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Cathedral News

Funeral of the Revd Canon Peter Goodridge

22nd December 2005

The funeral took place in Truro Cathedral today of the Revd Canon Peter Goodridge. Canon Goodridge retired as Canon Librarian of the Cathedral in 2000.


New Choir CD launched

12th December 2005

Truro Cathedral Choir has won many plaudits for its singing in the past but its latest CD release, Peace on Earth, is set to be its best everPeace on Earth CD cover.

"A feature of the recording is the variety of solo voices on show including a number by the boys of the Cathedral Choir."

Robert Sharpe, Musical Director

Cathedral seeks young talented musicians

2nd December 2006

The opportunity to join one of Britain's finest choirs is now being offered to young and enthusiastic singers in Cornwall. The annual Voice Trials will take place in January for choristerships to the Cathedral Choir. Contact Robert Sharpe, Musical Director at the cathedral on 01872 245002 for further details.

"We are looking for boys who are currently in Years 2, 3 and 4. We are seeking boys with 'potential' rather than any proven musical background or a string of musical credits to their name. "

Robert Sharpe, Musical Director

Truro’s Christmas Gift to the World

1st December 2005

Poster depicting the Reredos in St Mary's AisleOn Christmas Eve millions will be turning on their radios or television sets, not only in the UK, but all over the world, to listen to the annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ from King’s College, Cambridge.

Only a handful, however, will realise that it all first began here 125 years ago in Truro when Edward White Benson, the first Bishop of Truro, created the tradition of this popular service of nine biblical extracts and suitable Christmas music which Benson called a ‘Festal Service for Christmas Eve’.

Spirit of Cornwall Christmas Campaign

25th November 2005

How You Can Help

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, a time when families get together, festive foodSpirit of Cornwall logo is shared, presents are opened and goodwill is in abundance. But what about all those people for whom Christmas is a reminder of their loneliness, a time of past memories and present sadness, despair and depression? Who will look out for them?

Within each Cornish Community there is a spirit of generosity and kindness that is demonstrated time and time again in the ‘Spirit of Cornwall’. Our campaign will seek to harness this generosity of spirit by asking people to help local organisations support the vulnerable, the lonely and the marginalised. Click on the link to see how you can help.

Artist-in-Residence appointed

25th October 2005

We are very pleased to announce that we have an Artist-in-Residence.

This is Victoria Field, a published poet who has been living and working in Cornwall for many years now. She is not only a poet who expresses her own feelings in verse, but has done a considerable amount in working with others, as individuals and in groups, to express their own poetic feelings and thoughts. We feel she would be excellent in involving others in her residency, which will last from this month to around September next year. We welcome Victoria among us, and hope that she finds this time professionally fulfilling and enjoyable.

Country & Western first for Cathedral

25th October 2005

Angelic voises gave way to the earthly strains of Country and Western as the cathedral hosted a Linedancing Service on Sunday. The popular country and western performer Cash McCall led the service with his trusty old guitar as he sang hymns and recollected stories that illuminated his own personal journey of Faith.

"Religion is one of the strongest elements in country and western music. There is room for many different acts of worship at the Cathedral, it is there for everybody."

Canon Pat Robson, College of Canons

Next Archdeacon of Cornwall

16th October 2005

Canon Roger BushIt has been announced  by the Bishop of Truro, that Canon Roger Bush is to be the new Archdeacon of Cornwall.

He will succeed the Ven. Rodney Whiteman, who retires on 31st December. Canon Roger will take up the duties of Archdeacon of Cornwall on 1st February 2006;  he will cease to be a Residentiary Canon of Truro Cathedral. His installation as Archdeacon of Cornwall will take place in the  Cathedral at Evensong at 4pm on Sunday 5th February 2006.

Exciting plans for Cathedral Quarter go on view

6th October 2005

Six sets of architects have submitted ideas for the creation of a new Cathedral Quarter in the area immediately north of the Cathedral.

All the scaffolding is down, all the repairs are done, the stunning west front revealed in all its glory but Truro Cathedral is not sitting on its laurels. It is just about to embark on an exciting and ambitious project to develop the ‘Close’ area to the north of the cathedral.  Six pre-selected architectural teams have just submitted their initial ‘creative ideas’ and these are now on show in the Cathedral. These aren’t the final designs for the Cathedral Quarter Project but will form the basis for the final selection of the architectural team to take the project forward.

New Calendar launched

8th September 05

Today the cathedral launched the first of its 'Inspire' products, a 2006 calendar. In part the calendar celebrates the 125th anniversary of the cathedral and also the end of a major restoration project on the west front. It is available from the Cathedral Shop and online.

Front Cover of Truro Cathedral Calendar 2006

Dean's Installation

1st September 2005

Tickets for the Dean's Installation on Saturday 24th September 2005 are available from Ann Butcher at the Cathedral Office. Please write in to Ann at:

The Cathedral Office
14 St Mary's Street

Artist-in-Residence deadline falls

12th August 2005

Friday 12th August was the closing date for applications to become the latest artist-in-residence at Truro Cathedral.

The process of sifting through the applications will begin almost at once with a short list drawn up for interviews by mid September.


Cathedral seeks ‘Challenging Artist’

1st July 2005

Picture by Jane Cooper -past Artist in ResidenceThis week Truro Cathedral begins the search for an artist-in-residence, building on the success of a similar scheme in 2002. However anyone thinking that this will lead to traditional images of the building will be disappointed.

