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News from the Diocese of Truro JANUARY 2014

Contents: New Year, Same Old Clothes? No Cards For Charity Listening And Learning Out & About New Mothers' Union Website The Lord Is Here (But The Priest Is Not!) Sale-ing Buy Make Some Noise Diocesan Synod Tackles Significant Challenges Time To Prepare For The Carbon Fast On Reading The Lesson - A Personal Perspective (Part 3) Transforming Conversations Letters To The Editor A Listening Exercise Coming Up

Discovering God’s Kingdom


New Year, same old clothes? HOW DO YOU respond to the challenge – or is it opportunity – of a new year? Do you rejoice and embrace the wonder of it; or do you sigh inwardly and reflect that nothing really changes? At our Diocesan Synod last November, we passed a motion to encourage every community across the diocese to take seriously matters relating to the environment during this coming Lent. You will all be aware that we live in God’s world and that we human beings have not always worked in harmony with creation; but rather we often work against it and are witness to destruction all around us. I understand that there are many different views on issues such as climate change – and even more contentious at a local level – responses to the construction of wind turbines and solar farms. The debate we had at Synod was set against the fact that all our neighbouring dioceses in the South West had passed similar or identical motions at their synods and we were being asked – perhaps challenged – to join in. The particular request is for us to use the 40 days of Lent to try and reduce our carbon footprint by 40 per cent. So you will not be surprised to hear there were a number of dissenting voices during the debate who said that this target was unrealistic. As Christians we use Lent each year as a season to review our own discipleship and especially to try and put right those things that we do wrong. In other words, we recognise that we are sinners and we try to stop those habits and issues which are sinful. We don’t succeed because we are sinners! So it is that every Lent we find ourselves striving to deal with the same issues in our own lives. I believe it is the same with the environment. I do not expect you to achieve the reduction of your own carbon footprint by 40 per cent during the 40 days of Lent. I might as well be honest with you and say that I am struggling 2

to understand what I can do to begin to make a difference myself. But that is why it is important to have the aspiration, and that is why it is good to engage with each other about these vital matters. How we live in God’s world, how we live with God’s world and how we live for God’s world are all questions which are just too easy to ignore in the apparent urgency of our everyday lives. We are created by God and we are part of God’s creation. If our faith tells us that we are working towards understanding what it means to be interdependent, then we need to open our eyes and see that all that we do has an impact on the world around us. There are many resources available to help you this Lent. I have written to PCCs, to clergy and to our schools encouraging you to place this important matter on your agenda. I can think of no better time of the year than the season of Lent for us to consider again our part and our place in the environment. I encourage you all to consider, as part of your on-going regular Lenten discipline, how can you – how can I – reduce the negative impact we have on the world around us and increase the positive way in which we live as part of God’s creation? Tim

No cards for charity MEMBERS of the Diocesan House team agreed not to send each other Christmas cards in 2013. Instead, they wore some silly things on 4 December and gave the money they would have spent to St Petroc’s to help it provide overnight shelter for the homeless in Truro, Newquay and Camborne during the coldest winter months.


Listening and learning THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby, began his three-day pastoral visit to the diocese in mid-November by visiting the Foodbank in Launceston where he met manager, Rachel Collard, and some of the volunteers who run the facility. This was the first of a series of engagements during which Archbishop Justin’s declared intent was to “to come to a rural area to learn what is happening”. Next stop after the Foodbank was a working lunch with local farmers, so that he could hear at first hand the challenges facing local people engaged in agriculture in Cornwall. Most of the afternoon was spent in Launceston Town Centre visiting local businesses and walking and talking with people in the street in order to listen to their thoughts and problems. Archbishop Justin also found time to make friends with a dog, to enjoy a piece of a cake baked especially for him by the Christian Bookshop team, and finally to be the centrepiece of a souvenir picture in the Town Square!  This was followed by a trip to Tregadillett Community Hall & Church to join in a Family Day focused on young people and to share in a children’s tea party. The final engagement of the day was an evening meal with representatives and volunteers from the many organisations, such as the Poverty Forum and Street Pastors, who are meeting the needs of those people who are in need of support, or who for one reason or another have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand.


Day 2 of Archbishop Justin’s visit began early in Penzance with breakfast at Penwith College. After the meal, he answered a series of thought-provoking questions from students from the college and local schools. Subjects ranged from credit unions and natural disasters, to the place of religion in society and the worst and best aspects of his job – he confessed that he held paperwork in low esteem! Next stop was the Giving Shop where he met with some of the volunteers and was clearly impressed with its innovation and success − to such an extent that he suggested it had the potential of becoming a national initiative. He was pleased too to see that it included a credit union facility.

Photo: Chris Osborne

After visiting homes to deliver prayer cards, Archbishop Justin preached at a special service of Hope in Darkness in a packed St Mary’s Church. He was joined by the Mousehole Male Voice Choir and a choir from Humphry Davy School.

