Four new bells for Truro Cathedral haverecently been cast at Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
Last Wednesday (20th October) a party of over a dozen people comprising Diocesan and Truro Cathedral ringers made the 600 mile round trip to witness the historic event. The new bells have been cast to celebrate the centenary of the completion of the cathedral in 1910, and the centenary of the casting of the original bells in the same year. Each of the bells was cast in bronze (a mixture of copper and tin) using techniques and craftsmanship that have changed very little over hundreds of years. The bells, once in place, will make for Cornwall’s only ring of twelve and will attract ringers from within the county and further afield.
At the end of September, Canon Peter Walker will be taking up a new post as Chaplain to the Isles of Scilly. Peter will relinquish his role as Vicar of Feock, but still continue as Canon Pastor, being very much involved with the life of the Cathedral. He will work three months on the Isles and then one month back at the Cathedral until September 2011. This is a new initiative in conjunction with the Bishop and the Diocese and one which will hopefully strengthen links between the Cathedral and the Isles.
A generous donation of £10,000 from an anonymous benefactor has launched an appeal to establish a Memorial Choristership in memeory of Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid.
Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid who died in Afghanistan in October 2009 and who was posthumously awarded the George Cross was remembered in Truro Cathedral at a special Evensong yesterday (Sunday 27 June) attended by family members and the Friends of Cathedral Music.
During the service the local Truro and Exeter Branches of the Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM), including the national Chairman, Professor Peter Toyne, made a presentation to the Chapter on behalf of an anonymous FCM donor from the North of England to help fund a choristership specifically in memory of Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid, former Head Chorister of Truro Cathedral Choir.
Professor Toyne said, “In succeeding generations, successive holders the FCM Olaf Schmid Memorial Choristership will be reminded daily of their distinguished predecessor – this most special Head Chorister, soldier and national hero. What more fitting memorial could there possibly be to one who has paid the highest price to safeguard the priceless heritage of our culture and our freedom?”
Anyone wishing to give a donation to help establish the Olaf Schmid Choristership is welcome to send a donation (Cheques should be made payable to (Truro Cathedral Olaf Schmid Memorial Choristership) and send to Truro Cathedral, 14 St Mary’s Street, TRURO, TR1 2AF
The glorious sound of the bells of Truro Cathedral can be regularly heard ringing out around the city, calling worshippers to services and marking special occasions.
On Monday, 21st June they rang for a very special occasion – they rang for themselves! The Cathedral bells were a hundred years old and to mark the anniversary a quarter peal of 1296 changes of Grandsire Caters was rung by the Cathedral ringers and other members of the Diocesan Guild of Ringers.
During Lent the Cathedral has a series of events and activities
that explore the icon tradition from Eastern Christianity.
IKONS Exhibition from 22 Feb to 27 March
The Theology of Icons, a lecture given by Father Benedict Ramsden in Chapter House on Monday 1st March at 7.30pm
Praying with Icons, a lecture given by Father Benedict Ramsden in Chapter House on Monday 15th March at 7.30pm
Icon John in residence 'writing' an icon. Would welcome visitors.
6-27 March 9-5pm most days (times will vary)
The Cathedral Shop has opened a small Faith Shop in the Cathedral. Supplying Communion, Confirmation, Baptism and Christening Cards as well as Bibles, Icons, crosses, crucifixes, rosaries, prayer books, etc.
Open 10-4pm in the North Transept.