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Bristol Muslim parade to mark the Prophet's birth

Hundreds of Muslims marched through Easton and Fishponds this afternoon (Sunday 3 January), to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

The procession began after prayers at Easton Jamia Masjid on St Marks Road, and headed to Fishponds Madani Masjid on Lodge Causeway.

Prayers at Easton Jamia Masjid before the parade. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

The event was arranged by the city's four biggest mosques - Easton Jamia Mosque, Fishponds Madani Mosque, Totterdown Mosque and Hazarat Bilal Centre.

An imam from the Easton Jamia Masjid (right) gets ready to parade. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

The Prophet Mohammed's birthday – Eid MIlad ul-Nabi – falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, but the actual date changes each year because the Islamic calendar is lunar-based.

One of the smaller marchers. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

I feel this positive action will promote harmony and help people understand Islam much more. In light of recent events it's essential the Muslim community are proactive in positive discussions, actions and dialogue.

– Arif Khan, Chairman of Bristol Council of Mosques
Arif Khan (blue & white scarf) discusses logistics. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell
And they're off! This is St Mark's Road in Easton. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

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


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.


'Sign a slate' appeal for Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral has begun a £3.2 million appeal to repair its roof. The Cathedral is asking for people to 'Sign a Slate'. Sixty thousand of them are needed to restore the roof and each one will record the donor's name. for the hundred years or more the restored roof should last. The Cathedral already has a Government grant of half a million pounds towards the project. The work is expected to take five years.

Truro Cathedral begins appeal to repair it's roof Credit: ITV News

It is people that form the heart of the cathedral and so it was very important to us to find a way for everyone to get involved and feel part of this important restoration project.

– Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush
People can sponsor and sign the new slates Credit: John Freddy Jones

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.

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