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Truro Theological Society dates 2014

Mothers' Union Programme 2014

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Events at the Cathedral 2014

This Calendar is published as a guide to activities and events happening at the Cathedral during 2014.

These events may be subject to alteration. For up-to-date information about events please contact the Cathedral Office (01872 276782).

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10-5pm

Cornwall’s Schools Remember: Personal stories and reflections on the First World War A major exhibition seeing the centenary through the eyes of pupils from schools in Cornwall. Free, 10 – 5pm daily (Sunday 12-4pm) Until 21 November

Part of ‘Cornwall Remembers’ commemorations

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SEPTEMBER

Monday 15

2pm and 7.30pm

Windows into the Old Testament A short six week course written and presented by The Rev Canon Dr Stephen Dawes. What has the Old Testament got to teach us today? In the Pearson Room of the Cathedral Office (entrance via blue door opposite entrance to cathedral car park. Course costs £10. Either 2pm or 7.30pm option. Click here for poster

OCTOBER

Until 17 Oct

Cathedral Calendar Exhibition A display of stunning photographs taken by Philip Trevennen from around Cornwall appearing in our 2015 fundraising calendar. Until 17 October then from 17 November to 31 December.

Thursday 16

2pm

Mothers’ Union Meeting in the Pearson Room. All welcome. Visit from Mary Cockeram, Archdeaconry Mothers’ Union Representative.

Friday 17

1:10pm

The final organ recital in the 2014 series given by Christopher Gray and Luke Bond (Truro Cathedral). This is part of the Royal College of Organists’ “150 for 150” Recital Challenge which involves 150 organ recitals across the UK marking the RCO’s 150th anniversary.

Friday 17

5:30pm

Solemn First Evensong of Luke the Evangelist

Saturday 18

11-2pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Sunday 19

10am

Solemn Eucharist of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures and Missionary to India and Persia.

Sunday 19

After service

Fairtrade Table after Morning Eucharist in North Transept

Sunday 19

from

Noon

Sunday Carvery Lunch in the Cathedral Restaurant. Enjoy a one course (£8.50) or two course (£10.50) delicious meal. Must be pre-booked by calling 01872 245009 or emailing catering@trurocathedral.org.uk

Sunday 19

4pm

Solemn Evensong of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures and Missionary to India and Persia.

Monday 20Cornwall Remembers

6:15pm

The Opening of Roy Ray’s "No Man’s Land Triptych" During the Great War, No Man’s Land was the link between opposing trenches and the killing ground for both sides. It also became the improbable meeting place for soldiers during the Christmas truce of 1914.Roy will be in residence working on this stunning piece from Monday 20 – Friday 24 October. Roy will be giving free lunchtime talks Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. Roy’s work will be on display in the Cathedral Until 15 November (10-5pm Mon-Sat; 12-4pm Sunday)Free.

Monday 20

 

Cornwall Remembers

 

 

 

Until 15 November

Trenches – A series of World War One ‘constructions’ by Roy Ray. Using fragments of letters, poems, artefacts and the detritus of trench life, Roy Ray creates a poignant reminder of the lost generations from both sides. Free. (10-5pm Mon-Sat; 12-4pm Sunday) Click here for posters

Saturday 25

10:30am

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch High Cross

Sunday 26

4pm

Evensong for United Nations Sunday sung by St Mary’s Singers with a Christian Aid climate change discussion beforehand at 3pm with Sarah Newton. Chaired by The Very Revd Roger Bush. All welcome. 

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Monday 27

11am-2pm

(daily until Friday 31st October)

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Monday 27

5:30pm

First Evening Prayer of Simon and Jude, Apostles

Thursday 16 - 23

One World Week Exhibition featuring local groups and organisations showing how they are helping to make a better world. Free. (10-5pm Mon-Sat; 12-4pm Sunday)

NOVEMBER

Saturday 1

12-2pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Saturday 1

6pm

Diocesan Confirmation Service

Sunday 2

10am

Solemn Eucharist of All Saint’s Day

Sunday 2

Cornwall Remembers

 

11:45am

Dedication of the Field of Remembrance with members of the Truro branch of the Royal British Legion, including the planting of wooden crosses.

