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The chaplain who's been told he won't be promoted
In Christian terms, it?s far better to be married than
cohabiting with somebody or living, as the Church would put, in sin.
On the anniversary of World War One, the play remembering eight brothers
I am live in Sleaford where preparations are being made to turn
out the lights to remember those killed in World War I.
The Ukrainian woman being sent back to her war`torn homeland despite her
Singing in the rain ` thousands attend a music festival
A Lincolnshire Chaplain has accused the Church of England
of being "behind the curve" by blocking his job promotion
Earlier this year, Canon Jeremy Pemberton became the first Church
of England clergyman to take part in a gay marriage ceremony.
He's now called on church leaders to urgently examine the decision
by the acting Bishop for Southwell and Nottingham to refuse him
England's greatest controversies. Gay marriage became legal in England
and Wales earlier this year. And Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who
works in Lincolnshire, was the first Church of England clergyman to marry
a man, his long`term partner Laurence Cunningham. But now it
But now it seems the marriage has cost him a job.
He was offered the role of chaplain and bereavement manager at the
Trust in Nottinham, but the offer was withdrawn after the Bishop
refused to grant him a licence in the area. Speaking from abroad,
Canon Pemberton gave me his reaction.
I think the Church of England is clearly behind the curve in relation
to where society is, because I think for most people ` not everybody,
some people don't like the idea of same`sex marriage ` but most people
regard it as a completely uncontroversial thing now, I think.
In a statement, the Right Reverend Richard Inwood, the acting Bishop
Pemberton currently works as a hospital chaplain, we asked if
people minded having a gay man in the clergy.
Just personally, I don't particularly like it. No. Why should
anyone? It's 2014. And some within the church are
calling for a change in attitude. It's really important lesbian and
gay couples, priests within the church should marry, should commit
themselves to each other, should legalise their relationship, and of
course in Christian terms, it's far better to be married than to be
cohabiting with someone or to be living, as the church would put it,
It's really important lesbian and gay couples, priests within the
encouraging gay people to do. Canon Pemberton says he will
continue with his role in Lincolnshire, but wants church
better to be married than to be cohabiting with someone or to be
in Lincolnshire, but wants church leaders to look again
Earlier I spoke with Andrew Marsh from the group Christian Concern,
which campaigns to see Britain return to the Christian faith. I
asked him whether Jeremy Pemberton was wrong to marry his partner if he
situation, but it is important to remember it is one entirely of Canon
Pemberton's making. God is clear, the Bible is clear, the church
teaching is clear and the House of Bishops in their statement this
February also very clear that being a minister in the Church of England
is not compatible with entering into a same`sex marriage.
says the church is behind the curve on this one. Is he right? On the
contrary. I think on this, society is behind the curve. What we've seen
in this country in recent decades is the steady but deliberate
dismantling of different aspects of marriage, and this has been a
regressive rather than a progressive step. We are in 2014 now, and views
are very different. Even the bishops can't agree on this one, can they?
There is a great division. The critical thing to recognise is it is
not the role of the church to follow up every trend in society. The
church belongs to God and its first responsibility is to listen to him
society, and the good news of rescue from death and judgement and broken
relationships to society. Part of that good pattern God gives because
The church belongs to God and its first responsibility is to
he loves us is that marriage is between a man and woman.
So if you are a gay or lesbian working as a Church of
England chaplain at the moment in the health service and you try
moving, is the same thing going to happen? Well, I think the Bishop of
Southwell and Nottingham is to be commended for taking a sad decision,
but one that is entirely right in the circumstances. Canon Pemberton
was clearly aware of the situation of the position of the House of
Bishops. Provocatively, sad to say, deliberately, he has gone ahead with
that. As I say, one bishop said that and then the Bishop of Lincoln
Well, I think the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is to
The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is to be commended on
taking this decision, sad as it is. It does raise the question of what
Canon Pemberton was clearly aware of the situation of the position
will happen and whether the Bishop of
Lincoln will take the action that is necessary to ensure clarity and
Let us know what you think of this story. Is the church right to deny
Jeremy Pemberton a job in Nottinghamshire when he's doing the
People across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are preparing to
mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
In the Lincolnshire village of Freesthorpe, a special play has been
Eight brothers from the Beechey family went to war,
Our arts correspondent Anne`Marie Tasker watched the performance.
Right, then, lads! How about those uniforms, eh?
Imagining the moment when the eight Beechey brothers signed up for a war
In their home village of Friesthorpe,
a play has been performed, telling the story of their sacrifice.
Their father Thomas Beechey was the rector here.
His granddaughter's photos show him with his 14 children
Five were killed in horrific circumstances.
I think one died on the wire, was on the wire all night.
But now their story's being told once more and watched by villagers
The audience literally follow the Beechey family on their journey
through the village from the realisation that the brothers
would go to war, to the horror of becoming one of only a handful
After watching the Beechey brothers march away to
I have got two sons who, had I been around during the war,
they would have gone to war on probably not come back, as well.
