Miscellany

Cathedral is open for worship

SALISBURY Cathedral is open for public worship from Sunday 5th July. The opening of churches and cathedrals – including Salisbury and Wells – follows three weeks in which they have been partially open for private prayer and contemplation. After more than three months lockdown, the first public service in the Cathedral will be a Eucharist…

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Yoga in lockdown

MOST people think that yoga is about contorting yourself into weird shapes and learning to relax, says Blandford-based yoga teacher Sarah Ryan, who is offering an introduction to non-practioneers via her website. “You definitely do learn how to relax (and most people in our culture really need that), but it really isn’t about weird shapes…

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Cathedral re-opens for private prayer

SALISBURY Cathedral is open for private prayer from Monday 15th June, following government and Church of England guidance. With this week’s television dramatisation of the Salisbury poisonings, the city will be very much back in the public spotlight, and many people will want to visit the cathedral, which will be open daily from 10am to…

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Extinction Rebellion calls for post-crisis Citizens Assembly

MEMBERS of Extinction Rebellion Shaftesbury gathered on the town’s famous Gold Hill, asking for a Citizens Assembly to decide our future together during the Covid-19 recovery, which prioritises people and planet over profit. The protest was part of a nationwide XR campaign of physically distanced action. The group says: “We are at a turning point…

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Springhead looks ahead

THE coronavirus pandemic arrived at a bad time for everyone and every business, including Springhead, the environmental education and cultural centre at Fontmell Magna. Springhead has been closed like so many businesses, unfortunately, says director Edward Parker, coinciding “with our busiest and most important time of the year – a time when there are usually school…

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Joy around the world

SURROUNDED as we are by grim statistics and constant reports of death from coronavirus – not to mention the currently under-reported tragedies in Syria and the Yemen – it is easy to forget how much joy there is in simple pleasures. To mark the launch of this year’s international photographic awards, CEWE, the Warwick-based photograph…

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And then there were four!

THE day after the Bishop, Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral celebrated the 800th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone, there was more good news with the hatching of the first peregrine chick in the nest high up on the Cathedral roof – and then a second later in the day. By the…

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Salisbury Cathedral 800th anniversary

SALISBURY Cathedral this year celebrates the 800th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone in its position on the flood plain. But the coronavirus lockdown has forced the Dean and Chapter to make very different plans from those originally envisaged. As a result of the Covid-19 guidelines regarding public worship, services marking the 800th…

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Food Aid Support Service at Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY Support Group has launched a Food Aid support service to supply food boxes for people who are in urgent need. More than 100 volunteers have joined the group, including the Shaftesbury-based private chef and food writer Philippa Davis, who is providing professional help and advice. The support group has teams in place to meet…

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