The final port of call (quite literally) of a very busy morning, was the harbour at Newlyn to meet volunteers at the RNLI Penlee lifeboat station and to join the crew of the Ivan Ellen on a short exercise − during which prayers were said for the crew of the Solomon Browne who lost their lives in a storm in 1981. Having grabbed a pasty lunch en route, Archbishop Justin arrived in Truro just in time to meet members of the South West Youth Ministries team in Truro Baptist Church, before spending some ‘quality time’ with clergy and Readers from across the diocese, gathered in Truro Methodist Church. Then it was a short walk to the Cathedral to take part in a specially written reflective service of thanksgiving and dedication centred on the theme of Festival of the Cross. In his sermon, Archbishop Justin asked the congregation to reflect on a simple wooden

cross as it was carried past them and to use the moment as a new beginning in their lives. “God’s love washes away all our failings,” he said. “We can start again wherever and whenever, if we accept his love and allow the cross to set the pattern of our lives. Stop at the foot of the cross and say ‘All this for me’; then turn it around to ‘All me for this’.” Full text of Archbishop Justin’s sermon can be found at wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Truro-crosssermon-.pdf 5

There was a second connection with the theme of The Cross in that Archbishop Justin’s Chaplain was carrying the Primatial Cross which had been the gift of the people of Cornwall to Bishop Benson when he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1883. It is believed that it was the first time that this cross had returned to Cornwall since that time, and it briefly joined an exhibition of different crosses from parishes − all reflecting contrasting aspects of Cornish life or interpretations of The Cross. Primrose Peacock writes… One interesting aspect of the Festival of the Cross was an appeal to parishes to construct a physical cross using any medium they chose within prescribed size limits. All these crosses – together with one honouring the recipients of the Cross of St Piran during the past three years – were displayed in the Boer War Chapel at the west end of the Cathedral. The range of crosses was really delightful and showed imagination, thoughtfulness and respect for local and national saints, particularly from parishes in west Cornwall. A large imitation granite crosshead constructed in papier-mâché arrived from St Erth. The people at St-Just-in Roseland corporately constructed a ‘St Bridget’s Cross’ using rags of significance. Other entries included knitting and crochet, dried flowers, picture postcards forming a hollow cross, paintings, jewelled woodcarving and ‘vegetation’. On its way from the High Altar at the end of the service, the retiring procession paused at the Boer War Chapel for the Archbishop to inspect the display. He then left the extraordinary and heavy jewel-encrusted Primatial Cross for people to examine there. 6

On Sunday morning, Archbishop Justin joined a lively congregation in St Martin’s Church in Liskeard for a parish communion, complete with its music group, its ‘Open the Book’ team and children and young families from the whole local community. In his sermon, he explained that everything and every action start with the Word of God and it is up to us “to see what God is doing and to join in; to learn to hear the Word of God and to go from What should I do? to Who should I follow? Who should I obey? “The Good News brought the disciples together – from being a scattered bunch of wimps, it pulled them together. They did the simple things and began to work better together through reconciliation,” he said. “Church is a collection of sinners. Once we confess, we then see God at work and we join in. “God will always be bigger than our mistakes. So be confident in our news of Jesus, the overflow of his love. Go and tell people. Ask people to come to Church this Christmas. Their lives will be changed.” After the service, there was an opportunity for people to meet Archbishop Justin informally over lunch before he set off for Bodmin to witness the Signing of an Ecumenical Letter of Intent.

There were balloons, fireworks and a jazz band as the Archbishop of Canterbury joined over 750 people in St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin, to celebrate the signing of the Ecumenical Letter of Intent.

and justice of Jesus,” he said. “Do not be ashamed of The Lord. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel. We must equip our members to be confident in their mission and to speak with passion about what Jesus has done for them in their lives.”

The special service, organised by Churches Together in Cornwall, marked an important milestone towards church unity as the leaders of the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the United Reform Church, the SW Baptist Association and the Salvation Army committed themselves and their churches to:

Referring to the Gospel reading [Matthew 5.1316] he said: “We are salt of the earth. We choose to be agents of change like salt. But if we lose our sense of purpose then our ‘salt’ will be trampled underfoot.

seek out every possible opportunity for joint • initiatives at local and county level in mission

to all the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

work together to equip both • ordained ministry whenever

lay and possible, and to share that ministry wherever appropriate

“By our words and deeds we can influence this world. We are challenged to be involved in the world and to work for unity … we are called together to build the Kingdom of God. Our message is that all our children of God. Unity is not just for the Church, it for the whole community.”

the work of developing strategies • tocontinue optimise the use of church buildings for the benefit of communities throughout the county.

The leaders and representatives of the other churches present (the Roman Catholic, both the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches, and Religious Society of Friends) then signed a Letter of Companionship supporting the five churches who had made the Declaration. In his sermon, Dr Daleep Mukarji, vicepresident of the British Methodist Conference, congratulated everyone on this initiative of sharing and pointed out that the essential purpose of ecumenical initiatives must be mission. “It cannot be a dream,” he said. “Unity does not mean uniformity and we must not spend time on our systems, but rather on transforming lives and inspiring the local community.”