You can relate to that mother just so easily.
And to mark the event, the bells of the tiny parish church
were repaired to ring out for the first time in 100 years.
It is lovely to have the bells ringing.
Of course, bells fall silent during wartime.
I suppose it's particularly fitting that they should be ringing
In the shadow of a World War I plane, just three brothers returned.
A story of loss and grief felt by thousands of families,
And you can hear the play serialised from tomorrow
Leaving Home is on the Melvyn Prior show from tomorrow until Friday.
The show starts at nine o'clock in the morning.
Tonight, lights will go out at churches, war memorials,
public buildings and even Skegness illuminations, with just a single
light or candle left to commemorate those who died in battle.
Among the places joining the commemorations is Sleaford,
How will they be remembering those lost in the First World War?
Well, Peter, here, they will be turning out the lights at ten
o'clock was just a single candle burning, the gesture at the Royal
British Legion hope will be repeated in a million homes across the
country. Lincoln Cathedral will join them. In Beverley, there will be a
special service. In Skegness, the illuminations will be switched off.
The clock will be frozen at ten o'clock, to encourage people to take
time to remember those who died in World War I. The surface here will
be led by the Reverend Philip Johnson, who is the vicar of
Sleaford. Very much mixed emotions, you are expecting.
At the beginning of the war, a huge range of emotions. Young men full of
adventure and excitement, anticipation of going off to war,
expecting to be home by Christmas. Parents left behind wondering
whether they would see their sons again. We want to reflect that range
of emotions. That loss was felt very keenly in
Sleaford. It was. Homes and families were
touched across the time. Thank you very much. There will be
music tonight, poetry readings and this marker here. It is the marker
from an unknown soldier who died in World War I. The service will
commemorate all 750,000 lives that were lost during World War I.
Police are continuing to question a 27`year`old man in connection with
A 46`year`old man remains in hospital with life threatening
injuries, after the incident on Saturday at the Rutland Arms.
Police want anyone who saw the incident around six o'clock
A million`pound scheme to protect homes in Louth
Anglian Water says it's installing larger sewers in parts
of the town to give more protection to homes and businesses.
The work should be completed next year.
It's understood that talks have begun with
Lincolnshire County Council over the future of local libraries. There's
been a long campaign to save the service.
Last month, a High Court Judge ruled that the
council unlawfully decided to hand the libraries over to volunteers.
Greenwich Leisure, a not`for`profit company,
is believed to have met with representatives from the authority
A Ukrainian woman married to a British man from Lincolnshire has
been told by the Government that she must return to her war`torn
homeland. Halyna Ward married her husband Michael a year ago. She
currently lives with him in Binbrook on a tourist visa, but after appeals
to remain were declined, the Home Office says she'll be removed if she
doesn't leave voluntarily. Phillip Norton reports.
Halyna and Michael met three years ago and married in May last year.
She last entered the UK on a tourist visa but now faces a return home,
to a war torn separatist held area of the Ukraine, after appeals to
She can apply for a sparse Visa but it has to be applied for from her
home country. My house, ten miles,
there is shooting everywhere. Go out from that area with
children and families. The separatists view people
from outside, even from the Kiev My wife's lived
in that town all her life. Everyone knows her,
they know about me. They know that I am her husband,
so it will be extremely dangerous Much of this is about the timing of
the unrest in the Ukraine. The Home Office told them she could return to
a part of the country away from the conflict.
At the situation in the Ukraine not being what it is now, they would
have considered going back and making a further application. What
they were saying in this case was the situation is such that we need
you to consider this case here, because we can't go back to our home
town. The couple have the support of the MP and a 200 signature
petition. In a statement, The Home Office said these applications are
considered on their individual merits, including compelling and
compassionate circumstances and in line with immigration rules. No date
has been given for Halyna to leave the country. The couple are hoping
for a further review by the government.
This is another story we'd like your thoughts on.
Is the Home Office right to insist that
Mrs Ward be sent back to the Ukraine or, from a humanitarian point
of view, should she be allowed to stay with her husband in Binbrook?
Hull Kingston Rovers lose their captain and possibly their chance
Thousands dodge the rain showers for a music festival in Hull.
Healing Station at Dusk taken by Steve McLoughlin.
Another picture tomorrow. Another picture Monday night at the same
time. I mean Tuesday night. Do you need to lie down?
I have not forgiven you for calling me a Jaffa cake.
I do not know what you mean. I meant they are tasty and nice.