Canon Roger Bush is managing the project and is hoping for a critical discussion about the role of the Cathedral in the community. “The aim of the residency is to provide a personal and professional development opportunity for an artist”, he explains, “but we do not see this as simply an opportunity to reinforce a romantic notion of the cloistered life of a Cathedral. We have spent a lot of time asking what our cathedral is for and we hope that an artist will come here with a critical eye too”.

(Painting by Jane Cooper -previous Artist-in-Residence)

The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Hardwick to be Dean of Truro

6th June 2005

Picture of Dean Christopher in garden of Lis EscopThe Revd Canon Dr Chris Hardwick, 47, is to be the next Dean of Truro. Canon Hardwick was introduced to the Chapter and to the media on Monday 6th June by Bishop Bill Ind, who said that he was delighted that Canon Hardwick, at present Rector of Upton on Severn, Worcester and five rural churches, had accepted the post of Dean. "Canon Hardwick perfectly complements the skills and considerable talents of the present Chapter," he said "and he comes to the Cathedral at a particularly exciting time, when there is much new and imaginative thinking going on."


Truro Cathedral Music launched

1st June 2005

Truro Cathedral has launched a major initiative aimed at raising more than £150,000 over the next three years to maintain and enhance its role as a centre of excellence through its nationally acclaimed choir. A membership scheme has been introduced, with news, information and special access behind the scenes.

For more information on how to join TCM, contact Robert Sharpe on 01872 245004, or email

Cathedral Choir in concert


"We basically have a Rolls Royce choir running on a mid-range Jaguar budget. The Cathedral Choir is extraordinarily talented - easily one of the top five in the country - and we want to do more with it. We want to do more outreach, more singing, and have more involvement with schools. But all this needs funding, hence this appeal."

Robert Sharpe, Musical Director

Inspire launched

20th May 2005

Inspire logoToday Truro Cathedral launched a new 'Inspire' brand, which will reflect its very much more proactive and radical approach to social issues and community invovlement in the next few years.

"In 2005 we will be looking back 125 years to the beginnings of the Cathedral and celebrating a building that is one of the icons of Cornwall. We will also be looking forward to what is needed today and in the future. We will continue to adapt our plans to ensure that we are fulfilling our role. "

Canon Perran Gay, Acting Dean


15th May 2005

Truro Cathedral was the setting yesterday (May15) for the installation of the first Methodist minister to become a Canon Theologian at any English Cathedral. In a specially designed service to mark the Feast of Pentecost, the Revd Dr Stephen Dawes, a former Chairman of the Cornwall District of the Methodist Church, was admitted to his new office as Canon Theologian by Bishop Bill Ind, who said that the appointment, which was greeted by prolonged applause from the large congregation, was a significant indication of how Anglicans and Methodists were working more closely together, in the light of their Covenant agreement.

The present Chairman of District, Dr Christopher Blake, who is an Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral, read the lesson, and The Cathedral Choir sang an anthem by Tallis before the new Canon Theologian preached, first expressing his gratitude to the Bishop and to the Cathedral before giving some indication of his understanding of what a Canon Theologian is supposed to do. “The duty is to encourage the Church through study and teaching to remain faithful to the mind of Christ, and to discern God’s purposes for the Church and for the world” he said. The congregation, which included many Methodists and some  of his  former South West Ministerial Training College students, heard Dr Dawes set out some of problems facing Christianity in general in a rapidly changing and hugely complicated world. “Given the huge issues we face, it is understandable that society dismisses the search for truth completely,“ he said “on the other hand, hardliners, convinced that they alone possess the truth are peddling their fundamentalisms in every religion and every culture.”

Dr Dawes concluded with the six points of  his personal creed. He said he believed inLife and light and love

“Jesus” said Dr Dawes “is the best clue there is to the meaning of life, the universe and everything. In him we see right to the heart of God

Cathedral Annual Report is published

5th May 2005

The Cathedral Annual Report for 2004 was published today and has some welcome news about finances as well as some exciting plans for the future.

"This report highlights the work that we have begun in year one of a five year plan to put thecathedral on a sound financial footing as well re-focus our mission and work priorities."

Richard Glover, Chief Executive

The Drummer of Light

21st March 05

Drummer of Light by Tim ShawThe Drummer of Light is the second sculpture in the trilogy of works by Tim Shaw to be shown at the Cathedral this year.

Local sculptor Tim Shaw, who also has sculpture figures on show at the Eden Project, explains, “The Drummer of Light was visualised in 1994 and was created as part of a more complex multi-figured sculpture entitled The Dance of the Middle World. A little later I developed the idea of a larger scale drummer that was part of and linked to the Cornish landscape. The Drummer of Light drums light and aspiration into the world. Its round face makes reference to Cornwall’s intense quality of light, and to the moon that powerfully illuminates the expansive night sky.”

The Dance of the Middle World  may be coming to the Cathedral during the summer.

MAKE POVERTY HISTORY banner unveiled

01st March 2005

The Cathedral has made use of the scaffolding on the restoration of the west front to Make Poverty History picture by Mike Newman promote a message for public and politicians alike. The Make POVERTY HISTORY CAMPAIGN received a boost today when church leaders met at the Cathedral.

Canon Peter Walker explains

"The Cathedral fully endorses the aims of the campaign and hopes that having the banner so prominently displayed on the Cathedral will encourage people in Truro and Cornwall to take part."

Spring into Easter Leaflet

15th February 2005

Spring Into EasterFollowing the success of the Cathedral's 'Shake Up Christmas' leaflet, a new Lent and Easter leaflet has been produced in the same format.

Colin Reid, Communications Officer enthuses

"We really liked the way that the Christmas leaflet worked out and decided to develop the Easter leaflet along the same lines, I'm very pleased with the results. "