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‘Downward Spiral is hurting our country’

Archbishops attack economic inequality in new book REGIONS of the UK are trapped in an “inescapable economic downward spiral”, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who worked in the oil industry for 11 years before becoming ordained, in a scathing attack on inequality Divided Writing in a book of essays — On Rock Or Sand? – published alongside the Archbishop …

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Buskers from Keep Canterbury Live Campaign launch petition against Canterbury City Council powers to destroy instruments

Street performers are at the mercy of bureaucrats who can pass judgment like a “poor man’s Simon Cowell”, campaigners claim. A petition is calling on Canterbury City Council not to use controversial new laws to silence street musicians and even destroy their instruments. New powers adopted this year allow officials to order buskers to move on if their performances are …

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Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury in close run race to win a minibus

There could be a double celebration for the Kent MS Therapy Centre following the opening of its new £1.3 million building in Canterbury this week, because the charity is also in the running to win a £36,000 Mercedes 17-seater minibus and currently lying a close second. Now it is appealing to people to go on-line and vote for them by …

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Kent and Canterbury Hospital patient Vicki Adams claims she has been “psychologically traumatised” following routine treatment

A hospital patient claims she has been “psychologically traumatised” following routine treatment for kidney stones. Vicki Adams is accusing Kent and Canterbury Hospital of a litany of care blunders and says her cries for help fell on deaf ears. Her horror stories include a soiled wound dressing found in her sheets when nurses told her she could make her own bed. …

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Welby: UK must keep looking outwards

Most Rev Justin Welby will talk about the many disasters and wars in 2014, and how the UK must continue to contribute to the world. It will be broadcast at 12:45 GMT from the National Memorial Arboretum. The archbishop was unable to deliver his Christmas Day sermon because he was suffering from pneumonia. In his new year address, he will reflect …

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Two Canterbury university professors among the list of recipients of awards

A university professor whose work enabled intellectually-disabled athletes to compete in the London Paralympics is among six people from the district to be recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Professor Jan Burns, who is Head of School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology at Christ Church University, has been awarded an MBE after creating an eligibility system for them. She was …

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Ukip leader doesn’t get kick out of pathetic phone app

Nigel Farage has condemned as “risible and pathetic” a phone app featuring a character called Nicholas Fromage kicking immigrants off the White Cliffs of Dover. The Ukip leader says the game — developed by a group of Canterbury school pupils – “crosses the line”. In it, players control the Fromage character and compete to kick immigrants as far as possible …

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Row over police request for names at fracking meeting

A ROW over whether Kent Police asked Canterbury Christ Church University for a List of all the attendees to a fracking debate last month has taken a new twist. Outrage was expressed by campaigners, counclilors and members of the public when it was revealed last week that the force contacted the university; which hosted the meeting, asking for the names …

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Taking a look at what goes into making artisan cheese

Public demand leads award-winning business to run festive tours AWARD-WINNING cheese-makers opened their doors in the run-up to the Christmas period for their loyal customers to see how things are done. The Cheesemakers of Canterburg based in Dargate, near Faversham, was only established in 2008 but has already been turning heads in the World Cheese Awards. In 2011 their popular …

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