I will let you off. And rather orange. I hope you made
the most of the sunshine today to top up your time, Peter. There will
be a bit more cloud developing tomorrow through the afternoon. Into
Wednesday, is very deep area of low pressure will push up from the South
West and bring some heavy rain. They could be the odd light shower about
now. You would be unlikely to catch one. Most places enjoying a fine and
to the deck. And plenty of sunshine. It looks like a fine night, dry with
long clear spells. Temperatures may slip back to around ten or 11
degrees. Tomorrow morning, a bit of a chilly start, especially compared
with recent days, but are largely dry morning with sunny spells. A bit
more cloud developing from the West. Most places will stay dry. Warm is
the theme through the rest of the week. Temperatures tomorrow getting
up to 22 or 23. 22 is 72 Fahrenheit. An unsettled day on Wednesday. An
area of low pressure pushing up from the south`west, with heavy rain at
times. It looks like says they will be a pleasant day with a light
breeze and sunshine. There may be more persistent rain on Friday.
I understand his Lordship is on holiday and we have you for a stint.
Three weeks. Three weeks?
I will be nicer to you. Normally, he takes six.
Hull Kingston Rovers skipper Josh Hodgson has accepted
Hodgson, who began his career at Hull FC,
Here's our sports reporter Simon Clark with more.
This is what Josh Hodgson has been doing to catch the eye in Australia.
He joins a growing number of English players over there.
But yesterday, he could do nothing to stop Widnes in a game billed
Widnes outscored the Robins two tries to one in the first half, Kris
It failed to improve for Chris Chester's side
in the second half, Widnes scoring again before Jason Chan put the
On Friday, both Hull FC and and St Helen's paid tribute to
their former player Steve Prescott, who died last year aged 39.
Hull then set about eating the leaders
Richard Hall and Tom Lineham gave Hull a half`time lead,
and they held on to secure victory by 19 to 12, but still face a battle
Lincoln City have revealed their new kit ahead of the first
They're returning to the traditional red and white
They'll face Kidderminster Harriers at Sincil Bank on Saturday.
If we can steer clear of injuries, we think we've got a decent 14,
15 players, really, that can have a decent run at it this season.
The atmosphere in the changing room's really good.
Hopefully, there'll be a big buzz around the club this
The Butterfly Hospice in Boston is about to welcome
Thanks to everyone who's been in touch after we told you about
the work which has started to build a multi`million pound entertainment
Tourism bosses say the new attraction will bring extra
visitors and help it compete with other British resorts, we asked what
The Butterfly Hospice in Boston is about to welcome
its first patients after standing empty for more than three years.The
six`bed unit was formally opened by the Princess Royal back
in 2011 after more than a decade of public fund`raising.
It will provide end of life and respite care for adults with
A special visitor from Canada has been preparing
for a once`in`a`lifetime flight this afternoon.
Here it is on the runway at Hamilton, Ontario,
It's one of only two remaining Lancaster bombers.
It's normally on display at the Canadian Heritage Warplane
Musem, but this weekend will fly in to meet the Lancaster of the
This is a once`in`a`lifetime opportunity. There are only two
flying Lancaster is in the wild. We are fortunate enough to have one of
them, and the other one is the one coming over from Canada. It really
will be something that is very unlikely to be repeated.
We will be following that. Around 30,000 people filled
Hull's Fruit Market at the weekend It's the third time
the festival has taken place. More than 150 different acts
performed over 11 stages ` many in pouring rain `
as Jill Archbold reports. The true test of a British
music festival, This year's Humber Street Sesh
passed as 30,000 people were not I have come
as a designated washer`upper. It's the third time
the Fruit Market has played It's hard to believe these were
the scenes last year when Despite charging a small entry
fee for the first time, many were I mean, you don't have to pay
big bands big money like they do Everyone in Hull goes to Leeds
Festival or different cities for a similar experience `
and why go to a different city when It's the success of events like
this one which helped Hull secure This time around proved
the crowds will support the city's festivals,
whatever the weather. Let's get a recap of the
national and regional headlines. A day
of commemoration is held across the UK to mark 100 years since Britain
entered the First World War. A Lincolnshire chaplain accuses
the Church of England of being "behind the curve"
by blocking his job promotion What are we expecting this evening
in Lincolnshire? At ten o'clock, the lights will be
turned out here in Sleaford. A single candle will be left burning.
It is part of the gesture that will be repeated across the country to
remember those that died in World War I. There will be music, poetry
and remembrance of the 132 men who lost their lives from Sleaford. It
will be a service that is reflected on many parts of East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire tonight. Thank you.
A big response on the story of Chaplin Jeromy Pemberton.
I wonder if a good lawyer could prosecute the church? If anybody
else used such discrimination, they would become law. Somebody else
said, it is not normal. Sarah said, I am sick of religion being used to
explain away and excuse closed minded bigotry. Gena says, the
church needs to change its new on gay marriage, the Bible was written
2000 years ago when gay marriage was not the norm, how can society today
be expected to follow an outdated text and no longer relevant? Thank
you for those and for watching. Join me later. Goodbye.