Finally, as he headed for the train back to London, the Archbishop completed a full circle by paying a visit to the Unit Skate Park in Launceston where he joined the young people who are members of the Christian Skaters group to watch a display of their skills and to share with them the story of his journey to the Christian faith.

Dr Mukarji spoke of the hidden poverty and deprivation in Cornwall and the disparity between the very rich and the poor. “We are called to be witnesses to the love, inclusiveness


Out & about Heavenly art in Helston

THE ANNUAL ‘Art in Heaven’ competition has been run by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) since 2004, writes Irene Pooley. This year, well over 20,000 pupils took part, with entries coming from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia. Each pupil who entered had to choose a category on which to base their art work. The categories this year were: •

Prayer: How and Why?

Windows on Soul

God: What if?

Open Mind? and

Jerusalem by William Blake.

The children at St Michael’s CE Primary School, Helston, attended the ‘Spirited Arts Club’ every Friday lunch time for nine weeks. They produced some inspirational work. Emily Spencer in Year 6 was one of 30 winners. Congratulations to Emily and all of the children who gave up their time to enter this very special competition.


for Epiphany House THE NEW POST of Director of Epiphany House has been taken up by Mrs Janette Mullett. For many years, Janette has been an active member of the parish of St Mary and All Saints in Willingham, Cambridgeshire. She has been working with Tim Elliot and the Trustees since the summer in preparation for taking on her new role.

Holding on to


A CANDLE CROSS of peace was lit by lit by the congregations of Mounts Bay Benefice in a new form of worship on Remembrance Sunday afternoon, writes Revd Annie Henry Holland.

During a meditation on the subject of the olive tree, we held ‘holding crosses’ made from olive wood from Bethlehem, and said prayers for peace.

Painstaking needlework THE LADIES from Pendeen have been busy for weeks making a gorgeous stole and are hoping to finish a matching chasuble by Easter. Pictured wearing the stole is Revd Canon Alan Rowell.


Holiday club takes to the waves OVER 40 local primary school children had great fun at the Adventure Cruise Kids’ Holiday Club during Autumn half term, writes Revd Dom Whitting. They enjoyed three actionpacked mornings at St Breock School, Wadebridge. The hall was transformed into a cruise ship for the week, with Captain Dom and First Mate, Carol at the helm. Each morning the children helped Deckhands ‘Briggs’ and ‘Jolly”’ clean the ship, heard and explored a Bible story, played games, sang songs and made crafts. Every day a different ‘C’ was the word of the day, and the children accomplished Courage, Change and Commitment challenges. The daily episode of Watt family drama was eagerly awaited as the children discovered what the pirates would do with kidnapped

Grandma Watt – it all worked out in the end, as Grandma saved the day and the pirates were captured. Each group made a unique boat in the ‘Build a Boat’ challenge, inspired by recycling things they discovered in the Scrap Store, and all the boats sailed well. On the last day all the children were excited to receive New Testament Bibles and to show them to their families who joined all those involved for lunch. This is the third year that Churches Together in Wadebridge has run a kids’ holiday club. The Adventure Cruise was run by a team of volunteers from all the local churches and funded by donations from churches and grants, including a grant from Wadebridge Town Council.

For more information, e-mail or call 01208 816410.


Holy commotion

Out & about


at Truro City of Lights HOLY COMMOTION decided that it would like to take part in this year’s Truro City of Lights procession, writes Fr Chris Epps. So on Saturday 9 November, 75 of our members met at Archbishop Benson School with our designated artist for a lanternmaking workshop! The theme this year was ‘Expect the Unexpected’ and we decided our subject would be ‘Noah’s Ark’! The plan was to create ’ark’ lanterns and then get the children to dress as the animals on the night!

Unfor tunately, the weather on the evening of the procession was not ideal. However, the freezing cold temperature, strong winds and rain did not deter us! Our members turned out in force – our group numbering over 80! Bearing in mind the majority of our children are very young, they all coped exceptionally well with the cold, the waiting and the distances involved in the procession. The rain rained, the wind blew and the cold bit, but we endured! The whole project served to draw together all members of Holy Commotion in a very special way, emphasising that the ‘Fresh Expression’ model of Church works exceptionally well.

The day arrived and everyone, adults and children alike, were very excited as we made some 30 fabulous lanterns to be carried in the procession. We all had completely underestimated what was involved in making them as it proved to be a complex and tricky busines! Our artist, Amanda, was very patient and forgiving. We spent from 10am till 4pm making our lanterns and each family then took their ‘creation’ home to dry properly. The excitement was undiminished after the workshop and our following Holy Commotion session was devoted to making a special and distinctive ‘Holy Commotion’ banner to which everyone contributed in the usual style of Holy Commotion. The end result was stunning and subsequently took a prominent part in ‘our’ procession as a witness to the Christian Church in the life of the community. 10

To find out more about Holy Commotion – St Paul’s Church in the School, Truro – visit and on Facebook.

