Notice of Formal Consultation

View of Truro Cathedral looking through flowering hanging baskets


Truro Cathedral is reviewing its Constitution and Statutes.

Under the Cathedrals Measure 2021, all English Cathedrals are required to become charities registered with the Charity Commission and the consultation is a part of this process. 

Why is this happening?

In 2017, a Church of England working group reviewed and made recommendations on the governance and regulation of all cathedrals. These recommendations formed the basis of the new Cathedrals Measure 2021 which was passed by the General Synod in 2018 and received Royal Assent in 2021.

Why is it important? 

These are important legal documents which set out how the cathedral is best governed.

What will change, and how does this apply to the Cathedral?

All cathedrals in England are required to prepare a new set of Constitutions and Statutes and must also apply to the Charity Commission of England and Wales (‘the Charity Commission’) for registration as a charity, supported by the Church Commissioners.

Once registered by the Charity Commission, the cathedral will be co-regulated by the Church Commissioners and the Charity Commission.

The change does not impact or affect the services that the cathedral provides to its visitors and worshippers.

Why now? 

We are in the process of registering the cathedral as a charity, with the UK Charity Commission. To successfully register, we need to review our statutes and constitution.

What has happened so far?

We have used expert Legal Advisors in drafting the new Constitution and Statutes and gathered detailed feedback from the Cathedral Chapter, the Bishop of Truro, the Cathedral Council and from the Church Commissioners to name a few! We are now interested in hearing from you!

How can I help? 

Please take the time to review the proposed new documents. 

Viewing the Constitution and Statutes

You can download them here:



Alternatively, you can get a printed copy from the Vergers’ Office or from the Cathedral Office.

The consultation is now open and will close for feedback on 28 September 2023.

Thank you for all of your help. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

The Cathedral Chapter would welcome your written feedback.

If you have any feedback on these documents please email:

Or send a letter to the Chief Operating Officer, Truro Cathedral Office, Old Cathedral School, Cathedral Close, Truro, TR1 2FQ.

Date Published 1 September 2023.