Sunday 2

4pm

Solemn Requiem for All Souls’ Day including a liturgical performance by Truro Cathedral Choir of the Duruflé Requiem

Monday 3

 

 

Cornwall Remembers

 

 

 

 

Until 7 November

(10am-4pm)

Never Such Innocence Again – Poems of the First World War. Former English teacher Simon Price has selected 35 poems, one to be read in the Cathedral on the hour (10am-4pm) through the week. His aim has been to reflect as wide a range as possible of the human experiences and responses to the so-called Great War: the big themes of pity, horror, grief, anger and bitterness, but also some tiny moments of humour, hope or beauty. Free. Click here for poster

Monday 3

Cornwall Remembers

 

 

5:30pm

Until 7 November

Evensongs – Truro Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensongs exploring the theme of ‘war’.

Monday 3

 

Cornwall Remembers

7pm

Remembering the Great War: tracks and tricks – a lecture by Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo will examine how the outbreak of war in 1914 postponed a civil war in Ireland and a general strike, and attracted most suffragettes to vigorous support the government’s war effort. It was a railway war. Railways determined how the war was fought, the outcome of battles and arguably the outcome of the war itself. Tickets £10 from Hall For Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door.  

Tuesday 4

 

Cornwall Remembers

 

7pm

War and the Problem of Suffering – a lecture by Professor Paul Fiddes (Oxford University) War raises the problem of human suffering in an acute way. The aim of this lecture is to develop a theological response to suffering in our own lives today, including the impact of war but not restricted to this experience. The argument is grounded in the witness of poets of the First World War, expressing actual human experience of war with a particular intensity. Tickets £10 from Hall For Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door. 

Tuesday 4

 

Cornwall Remembers

9:15pm

Movie Screening: All Quiet on the Western Front (PG) 1930 – Cathedral

Oscar winning adaption of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel of the same name. A young German soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War One. Directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander. Tickets £5 from Hall For Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door.

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Wednesday 5

 

Cornwall Remembers

7pm

Yesterday Lost – Poems, Songs and War Letters – Ivor Gurney 1890-1937

A collection of songs and words to honour the memory of Ivor Gurney and his generation, reflecting three phases in his life with Jonathan Carne and Naomi Johnston. First, the early influences, next the First World War and finally, the aftermath of war. Tickets £10 from Hall for Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door.

Wednesday 5

 

Cornwall Remembers

9:15pm

Movie Screening: Gallipoli (PG) 1981 – Cathedral

A Peter Weir film starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee as two idealistic young friends who join the Australian army during World War One and fight the doomed Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. Tickets £5 from Hall For Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door.

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Thursday 6

 

Cornwall Remembers

7pm

Rethinking the First World War in 21st century Britain: Opportunities and Obstacles – A lecture by Dr Catriona Pennell (Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter). Reviewing how historians have written about the First World War and how that has evolved over time, Dr Pennell explores the ‘revisionist’ framework currently used to view the war and how public memory and perceptions have similarly altered. Tickets £10 from Hall for Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door.

Thursday 6

 

Cornwall Remembers

9:15pm

Movie Screening: Regeneration (15) 1997 – Cathedral

BAFTA-Award nominated film adaptation of the Booker award-winning novel of the same name by Pat Barker, directed by Gilies MacKinnon. It stars Jonathan Pryce as Dr William Rivers, who treated World War One officers suffering from shell shock. It follows the treatment of friends Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon and raises profound questions about the nature of war and its impact on humanity. Tickets £5 from Hall For Cornwall, 01872 262466 or on the door. Click here for poster

Friday 7

 

Cornwall Remembers

1:10pm

WW1 Organ Recital, Luke Bond (Truro Cathedral) – The Great War’s shadow was cast on the organ lofts of England just as in every other sphere. This recital will explore its effects on the music and personalities of the early 20th Century British music world.  Free with retiring collection.