New Mothers’ Union website

The public area of the website has a section on each of the objectives of the organisation which neatly structures the work of the Mother’s Union, and a brand new practical support section has been developed for parents and couples, with articles from external experts, such as Andrew Body, author of Growing Together. Under the heading, ‘Practical Support’ and in the ‘Couples’ section, Andrew Body, offers support to newly engaged couples and to those in established relationships with ideas for weddings on a low budget, how to avoid conflict over finances, and the importance of good communication in a relationship. Under the same heading there is a section to help parents meet the challenges of ‘Family Life’ with articles about drugs, teenage relationships and how to keep children safe online. The Mothers Union has over four million members in 83 countries and the site has many examples of how it is actively supporting vulnerable families in society. Members around the world respond to the needs they see within their local community. In South Africa, this may mean using spare land to start a vegetable garden so that the produce can be used to feed families who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Across the UK, members run crèches and craft groups in prisons and help families maintain contact with one another.

Members, including those in the Diocese of Truro, provide 'Away From It All' holidays that give families the opportunity to have quality time together. When an emergency situation suddenly destabilizes family life, Mothers’ Union can provide relief support to meet the most urgent needs facing communities. Following the Mothers’ Union 'Bye Buy Childhood' campaign, Reg Bailey, chief executive of the Mothers’ Union, undertook a review for the UK Government into how children could better be protected from commercialisation and sexualisation. In the nearly two years since he made his 141 recommendations, much progress has been made and it was recently announced that music, sport and religious videos will have age classifications in order to ensure parents are better equipped to judge the appropriateness of such materials for their children The new site will provide seasonal prayer and worship resources which can be downloaded and used in groups and churches. Do have a look at it today, at and share it with your friends and family. Photo: GeorginaCranston

THE Mothers’ Union has recently launched a redesigned website which is worth exploring whether or not you are a member, writes Jean Funnell


The Lord

is here (but the priest is not!)

10.55. MILD CONCERN is growing into panic. Incumbent on holiday, but the rota has a name down. He has a way to come but is usually here well in time. Maybe a traffic jam, a puncture or…? 10.59. Churchwarden (my wife!) remains calm. She will do the notices, I (a Reader but not meant to be on duty that day) can announce the first hymn; and then maybe he will arrive. It is meant to be a Communion service! 11.05. No priest. Explain the situation to congregation – which they mostly know from my unrobed state of dress and the look on my face. I will start the Service of the Word, and then… 11.20. The point of no return approaches. ‘Absolution’ via Trinity 21 Collect. We all say the Collect together, readings as usual, but here comes the sermon slot and now we (I) realise no priest is coming. 11.20+ Sermon preparation always takes time, usually on Tuesday, typed out, re-written, ‘shortened', which usually makes it longer! For the last 20 minutes I have been thinking, the words of the gradual hymn, God be in my head, God be in my understanding seem to affirm my thoughts. For 10 minutes, I share with the congregation some of what I learnt at Greenbelt this year from two talks by Fr Christopher Jamieson –

the use and practice of silence, Lectio Divina, obedience and humility. 11.30. The Creed – and here come the Intercessions, which again have not been prepared. Call up the churchwarden/wife to lead a time of silence as per Jamieson, breathing in and out phrases, choose a passage from the readings, Lectio Divina. Now here is the strange (mysterious) part. There is silence. There is a feeling of calm throughout the congregation (with a dozen or so holidaymakers with us too). I ask them to share with the people around them what they feel God has been saying to them over the past few minutes. They talk … and talk and talk. Have to call them to order! 11.45. Hymn. Lord’s Prayer. Hymn. Dismissal. Only they stay. There I am at the door, ready to say “Goodbye” and apologise that they have missed out on the Communion … And they stay in their pews, talking away, still sharing in small groups. Eventually they leave. So what was happening? There was a definite feeling of togetherness in what happened and what we did. And more importantly, we all learned that God is always there, even if the priest is not. Fellowship and Omnipresence, to use the long words we tend to use.

