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Herne Bay woman Sonya McCulla said she had planted bombs

A middle-age woman posed as a terrorist and sparked full scale bomb alerts after claiming to have planted bombs in Canterbury. Sonya McCulla, 51, stole a mobile phone from a train and then used it to phone in the threats. She told police and fire services that devices had been planted at Canterbury Cathedral, the council offices, the rail stations, and …

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Team behind plans to revamp Canterbury’s Slatters Hotel hit back at detractors

Developers fronting controversial plans for a new city centre hotel have unveiled fresh images of their vision in an attempt to win round detractors. Plans for the derelict Slatters site in St Margaret’s Street would see a replacement 130-room hotel built – complete with rooftop restaurant. Critics say the proposals are out of proportion and not in-keeping with the surrounding …

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Members sought for BID board CANTERBURY: The controversial Canterbury Business Improvement District is looking for local businessowners to make up its new permanent board of directors. Levy paying members of the BID have all been sent packs telling them how to stand for the board, should they want to. Since being formed last year, the BID has been guided by …

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Historical stained glass to go on show again

Some of the oldest pieces of stained glass in the world will be going on display at their home in Canterbury later this summer. The amazing treasures, which date from the 12th and 13th centuries, will be shown to the public from May until August in the cathedral’s Chapter House. The windows are designed to be observed from a distance, …

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Archbishop embarrassed by Cathedral’s living wage blunder

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted “embarrassment” over revelations that Canterbury Cathedral is offering jobs paying barely over the minimum wage. The Most Reverend Justin Welby waded into political debate last week by demanding a living wage for all workers of at least £7.85 per hour. But critics have since accused the primate of hypocrisy after it emerged the Cathedral is …

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Some Church jobs below living wage

Canterbury Cathedral was one of the Church employers offering pay below the living wage The Church of England pays some staff less than the living wage – despite calling on employers to pay at least that amount – it has been revealed. The living wage, calculated from the basic cost of UK life, is currently £7.85 an hour outside London. …

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Villagers say they are under siege from Grid

Pylon line is just too close for locals RESIDENTS in the village of Broad Oak have vowed to continue the fight against plans by the National Grid to run pylons through the east Kent countryside. Members of the Broad Oak Preservation Society say they feel “under siege” after the plans for pylons connecting electricity from Richborough, near Sandwich, to a …

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Cathedral link confirmed to surviving Magna Carta

EIGHT hundred years after it was signed, one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta has been identified as being from Canterbury. The remarkable discovery unveiled in a new book Magna Carta by Professor David Carpenter, reinforces the role that Canterbury and Archbishop Stephen Langton had in one of the most famous and revolutionary documents in our history. …

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Freedom of city honour for trio

The freedom of the city of Canterbury will be awarded to three high-profile figures tonight (Thursday). Amanda Cottrell, Sir Graeme Odgers and Paul Barrett will receive the honour at a ceremony in the Guildhall in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to the life and wellbeing of the city of Canterbury”. They will join the list of freemen of the city, …

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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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