tackling extremism, has been charged with three counts of raping a woman in Bristol between 2009 and 2014, as well as assaulting the same woman in Cheltenham in 2010 and in Gloucester between 2013 and 2015.

He told the court he would plead "absolutely not guilty" and was given bail. A plea and directions hearing has been scheduled for 8th February next year and his trial is due to start on 4th April.

Church will be out of use for months after a fire

Fire crews at St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road Credit: ITV News

A Bath church will be out of action for months after being badly damaged in a fire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road yesterday evening, 24 July. Investigators are examining CCTV to help find out how it started.

The fire was in the porch but much of the building and roof was affected by heat, water and smoke damage.

The diocese of Clifton promises that the 19th century building will be repaired but services will be held in the parish hall until somewhere more suitable can be found.

The church is badly damaged inside as well as out Credit: ITV News

Fire crews bring church fire under control in Bath

The service received multiple calls reporting the fire. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A fire at a church in Bath has been contained to a small section of the roof and is believed to be under control.

Crews are now working to remove roof tiles and damp down the scene but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Julian Road will remain closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later this evening.

Eight fire engines including a turntable ladder attended the scene. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service


8 fire engines currently at the scene of church fire

Eight fire engines, including a turntable ladder are currently tackling a fire involving a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Four water jets are being used to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters have been working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Five fire engines tackling church fire on Julian Road

Five fire engines are currently tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Five fire engines are reported to be tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Crews from Bath, Kingswood and Brislington have been sent to the scene.

Firefighters are currently working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof space.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

More updates to follow.

Gloucestershire welcomes its first woman bishop

Rachel Treweek will be Gloucestershire's first woman bishop. Credit: ITV West Country

Rachel Treweek will become Gloucestershire's first woman bishop when she is consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury today.

She will take on the most senior role of all female bishops and becomes the first woman in the Church of England to be consecrated as a diocesan bishop.

Hundreds of well wishers are expected to make the journey from Gloucestershire.

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