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Sale-ing buy Primrose Peacock writes… ALL SOULS Day was blustery, with intermittent squalls. But church people in Carnmarth North were up early preparing for the Church Sale – not quite a jumble sale, and more realistically priced than a charity shop. The ladies of St Paul’s, Chacewater, were bright-eyed and bushy tailed. They had been busy preparing a range of delicious-looking cakes and buns, but also had a display of clothing, books and bric-a-brac housed in a Nissen hut – now usually the provenance of the Women’s Institute, and possibly a unique local example of its type. It is sited in a free car park and cosy. Some goodies were to be found that suited my eccentricities – a flower basket, some silk blooms for gift displays and a jolly good bag of Bramley apples. St Andrew’s Redruth has a large hall adjacent to the church where it advertised a ‘Mega Book Sale’! There were also many other things on offer – jigsaw puzzles, including one of a stained glass window, nice bygones and unwanted gifts for someone who will appreciate them. My bag was quite full, and as with most such sales, the books were 90 per cent paperback fiction and the DVDs 95 per cent music. So no sale there. But the Public Library is opposite. Two clergy were on the sales team and a good hot coffee with a biscuit cost 50p. No one could grumble at that. These kinds of sale do not attract the hustle and bustle of free-for-all jumbles, but they should be supported. Many a small useful item can be found therein. The proceeds support the church in question not a charity which, however worthy, may be paying huge salaries to its management. The people at church sales are almost without exception pleasant, hard working and loyal to their church. They need everyone’s support. So next time you see a church sale advertised don’t sail by.

Epiphany House

The Eucharist is celebrated on Tuesdays at noon. On the first Tuesday of the month there will be Prayer for Healing.

Monday 6 January THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY 6pm

Morning Prayer is said in the Chapel at 10am from Monday to Friday.

Chapel at Epiphany House.

Meditation Groups meet on first Monday of the month 2.30 - 4pm & third Monday of month 7.15 - 9.30pm.

The celebration will be followed by a finger buffet

led by Bishop Tim

For more information and to book a place at any of these events, contact Epiphany House, Kenwyn, Truro TR1 3DR Tel: 01872 272249 E-mail: 


Make some noise Cathedral assistant director of music, Luke Bond writes… CORNWALL is fortunate not only to possess a particularly fine Cathedral organ but also many great church instruments throughout the county. Often it seems that there are more organs than organists and this is exactly what the Cornwall Organist Training Scheme (COTS) is going to rectify. We are looking for people who love the sound of the organ, and have always secretly wanted to try it; but for whatever reason never had the opportunity. Now is your chance! The details of how this can be done follow in the next two pages. First of all we’ll hear from a few people who have been to Truro Cathedral’s Organ Day – a kind of open house in the organ loft.

Nuala Sellwood aged 8, beginner pianist at Bosvigo Primary School

I have been to the Organ Day twice and played the organ both times. I really like the different keyboards and the big range of sounds they make. I’m doing my piano prep test in December and would like to play the organ too one day.

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Rachel Mahon, Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral

My journey to the organ came through singing from a very early age in church choirs at home in Toronto, Canada, and boy, what a journey it’s been! The great thing about the organ is that there is so much wonderful music for it – from pieces suitable for the earliest beginner to concert pieces that we all aim at.


How does it all work? There are three strands to COTS – designed for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. It is not necessary to follow all three strands, simply chose whichever elements suit you. The three strands are: Step-by-step training scheme This is a short syllabus of about five levels, each introducing more organ playing skills in very gradual step-by-step stages. Stage 1 is designed for people with basic piano and music reading skills and by Stage 5, pedals are used in hymn playing the repertoire. The syllabus is very detailed and can be found at then click on Organist Training. Course of lessons Luke Bond and Philip Davey are available to offer a course of lessons tailored to the specific needs of the student. This might involve helping with the very early stages of organ playing, selecting stops, introducing pedal playing, and so on; or could involve study of more advanced techniques and repertoire.

Monthly group meetings

There may also be an opportunity for students to play to each other in a friendly and supportive environment to help with that much-needed confidence, so often in short supply.

There is a fee for the lessons. Anton Humphries, organist for various local churches

For me the Cornwall Organists’ Training Scheme allows me to access the highest level of tuition in Cornwall that specifically meets my playing needs. This is about my musicianship in the church and includes accompanying congregational singing, anthems. Given the scarcity of organists in Cornwall it is also important for me to have the skills to quickly familiarise myself with different instruments.

Photo: Scott & Co.

We plan to meet about once a month in different churches from different denominations around the county. These will be about 1.5-hour sessions each dedicated to a specific aspect of organ playing – for example, hymn playing, improvising, accompanying worship songs, selecting music for services.

Here is the Spring and Summer schedule of monthly meetings (subject to confirmation with Luke Bond at January 18th

Truro Methodist Church 10.30 - 12.00

February 22nd Penzance Catholic Church 10.30 - 12.00 March 22nd

St Petroc’s, Bodmin 10.30 - 12.00

April 12th

Combined meeting with the Cornwall Organists’ Association (afternoon TBC)

May 24th

Meeting as part of the Organ Discovery Day at Truro Cathedral (all-day event)


Date and venue TBC

Please contact with any questions about anything at all that you’ve just read. The organ is a very exciting instrument, and with time and patience, you too can learn to play it! 15

