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Barns Green: Church service for level crossing victims

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:00Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:55
A service of remembrance is being held for a boy and his grandfather who died when their car was struck by a train at a level crossing in West Sussex.
A service of remembrance has been held for a boy and his grandfather who died when their car was struck by a train at a level crossing in West Sussex.
Ms Shepherd told BBC Sussex there would be a minute's silence and a candle would be lit during the Sunday service.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's service, Ms Shepherd told BBC Sussex there would be a minute's silence and a candle would be lit.

Actor Emma Watson donates £1m to anti-harassment campaign

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 07:10Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:05
The donation comes as nearly 200 female British and Irish stars have signed an open letter calling for an end to sexual harassment at work.
The donation comes as more than 200 female British and Irish stars have signed an open letter calling for an end to sexual harassment at work.
The fund has been set up by the 190 women who have signed the letter, along with a group of 160 people - including academics, activists and charity workers - to help victims "access support and justice".
The fund has been set up by the women who have signed the letter, along with a group of 160 people - including academics, activists and charity workers - to help victims "access support and justice".
  
Doctor Who stars Jodie Whittaker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tamsin Greig and Noomi Rapace have each donated £1,000.

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:40Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:45
Digital analysts welcomed the development but said that "the devil would be in the detail".
Digital analysts welcomed the development but said "the devil would be in the detail".
Two-thirds of Anglican churches are in rural areas and their location at the heart of their communities mean they are well-placed to help deliver improved mobile connectivity, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.
Two-thirds of Anglican churches are in rural areas and their location at the heart of their communities means they are well-placed to help deliver improved mobile connectivity, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.
Secretary of State Matt Hancock said: "Churches are central features and valued assets for local communities up and down the country. This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th-century building can help make Britain fit for the future, improving people's lives by boosting connectivity in some of our hardest-to-reach areas."
Secretary of State Matt Hancock said: "Churches are central features and valued assets for local communities up and down the country.
There are already around 120 examples of broadband and mobile services being delivered from parish churches across the country, according to the Church of England.
"This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th Century building can help make Britain fit for the future, improving people's lives by boosting connectivity in some of our hardest-to-reach areas."
  
There are already about 120 examples of broadband and mobile services being delivered from parish churches across the country, according to the Church of England.
  
The Dioceses of Norwich and Chelmsford have been signed up to programmes for at least five years.
  
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, said: "Encouraging churches to improve connectivity will help tackle two of the biggest issues rural areas face - isolation and sustainability.
  
"Our work has significantly improved rural access to high-speed broadband."
  
The Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James, said using parish churches "creatively" would enhance their value to communities.
At the time, Lord Adonis, the then chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, urged Ofcom to improve mobile service, which he described as "deplorable".
At the time, Lord Adonis, the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, urged Ofcom to improve mobile service, which he described as "deplorable".