New Look, New Feel, New Images, New Website!
Today Truro Cathedral launched a brand new website with improved features and an easier to use navigation system.
Colin Reid the Cathedral’s Communication Officer expressed himself well pleased with this collaboration with Gendall’s design, a local design company.
"A website is an indispensable communication tool in this computer age, Its so important that the website reflects the aims of the organisation and that of course it is very user friendly. We think this website manages to pretty well achieve those objectives."
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Following the news that Cornwall’s Muslim community had become “homeless”, leaders of Truro Cathedral have sought to offer practical support. Last month the community was told that it could no longer meet at a residential property in Truro and since then Muslim leaders have been seeking to make temporary arrangements while a suitable permanent solution can be found.
The need for a temporary place of prayer has been fulfilled by Truro College, who are providing a multi-faith facility as part of their new developments. However the need for a room at the centre of Truro for the education of young people in the traditions of their faith remains.
With this in mind, Truro Cathedral offered the use of the Pearson Room in the Cathedral Office for two afternoons per week from early January 2005. The group will pay a rent for the use of the facilities and the cathedral management will meet to review things in the middle of next year.
Mr TS Choudhury, whose own children have attended such classes in the past explained, “We will be educating up to 20 young people aged between 5 and 14. With parents working in local restaurants, Treliske Hospital and so on it is very helpful to have a room at such a central point in the City.."
An angel has appeared in the cathedral. It isn't actually one of the heavenly host, it's a sculpture by Tim Shaw. Tim is hoping that other sculptures will be shown later in the year. Tim, who exhibits regularly in London, has created a life size figure “with robes and wings that flicker like fire” with the sculpture attracting much attention by locals and visitors alike.
The new Truro Cathedral Christmas Shop has now opened in the North Transept of the Cathedral and is ready for business.
Don't panic! Christmas day is still some 7 weeks away but the new "temporary" shop is already looking very festive and attractive.
"We have already had a fabulous response from both visitors and locals alike, opening the shop has given everybody a real boost "
James Barker, Shop Manager
The Bishop of St Germans, The Rt Revd Roy Screech, announced at services in the Cathedral today that the Chapter has elected Canon Perran Gay, the Precentor at the Cathedral, as Acting Dean.
The Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Michael Moxon, has decided that he wishes to take early retirement, and he has written to the Prime Minister tendering his resignation from the Deanery of Truro.
"Michael Moxon's contribution to the Church, over the past 34 years, in a succession of posts, has been considerable, and he has helped to make the Cathedral more 'user-friendly' during his time here, and has overseen considerable changes. His many friends in city, county and diocese will wish him well in his retirement."
Bishop Bill Ind, Bishop of Truro
The Cathedral is to introduce clamping to its car park in a bid to rid itself of unauthorised parking.
"It is unfortunate that things have come to this but the truth is that we don't know what else to do. At any time during the week we could have more than 10 volunteers on site needing to park their car while they carry out their duties. With only 11 visitor spaces, our capacity is very tight indeed"”
Richard Glover, Cathedral Chief Executive
If you looked up in the Cathedral today you would have seen a very strange sight indeed.A remote controlled giant helium balloon was hovering some 60ft above the floor. It certainly attracted much attention and was being used to photograph the South Transept rose window to inspect for damage.
"The whole idea is that we can get right up to the window we want to photograph without having to build a load of scaffolding."
Dan Huke, Skycell
Looking from the past to the future was the theme of Truro Cathedral's Annual Report which was released yesterday. The report which covers activities and Accounts for 2003 highlighted some major changes now taking place at Cornwall's Cathedral.
"The Cathedral is seeking to become more overtly evangelistic, provocative and political. We want to put the promotion of gospel teaching at the heart of everything we do." Richard Glover, Cathedral Chief Executive
Truro Cathedral Choir have been singled out as one of the premier Cathedral Choirs in Britain.
This summer they have been asked to make a 7day tour of Austria, Switzerland and Germany giving concerts and taking part in Services, and it will not cost the Cathedral a single penny!
"Earlier this year I received a phone call from Father Johannes Brügger, one of the monks at the Abbey of Mehrerau in Bregenz, Austria. He said that he wanted a top English Cathedral choir to come over and tour this summer. The only way that this was possible was if the tour was sponsored. Imagine my surprise when we were contacted again with news that a grant from the Austrian Government and sponsorship money from an Austrian Bank would make the funding of the tour possible." Robert Sharpe, Cathedral Director of Music.
Truro Cathedral's new guidebook is selling like hot cakes and is smashing all sales records. Since the introduction of the pocket size guide at Easter, sales have topped the 2,000 mark. James Barker, the Cathedral Shop manager, is delighted with this new addition to his product line, "In 8 weeks we've sold as many guidebooks as we did in the whole of 2003! We're absolutely delighted."
"We are very excited with the work we are doing with Truro Cathedral. This guidebook is based on a short tour of the Cathedral and is the first phase of a project that will eventually also see the introduction of a large format Souvenir Guide. Both of these guidebooks will complement each other and provide a comprehensive understanding and interpretation of a living and vibrant building and church community."
Mark Slade, Jarrolds Publishing