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Archbishop installed as prebend

A former Archbishop of Canterbury is set to be installed as a prebend at a parish church. Rowan Williams, who was the archbishop for 10 years until 2012, will join four other prebends at St Endellion Church. A prebend is a senior member of the church clergy. The post will see Dr Williams help with church activities such as the …

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Two charged after three men stabbed

Two teenagers have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after three men were stabbed in Canterbury. Kent Police said officers were called to reports of a disturbance involving a group of people between High Street and Canterbury West railway station. The three men were taken to hospital following the fight, which happened just before 23:00 GMT on Friday. A 19-year-old …

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Welby seeks gay marriage ‘bridge’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage. The Most Rev Justin Welby told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs he wanted to listen to both sides. He also admitted to moments of frustration on the issue. He did not discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage, saying it …

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Patients ‘freezing’ after boiler broke

Patients endured “tortuous and freezing” conditions for more two weeks on a ward at Kent and Canterbury Hospital because of a boiler breakdown. Up to 40 of them suffering with kidney failure struggled to keep warm while undergoing dialysis on the Thomas Becket ward. And claims by hospital bosses that extra heating maintained the temperature at 22 degrees have been …

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Police under fire after demanding list of fracking debate attendees

University refuses request described as abuse of power by the Green Party Kent Police is under fire this week after it emerged the force asked for list of peopler who attended a fracking debate at Canterbury Christ Church University last month. The force claims it made the demand for reason of “public safety” and to assess “the threat and risk …

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No fat lips, just fat heads…

After Niqel Farage’s clash with Russell Brand in Canterbury, 62% of Kent Online readers ranked the Ukip leader the best of the panelists in an internet poll. Here, Gazette columnist Harry Bell gives his take on who emerged victorious Don King, HBO and MGM Grand present… live from the heart of Las Vegas. Nevada in the red corner Russell “I’ve …

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Personal insults, yelling… and that was the audience

THE Canterbury edition of Question Time has been dubbed the best AND worst in the shows history. But the expected clash between left-wing comedian and campaigner Russell Brand and Ukip leader Nigel Farage was eclipsed by the behaviour of some members of the audience. Former Whitstable resident and campaigner Bunny La Roche, real name Sandra Scammell, hit the national headlines …

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TV documentary reveals hidden life of Cathedral

BBC2 to screen three-part series after filming goes on for a year A THREE-PART documentary series about Canterbury Cathedral will be broadcast on BBC 2 this month, after a year of filming. The one-hour programmes were due to be shown on the last three Fridays of the year, with the final episode going out on Boxing Day. But a last-minute …

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Canine-terbury Tales as dogs chosen for Chaucer statue

THE Chaucer Project, a scheme to erect a two-metre statue of Geoffrey Chaucer and his famous Canterbury pilgrims in the city centre, is picking up steam. The statue will feature Chaucer standing on top of a plinth decorated with pictures of the 29 pilgrims mentioned in The Canterbury Tales. Each pilgrim’s face will be in the likeness of a local …

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Archbishop wants UK families fed

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Government to stop people going hungry in Britain. The leader of the Church of England stepped into the debate about food banks when he supported a report that calls on the state to back a £150m system to combat hunger in Britain. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the Most Reverend Justin …

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