Saturday 8

 

Cornwall Remembers

6pm

Pre-concert talk: War and Peace in Britten’s Britain – John Bridcut in conversation with Petroc Trelawny. This introduction to Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem explores both the text and the music of the work that, more than any other, cemented Britten’s international reputation. Tickets £10 must be bought in advance as Chapter House has limited capacity. From Hall for Cornwall, 01872 262466 www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

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Saturday 8

 

Cornwall Remembers

7:30pm

Britten’s War Requiem – Three Spires Singers & Orchestra

Britten’s War Requiem was commissioned to mark the consecration of Coventry’s new Cathedral in 1962, the original having been totally destroyed by bombing in WW2. Such vast resources are needed in this work that performances are rare, and it has not been heard live in Cornwall for 27 years. Tickets £15-£21 from Hall for Cornwall, 01872 262466 www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

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Sunday 9

Cornwall Remembers

10am

Cathedral Remembrance Service - Solemn Requiem for Remembrance Sunday including a liturgical performance by Truro Cathedral Choir of the Fauré Requiem

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Sunday 9

Cornwall Remembers

 

 

3.15pm

Royal British Legion Remembrance Service - Poignant service featuring the local branch of the Royal British Legion with parade of standards and sounding of the Last Post.

Sunday 9

Cornwall Remembers

 

 

 

7:30pm

Repeat performance of Britten’s War Requiem (see Saturday 8th)

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Sunday 9

8pm

Open to Question – An informal chance to reflect on issues of Faith with Canon Dr Stephen Dawes in the Pearson Room. Free.

Monday 10

10am, 2pm and 7:30pm

Windows into the First Christmas: Christmas is more than Nativity Plays. What do the different Birth Stories really say?And what about John’s heavy theology? Monday’s on 10th, 17th, 24th November and 1st, 8th, 15th December with Rev Canon Dr Stephen Dawes. (10am, then repeated at 2pm and 7.30pm). Entry via blue door opposite entrance to Cathedral car park.

Tuesday 11

Cornwall Remembers

 

10:30am

Armistice Day Service- A short service commemorating Armistice Day leading to the two-minutes silence at 11am.

Tuesday 11

11am

Two Minute Silence – Join us in the Cathedral as we mark the First World War Armistice

Wednesday 12

10-12 Noon

Friend’s Coffee Morning in the Pearson Room. All welcome.

Wednesday 12

6:45pm

Big Sing day for Local Schools - Following workshops in the afternoon and a special Evensong at 5.30pm, there is a concert presented by the four participating schools at 6.45pm. Tickets £3 on the door.

Thursday 13

 

Cornwall Remembers

7pm

Working on NO MAN’S LAND – An evening of stories, music and poetry featuring Roy Ray, Katie Kirk and Annie Henry. Refreshments available. Chapter House. Tickets £5 Send SAE with cheque made payable to ‘Truro Cathedral’ to Truro Cathedral Office, 14 St Mary’s Street, Truro TR1 2AF

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Saturday 15

11am-2pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Saturday 15

7:30pm

Truro Choral Society present Mozart Coronation Mass - a Mozartian musical sandwich, with his ever-popular dark and stormyPiano Concerto in D minor and the vivacious, youthfulCoronation Massat its heart. Framing these two popular 18th-century masterpieces are two shorter works by local composers Paul Drayton and Russell Pascoe that were commissioned, performed and recorded by TCS for their 50th-anniversary celebrations in 2012. Tickets £15 from Hall for Cornwall, 01872 262466 www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Sunday 16

After service

Fairtrade Table after Morning Eucharist in North Transept

Sunday 16

From Noon

Sunday Carvery Lunch in the Cathedral Restaurant. Enjoy a one course (£8.50) or two course (£10.50) delicious meal. Must be pre-booked by calling 01872 245009 or emailing catering@trurocathedral.org.uk

Monday 17

Until 19 December

Cathedral Christmas Lunch – a traditional festive lunch served every weekday in the restaurant. One course (£9.95) or two course (£12.95) available. Bookings for Groups must be made in advance, 01872 245009. Until 19 December.

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Thursday 20

2pm

Mothers’ Union meeting in the Pearson Room with talk by Rev James Funnell: Stories behind hymns, with music

Saturday 22

8am – 5:30pm

Cornwall College Graduation. Cathedral closed.

