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St Mary in Silouette by Paul Kidd
St Mary in Silouette by Paul Kidd
Parishes of Leckford, Longstock and Stockbridge are in vacancy.
Please contact churchwardens with any queries.
Dawn Williams.  Leckford 810724
Maddie Hedley. Longstock 810284
Geoff Cox. Stockbridge 810055
 (all with code 01264)
emails:
Leckford: dawney542@btinternet.com
Longstock:
mjh723@btinternet.com
Stockbridge:
geoff@medlarcottage70.plus.com
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BBC Front Page News

Brexit: Theresa May joining EU summit after surviving vote

The prime minister is back in Brussels to seek new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop.

Primary school tables: Poor pupils won't catch up for 50 years

As primary school league tables are published, we reveal how long it will take for poor pupils to catch up.

Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara

At least nine people have been killed and dozens hurt in the crash in Ankara, officials say.

EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget

The BBC is building a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expanding the external EastEnders set.

Sit-down meals 'less healthy than fast food'

Only one in 10 meals was classed as healthy which is a cause for concern, say researchers.

Hospitals 'overcrowded' ahead of Christmas

Winter pressures are beginning to bite as hospitals report too many patients are on wards and ambulances face delays at A&E.

'Every day I go to work and pray I'm safe'

Hotel room cleaners have long battled sexual harassment by guests. Now they are hitting back.

Strasbourg: Police make public appeal in Chérif Chekatt manhunt

A third death is confirmed after police name Chérif Chekatt, 29, as the suspected killer.

BBC news for Hampshire

Body found after house engulfed in blaze on the Isle of Wight

Firefighters battled throughout the night but the single storey house was destroyed by the fire.

Actor Hugh Bonneville to help budding actors

Actor Hugh Bonneville wants to provide more opportunities for young people to pursue a career in acting.

Aldershot motorbike crash: Woman dies

A female pedestrian died and a male motorcyclist remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Christmas dinner stolen from Portsmouth retirement home

Retirement home residents had saved up all year to buy food and rink for a communal festive dinner.

Clapham Junction rail crash 1988: Events remember the dead

Wreaths are laid to remember the 35 people killed near Clapham Junction station in south London.

Portsmouth care homes to close to balance budget

The authority has promised to relocate staff to other areas.

Minister says £1 sale of Camp Hill prison to council in doubt

Prisons minister Rory Stewart says he would pay Isle of Wight Council £1 to take on the former jail.

Southampton baby murder trial: Mum denies 999 call delay

A teenager tells a court she did not delay calling an ambulance when her baby was fatally injured.

AskTen - Ten things you may not have noticed last week!

1.      Carney warns UK businesses are unready for no deal. The Governor of the Bank of England said that fewer than half of UK businesses have contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Mark Carney also denied that his warnings were intended to scare the public into backing his favoured type of Brexit, after the Bank said yesterday that leaving the EU without a deal would plunge the country into the worst recession since the 1930s. BBC
 

2.      Legal advice says 'Britain would be trapped in customs union'. Leaked details of the attorney-general’s legal advice suggest Britain would be trapped “indefinitely” in a customs union with Brussels if MPs back Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The PM is refusing to publish the advice because it contains a stark passage that makes clear the UK could end up locked in a “backstop” arrangement with the European Union. The Sunday Times
 

3.      Younger generation more stressed. A survey to ascertain the wellbeing of UK adults found that 18- to 34-year-olds had the lowest score of any other group, with up to 80 per cent experiencing anxiety or stress daily. A confluence of working longer hours, sleeping less, more time on digital devices, plus a nutritionally inferior convenience diet were all contributing factors - but the biggest improvements could be made with the easiest changes: moving more, and getting outside for fresh air and daylight. Psychology Today
 

4.      To excel you need five competencies. The most successful leaders excel at five emotional intelligence competencies: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. These competencies combine in different ways to create distinctive leadership styles. Master the styles, and you can flexibly switch among them as circumstances dictate. [MORE]
 

5.      Five people rang police 8,655 times in 2017. Five people with mental health problems rang London’s Metropolitan Police a total of 8,655 times in 2017, according to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. The police watchdog says that answering the calls cost £70,000, and is warning that police forces across the UK are “picking up the pieces” for poor mental health provision. BBC
 

6.      Is university worth the money? As the Government prepares to publish a review of higher education funding in 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has released the results of an analysis of the tax records of UK graduates now aged 29. According to the report, female graduates earn 28% more (£6,700) on average than their female peers who did not go to university, while men earn 8% (£2,700) more.
 

7.      Council tax to rise after government cuts weaken police. Council tax is set to rise as part of a £700m police funding boost. The move, which could see bills go up by as much as £24 a year for each household in England and Wales, comes in response to warnings from officers about an increase in violent crime and reductions in officer numbers across the country following the government's austerity cuts. The Times
 

8.      Biggest drop in house prices since 2012. House prices fell by the biggest average drop since 2012 last month, according to data from property website Rightmove. The firm says the average asking price for a home fell by £5,222 in November to £302,023. The steepest falls were in London, where the typical asking price fell £10,793 or 1.7%, and south-east England, where it fell £8,647 (2.1%). Financial Times
 

9.  The bottom line. The BBC is planning to spend £10.65m promoting its new audio app Sounds - about 10% of the entire annual budget for BBC local radio. The app brings together the Beeb’s radio, music and podcasts in one place in a bid to attract younger listeners. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

Brexit battles: How May keeps fighting on

It's been a struggle that's lasted two years – but for now the PM's fighting talk means she's kept her job.

Theresa May: 'We now need to get on with the job'

Prime Minister Theresa May thanks supporters after holding off a challenge to her leadership.

Halo brace boy from Long Stratton puts on brave face

A mother from Norfolk has said how scared her family was when doctors said her son needed a halo brace

Actor Hugh Bonneville to help budding actors

Actor Hugh Bonneville wants to provide more opportunities for young people to pursue a career in acting.

Round-up of the day PM faced confidence vote

Wednesday was a busy day for the prime minister but what actually happened?

Prime Minister Theresa May wins Tory confidence vote

Sir Graham Brady announces that Theresa May has won the party confidence vote by 200 votes to 117.

Raheem Sterling row: Is there a racial 'double standard'?

Raheem Sterling has accused the press of helping fuel racism, but does this fit with people's experiences?

Dying woman's wedding wish at Berkhamsted hospice answered

The terminally ill bride married her fiance after it was arranged for her in just 36 hours.