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Thousands attend Gravesend Vaisakhi celebrations

Thousands have attended Sikh Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesend.

Martial arts demonstrations, prayers and dance took place at the town's Gurdwara followed by a packed procession through the streets, ending at the Civic Centre.

We spoke to Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal and Manchandan Kaur Sandhu from the Gurdwara.

Reformed gangster turned preacher asks jail - why have you banned my books?

A reformed gangster turned preacher, who's held workshops for prisoners around the globe, has spoken of his shock after Lewes Prison banned his books.

John Lawson's given talks in some of the world's most dangerous prisons in the hope of transforming people's lives. Yet, when his books were requested by Lewes Prison's chaplain, they were rejected on the grounds of security.

With prison libraries containing books on the Krays, among others, John says he fears he's being discriminated against - either as a former prisoner or a Christian. Andy Dickenson reports.


Conservation work to preserve trees in cathedral grounds

Lime trees have been a well-known feature in the grounds for hundreds of years Credit: Winchester Cathedral

A project is underway to preserve lime trees in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. In recent years they have not been sustaining healthy growth. There are over 300 trees in the cathedral grounds. They are so close together that every tree is poorly. Alternate trees will be removed, allowing the remaining ones to flourish.

Behind the scenes at Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral - one of the most important heritage sites in the region - is undergoing its biggest restoration for centuries.

The cathedral has thrown open its doors, without charge, allowing people to talk to stonemasons, archaeologists and staff.

More Jane Austen tours in Winchester

Jane Austen was buried at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV

Events to celebrate the work of Jane Austen are taking place at Winchester Cathedral. Tours of the cathedral, with an insight into her life, are proving so popular that more dates have been added. Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817, in rented rooms in College Street. She was buried in the north aisle of the cathedral. The tours offer visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with Winchester.

Guides recruited by Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is recruiting guides Credit: ITV

Salisbury Cathedral is holding a special recruiting event for Weekend Cathedral Guides on Saturday 23 September. It’s a chance to meet members of the Cathedral’s award-winning team and an opportunity to find out what volunteering as a guide involves. The main event takes place in the North Transept between 14.00 and 16.00. There will also be a chance to climb up to the West Window, with its amazing view of the Cathedral from end to end.

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