AN EXPERT theologian shone the spotlight on chaplaincy during a talk at Kendal's Stricklandgate Methodist Church.

Rev Canon Dr Andrew Todd, who grew up in Cumbria, is director of the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. His public talk explained the centre's research and work with chaplains in different settings, to offer a picture of chaplaincy today - its scope, purpose and the range of people involved.

He also spoke about the changing face of religion, belief and spirituality in the life of our society.

During his visit, Dr Todd met Cllr Graham Vincent, of Kendal Town Council, and led a chaplaincy training session for 12 local chaplains.

His talk was organised by Faith and Fire, an independent partnership between some fire and rescue services and faith communities to develop mutual respect.