The Friends of Truro Cathedral present The Duck with an Umbrella

A Friends of Truro Cathedral talk by Dr Michael Tedder assisted by Daphne Skinnard on the early bishops of Truro, from Benson to Frere, their families and households - stories that impressed or moved him during research into the lives of the first seven Bishops.  The event will also include a drinks and canape party. Price per ticket: £15 (non-members £16) to include canapes and a complimentary drink on arrival. 

Dr Tedder says of his talk

'This talk comes out of research I’ve been undertaking into the history of Epiphany House. I was asked to update a short history book that was written by Canon Malcolm Byrom in 2003, two years after Sr Rosemary and Sr Elizabeth left the house and it ceased to be the home of the Community of the Epiphany. I thought it would take a few weeks to make some amendments and add a chapter about the House since it became the responsibility of an ecumenical Trust. That was seven years ago! Delving into the history of the House, particularly during the period it was Lis Escop, has proved a complex but fascinating task as I hope to illustrate in the talk. The men who became the early Bishops of Truro, their families and the people who staffed their households deserve to be better known and celebrated than they are. This talk will not be a comprehensive historical survey but will offer a collection of some of the stories that have particularly impressed or moved me from researching the lives of the first seven Bishops'.

Some interesting facts covered by the talk:

Which well-known writer wrote a ghost story set in Lis Escop?
Why did wealthy women from Belgravia come to do good works in Cornwall?
Which Bishop of Truro chose not to live in Truro?
Who charmed Mrs Hawkins into funding the Cathedral’s western towers?
Who gave shelter to Belgian refugees?
What was the Communion of the Ring (that had no connection with Tolkein!)?
When did members of the Cathedral Chapter wear blue?

The answers to these and other questions may become clearer on 17th October !  There will almost certainly be some surprises. Not to mention an explanation of the duck with an umbrella …

To book tickets either visit the Friends table after 10 am Sunday service or leave answerphone message on 01872 274986.

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