Saturday 22

5:30pm

First Evening Prayer of Christ the King

Sunday 23

10am

Solemn Eucharist of Christ the King

Sunday 23

4pm

Solemn Evensong of Christ the King

Wednesday 26

6.30pm – 9pm

Late Night Shopping in Truro - Cathedral open for Late Night Shopping festivities including charity stalls, children’s activities, musical entertainment and refreshments.  The Cathedral shop will be open late, as will the Coffee Shop and Restaurant (until 8pm). Also 3rd, 10th and 17th December.

Friday 28

7pm

Light Up a Life Carol Service (Cornwall Hospice Care) in the Cathedral – All welcome

Saturday 29

7:30pm

St Mary’s Singers Candlelit Christmas Concert – Truro Cathedral’s voluntary choir will once again create a magical setting for their Christmas concert with hundreds of candles illuminating the Cathedral. The Choir will be joined by the St Mary’s Orchestra for the concert with a performance of Handel’s lively Dixit Dominus and Bach’s popular Wachet auf (“Sleepers Awake”). Tickets £12-£15 (free for under 19’s) from Hall for Cornwall 01872 262466 www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Sunday 30

4pm

Evensong for The Legal Service

DECEMBER

Monday 1

All day

World Aids Day includes exhibition and information display.

Monday 1

5:30pm

Solemn Eucharist of Andrew the Apostle

Monday 1

7:30pm

Richard Lander School Christmas Carol Service The Cathedral

Friday 5

2pm

Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes Christmas Carol Service

Saturday 6

12-2pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Saturday 6

7:30pm

Handel’s Messiah performed by Three Spires Singers and Orchestra – Conducted by Christopher Gray with soloists Grace Davidson, Lise Christensen, Nicholas Hawker and Stephen Kennedy. Tickets £12-£21 from Hall for Cornwall, 01872 262466 www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Sunday 7

6pm

From Darkness to Light an atmospheric Advent Service with the Cathedral Choir celebrating the light of Christ at this special time of year. Free with collection.

Monday 8

2pm

Bosvigo School Carol Service The Cathedral

Tuesday 9

7pm

BBC Radio Cornwall Christmas Concert A popular concert each year. Listen to BBC Radio Cornwall for details of when and how to apply for tickets.

Wednesday 10

10-12 Noon

Friends’ Coffee Morning in the Pearson Room. All welcome.

Thursday 11

2:30pm

Diocesan Mothers’ Union Advent Carol Service. All welcome.

Thursday 11

6pm

Polwhele House School Carol Service The Cathedral

Friday 12

7.30pm

Truro’s BIG Christmas Sing – Come and sing your favourite carols.

Singing for sheer enjoyment! All Welcome. Free with a collection for the work of Christian Aid

Saturday 13

7:30pm

Truro Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert: I Saw Three Ships

Get into the festive season the traditional way with beautiful arrangements of Christmas carols sung by the boys and men of Truro Cathedral Choir. As well as many of the classics, there will also be one or two less familiar carols in arrangements that range in style from quietly moving to virtuosic and dazzling. See if you agree with the critics in the international classical press who describe the performers as “one of the top cathedral choirs in the land”. Tickets from Hall For Cornwall Box Office, 01872 262466 or www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Sunday 14

From Noon

Sunday Carvery Lunch in the Cathedral Restaurant Choose either a one (£8.50) or two (£10.50) course menu. Must pre-book on 01872 245009 or email catering@trurocathedral.org.uk

Sunday 14

8pm

Open to Question – An informal chance to reflect on issues of Faith with Canon Dr Stephen Dawes in the Pearson Room. Free.

Monday 15

7:30pm

Cornwall Fire Brigade & Devon and Cornwall Police Carol Service

Thursday 18

6pm

Archbishop Benson School Carol Service The Cathedral

Friday 19

7.30pm

Cornwall Young Farmers Carol Service (Tickets available strictly from 1st November by sending a stamped SAE to Cornwall YFC, Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE; any envelopes received prior to 1st November will be destroyed).

Saturday 20

11-2pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Saturday 20

2pm

Christmas Concert by Cornwall Youth Choir – an informal lunchtime concert. Free with retiring collection for Truro Cathedral Music.