Diocesan Synod tackles significant challenges THERE were over 100 delegates at the Diocesan Synod held in the Cornwall Council Chamber on Saturday 9 November. One of the major themes for the day was the Environment; so it was only fitting that the opening worship revolved around words and music reflecting God’s Creation and its vulnerability. Their impact was significantly enhanced by the presentation of three powerful symbols of environmental damage – engine oil, contaminated sea water and rocks from an eroded sea cliff. In his presidential address, ‘Remembering Rightly in a Violent World’, Bishop Tim reflected on what ‘remembering’ means. He said that this was particularly relevant on the day before Remembrance Sunday and against the commemoration, in 2014, of the beginning of the First World War. “It is hard to understand fully how we can commemorate something that happened so long ago,” he said. “How do we remember something of which we were not a part? What does remembering mean, and what does remembering rightly mean? “As we remember events in which we have been involved, we remember differently; and the reality of what happened is a very complex concept … our remembering forms us as the humans we are. Our telling and retelling of stories that describe events that apparently happened in our past shape us and make us. Yet what does it mean to remember rightly and who has the authority to say what is right about our remembering?” Bishop Tim continued: “We certainly live in a violent world and we do violence to ourselves 16

and to others all the time. I want to stress the importance of recognising how violent we are to ourselves and to others. “It may not be a comfortable thought or one with which you immediately agree or agree at all. But reflect on how emotional we get about certain matters, about how we speak to other people, or about how we think and feel about others; even when – or perhaps especially because – we cannot say what we want to say, so we repress our true feelings. “What processes do we put in place to enable us to remember rightly; and is it ever right or helpful to forget and to move on? Is it not the case that, in fact, a key part of remembering rightly is moving on and accepting and living with the reality of now, rather than always trying to recreate what we believe happened or was real in the past?” Bishop Tim pointed out that at the heart of our religious practice is the Eucharist – the moment above all when we are asked to remember. “Yet, of course, we were not there when this event took place,” he said. “We are not in that sense remembering an event in which we took part. “So how do we remember rightly? As we enter this remembrance weekend what does remembering mean?

“My hope and prayer is that we recognise how significant this matter is especially as we celebrate the Eucharist time after time,” he concluded. “We can, if we dare, appreciate how remembering is linked so closely to the whole question of authority. It is also intimately linked with the question of who we are and who we allow ourselves to be as human beings, those who are created by God.” During a presentation on the subject of Safeguarding, delegates were asked to warn their parish colleagues that at the next Synod, they (as delegates) would be asked to endorse the official diocesan Safeguarding Guidelines. There were two questions that should be asked: ‘Do they agree with them? and ‘Have you taken appropriate action at the parish level?’

“We all potentially present a safeguarding risk,” said safeguarding officer, Sarah Acraman. “It is important to keep up to date on the requirements following a change from CRB to DBS procedures. There have been changes and there is some confusion. “The new process reduces the number of people we can officially check,” added Sarah. “So there is increased pressure to be very careful in recruiting volunteers.” Next up was director of education, Sue Green, to present an update on the work of the Diocesan Board of Education. She described the Board’s approach to the complexities of the education system as ‘solution-based’. The DBE, through Askel Veur, had been approved as an Academy sponsor and its priorities

included support for small schools, assistance to governors of schools facing financial pressures, and the identification of struggling schools. Sue reported that Education Trust funds had been released to work on school improvement, in order to: raise aspirations, improve leadership, enrich ‘the place of schools in the community’, articulate and encourage Christian vocation to education, and ensure that no child is in an under-performing school. “It has never been more important for churches to be involved with schools,” Sue suggested as she announced that several new Multi-Academy Trusts would be formed in the autumn of 2013 and in the New Year. This will include some ‘community’ schools. As for the major challenges, Sue explained that there was great pressure on small schools facing large debts in 2014 unless measures were taken to resolve the issues. “We are encouraging small schools to get together. And for some, the right conclusion may be closure as individual entities and to become education hubs.” In flamboyant style, the Dean of Truro, Roger Bush, presented his report on July’s General Synod, which experience he likened to being a member of the crew of the Flying Dutchman … or perhaps like Bill Murray in the film, Groundhog Day. He said that in his presidential address, the new Archbishop of Canterbury was “refreshing and bold in that he refused to be grounded by the hangover of last year, but sought to raise our eyes to consider other challenges, other possibilities. 17

“He talked about us all living in a time of revolution – he had just come back from the Middle East where he had experienced the Coptic Church’s very different experience of reality in a situation of great political turmoil, not just socially and economically, but culturally as well. “He spoke movingly about how we, the Church, had to listen to the overwhelming support, as he experienced it, in the House of Lords given to the Second Reading of the Same Sex Marriage Bill; and he addressed the issue of women bishops. “Archbishop Justin didn’t go into detail about how the shape of a possible solution may look, but he did say that when we do eventually ordain women as bishops, it will have to be in the same way that we ordain male bishops, transparently and celebratorily,” said the Dean. In his presentation on the Diocesan Budget for 2014, director of finance, Michael Kent pulled no punches as he described a projected income of £5.23 million set against proposed expenditure of £6.49 million to leave a deficit of £1.26 million. At £3.33 million, financing stipendiary ministry will continue to be the largest diocesan expense followed by £819,000 to be spent on property maintenance and improvements. “Just over three quarters of this deficit (£965,000) are directly attributable to the way we have been used to doing things, and it will be funded from reserves,” said Michael. “The General Fund will bear £146,000 and the Pastoral Account £819,000. “The enormity of this deficit, on top of the budget deficits we have already racked up in recent years, vividly confirms, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that this Diocese has no future living in the past. Therefore, this Budget 18

