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Church of England unveils £24 million national investment in new churches and evangelism

The Church of England has announced grants of £24.4 million in the latest tranche of its Renewal and Reform programme funding.

04 January 2018

From Waikato to Leeds: Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley moves diagonally

The Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand is to return to her roots after being named as the new Bishop of Ripon in the C of E’s Diocese of Leeds.

10 November 2017

“Fantabulous” news as West Yorkshire church re-opens two-years after flood

A West Yorkshire church will be re-dedicated next weekend, almost two years after it was severely damaged by Boxing Day floods.

27 October 2017

Global gathering of Bishops in northern England

Senior bishops from seven countries with partnership links to the Diocese of Leeds in northern England will meet together for the first time next month.

24 February 2017

Churches offer space for prayers and reflection following murder of MP Jo Cox

Churches throughout West Yorkshire and elsewhere in the UK are hosting vigils and special services following the murder yesterday (Thursday) of Labour MP Jo Cox in her Batley and Spen constituency.

17 June 2016

English Cathedral solves arrow-slit mystery. Or perhaps not

A longstanding mystery about the purpose of the cross shaped arrow slits in the battlements of Ripon Cathedral [in Yorkshire, England] appears to have been partly solved following an onsite visit of two archery specialists, although the results have led to more questions.

19 February 2016

Women bishops: Yorkshire first to vote for fast-track scheme

Yorkshire has become the first place to vote for women to become bishops by the end of the year

03 March 2014

First Bishop of Leeds, in West Yorkshire and the Dales named

Press Statement by the Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

04 February 2014

Welfare Reform must continue says Bishop of Ripon and Leeds

The Bishop of Ripon & Leeds John Packer who retired from the House of Lords on Friday says in a Church of England interview published today that campaigning on Welfare Reform must continue.

28 January 2014

Queen Elizabeth says yes to new diocese

The Queen has said yes to a new single diocese in England for West Yorkshire and the Dales to replace the three existing dioceses of Bradford, Wakefield, Ripon and Leeds. 

11 October 2013