Sunday 21

After service

Fairtrade Table after Morning Eucharist in North Transept

Sunday 21

6pm

Christmas Organ Recital with Christopher Gray and Luke Bond (Truro Cathedral)

Tickets £10 (Students £5, U18s free) on the door.

Tuesday 23

4:30-6pm

CATHEDRAL CLOSED

Tuesday 23

7pm

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This service IS NOT ticketed for 2014. Doors open at 6pm. No reserving of seats is allowed. Please note this service is being filmed for a Truro Cathedral Choir DVD. Attendees must therefore be happy to be filmed.

Wednesday 24

4:30-6pm

CATHEDRAL CLOSED

Wednesday 24

7pm

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This service IS NOT ticketed for 2014. Doors open at 6pm. No reserving of seats is allowed.

Wednesday 24

8:30-10:30pm

CATHEDRAL CLOSED

Wednesday 24

11.30pm

Midnight Mass Join us as we celebrate the joy of the coming of Christ into the world. Not ticketed.

Thursday 25

10am

Christmas Day Service One of the highlights of the year. Join the Cathedral Choir and Bishop Tim at this wonderful and uplifting service. Not ticketed.

Friday 26

9:30am

CATHEDRAL OPENS AT 9.30 am

Saturday 27

5pm

Full peal attempt

Sunday 28

2pm

Children and Pets Carol Service - A fun filled carol service for two and four legged friends. No pet too big, no child too small. Great fun. All welcome.

JANUARY

Thursday 1

9:30am

CATHEDRAL OPENS AT 9.30AM

Saturday 3

12-2.00pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Monday 5

2pm & 7.30pm

Windows into the New Testament: Have you ever wondered why various translations of the New Testament sometimes differ in meaning? Explore and understand the books and theology of the New Testament with Rev Canon Dr Stephen Dawes. Monday’s on 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th January and 2nd, 9th February with. (2pm, then repeated at 7.30pm). Entry via blue door opposite entrance to Cathedral car park. Course £10.

Monday 5

5:30pm

Solemn First Evensong of the Feast of Epiphany

Tuesday 6

5.30pm

Solemn Eucharist of the Feast of Epiphany

Saturday 10

5.30pm

First Evening Prayer of the Baptism of Christ

Sunday 11

10am

Solemn Eucharist of the Baptism of Christ

Sunday 11

4pm

Solemn Evensong of the Baptism of Christ

Sunday 11

8pm

Open to Question – An informal chance to reflect on issues of Faith with Canon Dr Stephen Dawes in the Pearson Room. Free.

Wednesday 14

10-12 Noon

Friends’ Coffee Morning in the Pearson Room. All welcome.

Thursday 15

12:00pm

Mothers’ Union Lunch in the Cathedral Restaurant. 12:00pm for a 12:30pm start.

Saturday 17

11am-2.00pm

Children’s Messy Table Free art and Craft activities for children and families. The Cathedral

Sunday 18

After service

Fairtrade Table after Morning Eucharist in North Transept

Saturday 24

5.30pm

First Evening Prayer of the Conversion of Paul the Apostle

Sunday 25

10am

Solemn Eucharist of the Conversion of Paul the Apostle

Sunday 25

4pm

Solemn Evensong of the Conversion of Paul the Apostle

Tuesday 27

All Day

Holocaust Memorial Day exhibition and prayers

Tuesday 27

5:30pm

Evensong for Holocaust Memorial Day

Saturday 31

5:30pm

First Evening Prayer of Candlemas

Sunday 18 – Sunday 25

Noon

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 Times TBC The Friend’s 2015 Panto: ‘Puss In Boots’ – Tickets available from the Friend’s Office (through the blue door opposite the entrance to the Cathedral car park) Wednesdays 10am-12pm or phone 01872 274986.
Saturday 31 2.30pm

Free Cushion Concert in association with the West Briton

All are welcome to this free concert but it is particularly aimed at families with children. Bring cushions and sit at the very front of the Cathedral, where the Cathedral Choir’s eighteen boy Choristers will introduce and sing a short programme of beautiful music.