also provides for the injection of £295,000 next year, to invest in change – to reinvigorate, to reshape and to equip the Church for the future – through the 3 Strands of Discipleship, Accompanied Ministry Development and Doing Church Differently. “I emphasised the word invest intentionally,” said Michael. “Investments are intended to produce measurable results and, in this case, we should expect to see an increasing rate of growth in parish incomes and, consequently MMF contributions, sooner rather than later. “The investment in the 3 Strands will be met from the Transformation Fund – and not through the MMF. This new Fund will derive its income (indirectly) from a proportion of the sale proceeds of parsonage houses, which have – and will continue to – become surplus to requirements because of declining stipendiary clergy numbers. “A deficit budget is never a pretty sight,” Michael concluded. “But, given our present circumstances, the Executive believes that this budget is pragmatic and that the deficit is one which we are fortunately and responsibly able to bear.” In the final session of the day, social responsibility officer, Revd Andrew Yates, and his colleagues from the Environment Group gave a presentation in support of the Motion, proposed by Bishop Tim, that:

'This Synod calls on the Diocese to plan and prepare a Cornwall Carbon Fast for Lent 2014 in co-operation with all the churches in the Diocese of Truro. 'Accordingly it urges everybody and especially all members of electoral rolls and their families, diocesan staff, church schools and academies and parish churches to take steps to cut their own carbon footprint by 40% during the 40 days of Lent 2014, starting on 5 March.' Revd Yates reminded delegates that the Fifth Mark of Mission entreats us all to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth’. He and colleagues described three key projects in the diocese that could serve as examples to other parishes – PV in Camborne, a wind turbine in North Petherwin and a biomass boiler in St Wenn. Parishes were encouraged to: switch to the Good Energy Scheme, either directly or via the Parish Buying Scheme; to create Living Churchyards; to use Energy Benchmarking: to use electronic communication methods such

as Skype in order to reduce costly travel to events; to work with other agencies, such as Community Energy Plus to help prevent up to 300 extra deaths across Cornwall this winter as a consequence of fuel poverty; and to make sure that they signed up for the Diocesan Carbon Fast as part of their Lent Programme in 2014. The Motion was carried with only one vote against and Bishop Tim emphasised his expectation that parishes would take the Carbon Fast in Lent 2014 seriously and make use of all the resources that had been described in the presentation. Full details

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IN NOVEMBER, Diocesan Synod voted overwhelmingly in favour of a diocese-wide Carbon Fast for the 40 days of Lent 2014, starting on 5 March, writes Revd Andrew Yates. The Carbon Fast is an environmental action which witnesses to the Christian belief in our responsibility to care for creation and the environment. As a Lenten devotion the Fast is intended to become a spiritual discipline. It is also an important aspect of our discipleship and the stewarding our financial and material resources. This is a real challenge. We are asking churches themselves to take a lead. Lent is a time when we make radical sacrifices in order to build in a longer term habit. The overall aim is to reduce carbon by 40 per cent by 2020 and this represents a critical step towards the national ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign goal. The Diocesan Board of Finance is also aiming to meet this target too, and we really hope that your church community will play its part. If your parish is going to undertake a Lenten Study then we recommend you consider using the book Environment written by Ruth Valerio* in the ‘Life Issues’ Bible Study series published by CWR, ISBN 978-1-85345-481-3 There are already other resources and ideas on the ‘Environment Matters’ page of the diocesan website, uk including a simple 5-Step Approach to give both PCCs and individuals the ability to reduce energy consumption during Lent and over the longer term. 20

Daily Actions for the Lent Carbon Fast 2014 will be available as a booklet soon and also online at a dedicated website for the programme. There will also be worship, prayer and theology study resources for parishes and individuals ready early in 2014. If you have any queries or suggestions on how the Fast can be developed in a helpful way, contact Andrew Yates at Diocesan House 01872 274351 or e-mail Andrew. or Richard Hopper We pray that the Carbon Fast will be a great witness to wider society as well as an energising collaboration within congregations. And in the meantime, you might wish to consider some of these simple actions: more use of public transport and car sharing walk to church share meals buy more ‘local’ produce grow your own and compost the waste turn down thermostats (but don’t endanger health) use radiator reflectors switch to Green Energy monitor readings

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* Ruth Valerio delivered the Benson Lecture in the Cathedral on 6 November. She spoke on ‘Virtuous Living: does the Christian faith have anything to offer the search for a sustainable life?’

