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Margaret Seward and hubby credit the Seward familyDame Margaret Seward, a former Secretary of Richmond Hill St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Dorset, and pioneer in the British dental sector, has died aged 86.

She was the first Dame within the profession, the first female resident dental house surgeon at The London Hospital, the first woman to be elected to the dentists’ governing body the General Dental Council, its first female president, and the first female to be named Chief Dental Officer for England, and the second woman to be elected President of the British Dental Association.

Read more: Dental pioneer Dame Margaret Seward remembered

resized image Promo 4The Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) has embarked on an ambitious relay across the UK to raise the message of climate justice ahead of COP26.

YCNN will carrying the sail of a unique boat it has constructed, inscribed with the message “Rise to the Moment”.

The relay, supported by Christian Aid and many others, kicked off in Cornwall after the G7 Summit in June and is gradually making its way through Great Britain with the aim of reaching Glasgow, the host city of COP26, in November.

Read more: COP26: Rise to the moment

Thank you credit Nicholas Bartos/UnsplashDelighted by the response of members of the United Reformed Church (URC) to its “Give Thanks for Your Vaccine” appeal, Commitment for Life provides an update on how the money is being spent.

Since the appeal launched in February, more than £30,000 has been raised through generous donations and distributed to Christian Aid which has been on the ground helping poor and vulnerable communities across the world.

Read more: URC vaccine appeal tops £30,000

resized image Promo 1Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) Jo Patterson reflects on the past 18 months and shares her insights on the importance of food and how it has brought communities together in Peckham.

We are in a time of dramatic change where we are supposed to let all the restrictions of the past 18 months go and enjoy our “freedom”. While this is easily said, this change of liberty doesn’t mean freedom for everyone and many are nervous and anxious.

Does this mean we have had our time for Coronavirus? Sadly not.

Read more: Peckham community shares love of food

resized image Promo 88On the United Nation’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, marked on 30 July, the Joint Public Issues Team launches a new campaign to shine a light on forced labour in the textile industry in Xinjiang province, China.

According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, around 80 brands are “potentially directly or indirectly benefiting” from the forced labour of Uyghur muslins in Xinjiang. This includes Adidas, Nike and Gap.

Read more: JPIT launches new campaign to help end forced labour

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