Wells Cathedral fall: Woman
rescued from bell tower
29 April 2014
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This extremely dramatic rescue of a 68 year old woman took place from the
roof of Wells Cathedral (where I
volunteer twice a month as a
Welcomer - NOT a Guide), on
Tuesday the 29th April. I think
you will find this of
considerable interest. Wells
Cathedral is one of the most
beautiful I have ever seen.
The choir is magnificent and
there is a vibrant worshipping
community. I am privileged to
be able to volunteer there.
Sherborne Abbey also has a
community. I was there this
past Sunday April 28th, 2014.
The choir is excellent
22 March 2014 Last updated at 06:39
Somerset project helps 580 troubled
declares 'free state' in Somerset
By Steve Hawkes
Sunrise captures the counter-cultural
spirit of the UK free-festival movement
One of the earliest of the UK's outdoor
summer festivals is abandoning the
organic farm on which it has been held
since 2009, after heavy rain turned the
site into a sea of mud last year.
And it is the second time the Sunrise
festival, which starts on 30 May, has
relocated following a washout.
In 2008, flash flooding caused the third
annual event to be abandoned just after
the gates had opened, leaving hundreds
of festivalgoers stranded.
This year's location remains a secret.
Even the festival's management offices
have relocated this year - from
Glastonbury to Frome, in Somerset.
And the new production team is promising
"a complete shake-up and shift in
31 December 2013
London to 'taste' New Year's
celebrations at fireworks display
Revellers will be able to watch the
fireworks and "taste" the atmosphere
Revellers celebrating the New Year in
central London will be able to "taste"
the atmosphere with flavoured mist,
"snow" and confetti released.
About 150,000 people are expected to
attend the annual fireworks display on
the banks of the River Thames.
Clouds of apple and cherry mist and
peach snow will be released into the air
and people will also get scratch 'n'
sniff programmes and fruit sweets.
The mayor said it was among the world's
"most dazzling firework displays".
Boris Johnson said:
"There is no better way to celebrate the
highs of 2013 and the start of an
exciting new year."
BBC London weather forecaster Sara
Thornton said there would be
scattered showers at midnight .
25 December 2013
Christmas is marked on the 25
Holy Family, Mary and Joseph with the
Christmas is a Christian holy day that
marks the birth of Jesus, the son of
The story of Christmas
Jesus' birth, known as the nativity,
is described in the New Testament of the
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke give
different accounts. It is from them that
the nativity story is pieced together.
Both accounts tell us that Jesus was
born to a woman called Mary who was
engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The
Gospels state that Mary was a virgin
when she became pregnant.
In Luke's account Mary was visited by an
angel who brought the message that she
would give birth to God's son. According
to Matthew's account, Joseph was visited
by an angel who persuaded him to marry
Mary rather than send her away or expose
Matthew tells us about some wise men who
followed a star that led them to Jesus'
birthplace and presented him with gifts
of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Luke
tells how shepherds were led to
Bethlehem by an angel.
According to tradition, Joseph and Mary
travelled to Bethlehem shortly before
Jesus' birth. Joseph had been ordered to
take part in a census in his home town
All Jewish people had to be counted so
the Roman Emperor could determine how
much money to collect from them in tax.
Those who had moved away from their
family homes, like Joseph, had to return
to have their names entered in the Roman
Joseph and Mary set off on the long,
arduous 90-mile journey from Nazareth
along the valley of the River Jordan,
past Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Mary
travelled on a donkey to conserve her
energy for the birth.
But when they arrived in Bethlehem the
local inn was already full with people
returning for the census. The innkeeper
let them stay in the rock cave below his
house which was used as a stable for his
It was here, next to the noise and filth
of the animals, that Mary gave birth to
her son and laid him in a manger.