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Week commencing 4th June 2000

7th: The Reform Bill became law in 1832; over 140 parliamentary seats were redistributed. However, many people were disappointed with the Reform Bill, only one in seven men had the vote, there were property qualifications and the constituencies varied greatly in size. 'The Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia: British History 1700-1950' has an article on the 1832 Reform Act.

External Link 1832 Reform Act

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9th: Feast day of St Columba (or Columcille) who was one of the key figures in Celtic Christianity. An Irishman, he brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the sixth century. He belonged to a noble family, and after his ordination as a priest, founded several monasteries in Ireland. After a dispute with the Irish King Diarmuid, he departed to Iona, where he and twelve companions established a monastery. Columba, Abbot of Iona and missionary has a biography of the saint's life.

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External Link Columba, Abbot of Iona and missionary


9 - 10th: Seven weeks after Pesach, the Jewish festival of Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, or Pentecost, celebrates the revelation of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the early harvest in Israel. Traditionally dairy foods are eaten and synagogues are decorated with flowers. See Virtual Jerusalem's Jewish Holidays: Shavuot to find out more.

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External Link Virtual Jerusalem's Jewish Holidays: Shavuot


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