Live updates

Campaign to save historic bell-tower launched

Hawkshead's historic parish church Credit: ITV Border

A campaign's been launched to save the bell-tower of one of the Lake District's most historic churches. St. Michaels and All Angels in Hawkshead dates back originally to around the year 1300.

But its bell tower is now in need of urgent repairs if they are to continue ringing. Tim Backshall reports:

Sod-cutting for new Dumfries Church

The new Church will be on Gillbrae Road Credit: Dumfries Baptist Church

A sod-cutting ceremony has taken place for the new Dumfries Baptist Church on Gillbrae Road.

A crowd turned out to see the first cut in the soil for the £4.5 million complex which is expected to be completed by Easter next year.

The Church congregation have raised three-quarters of the total amount required to pay for the project.

Building is expected to get underway next week.

It's been fantastic to see the response of the Church family, to see the way people have given sacrificially to this project.

– Rev. Alistair Purss


Watch: church helping people battle debt

Churches in Cumbria are offering advice to people struggling with debt... and are even helping them negotiate with their creditors.

Tim Backshall went to find out about the scheme, which is now being started at a church in Penrith:

Debt advice: who can help?

A church in Eden is offering an advice service to help people who are in debt.

Penrith Methodist Church has joined forces with the charity Christians Against Poverty, one of a number of organisations that can help:

The Penrith chapter of Christians Against Poverty can be contacted free on 0800 328 0006


Load more updates