On reading the lesson – a personal perspective (Part 3) An experienced reader writes… NOW FOR the public reading itself. Mostly, English sentences are iambics, pentameter or hexameter phrases, frequently with a central pause, or a rocking point such as those seen on some landmark boulders. How fast to read? A reliable guide is the slow rhythm of the breathing heartbeat. A temptation of nervousness or unpreparedness is to read too fast, ‘trippingly on the tongue’. Slow down! A good model is the bride’s brother at Prince William’s wedding, who left a full two seconds between each sentence read. Reading aloud to the church, to the assembled body of Christ, is not the same as reading to myself, or reading in silence. It demands a different rhythm, a different pace. Let the words do the work. Allow silence to work in the text. Give the words their own space. It is a public liturgical act, this declamation. I need to read it from the inside, so that it is not words read from a page, but words on my lips, newly spoken as a fresh expression of God as a new creation. This is the first time ever in the history of the universe that these words have been spoken. Here, in this context, to/with/for these people, and me, now. The words might be intimate, proclamatory, ironic, funny (there’s a doctorate, surely, on the jokes in the Bible, whether verbal or situational), erotic, fearful, savage, angry, awed, reportage, admonitory, imperative, critical, sardonic, guidance, didactic... Not for me to put my own spin on the text. My job is to get out of the way, so that the words can speak, so that the words can bear the Word. All this preparation is, I suppose, a kind of prayer; though I am not one for wearing my knees out. For me, to pray is to be who I am,

to do what I do, who I’m with, where I’m at, all in the consciously remembered (but sometimes forgotten, sorry!) presence of, closer than breathing, God. Before the reading, I put the text away for at least 24 hours, longer, much longer if possible, and leave it entirely alone. Then, come the day, I usually will look at it briefly. And, here is where I do say a bit of a prayer – not very articulate I confess; indeed, it is only now writing this piece you now read, that I put this prayer into more ordered verbal form, from its pre-verbal ‘shape of the heart’. And, underneath this prayer, there continues in my heart throughout the reading, as a rumbling subtext, the old Orthodox prayer, ‘Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner’. Above this, my occasionspecific bit of a prayer before reading goes something like: “God, help me to listen. Help me to get out of the way. Help me not to obstruct your message in this text. For the people, for me, and for the one single individual who needs today to ‘hear’ this message.” Though the reading is public, it is for – and only for – that particular individual who I intend the reading; to the one in the crowd who neither knows me nor I them, but who needs whatever it is in the text that the Lord this moment means to reach them. 21

Transforming conversations THIRTY or so of us gathered together for the ‘Transforming Conversations’ in Taunton on 30 September, writes Revd Christopher Newell. I attended not only in my role as a mental health chaplain, but also as a member of both the Equality and Diversity Committee and the relatively newly formed ‘Hurts and Hopes’ Group*. We came from a rich and diverse background of human identities and experiences related to our faiths and sexual and gender identities; and the conference was one of the first to bring together three of the characteristics of the Single Equality Act – religion and belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. As the day unfolded, there were tears and laughter, the sharing of stories, as well as times of listening together to the personal stories of those who had experienced profound transformation. There was the orthopaedic surgeon who worshipped happily at an evangelical Anglican church until one day the male surgeon ‘came out’ to her brothers and sisters as a woman and promptly became ostracized – not by her family with whom she still lives as she always did, not by her colleagues at work who welcomed her unconditionally, but by the one place she truly sought acceptance from, her church. Or the student pastor at a Metropolitan Community Church who was finally rejected for ministry in the Methodist Church because she was open about her female partner. Her partner is an Anglican priest who only truly feels herself in worship when she is able to share with her partner at the MCC church. They have five children, one of whom is inter-sex which is a whole other challenge to our understanding of sex and gender. 22

And, finally, there was an opportunity to share in a session called ‘Myth-Busting’ – those hoary old chestnuts that people of faith and diversity feel often can go unchallenged: “The Bible says …” about our sexuality and gender: does it and in what context? “I, as a Christian, believe …” and out comes some subtle or not so subtle homophobic comment “Being gay is a lifestyle choice … you, as a gay person, are not really a person, but some kind of sexual consumerist …” in other words, your identity is not God-given. There were others, including how unhealthy it is for loving gay couples to bring up children, trans-gendered people are really only men and women in drag; and when young people express sexual feelings towards others of their gender, it is only a phase they are going through. It was a day when we were able to offer our profound feelings that there was still a long way to go before the richness and diversity of our sexual and gender identities were understood by both society and our faith communities. Seeking understanding was the overriding theme of the day rather than toleration or acceptance. May our churches and parishes offer such to communities of faith seeking understanding. * The ‘Hurts and Hopes’ Group will meet again on Wednesday 5 February 2014 from 7 - 9pm at the Bodmin Parish Centre. All are welcome. If anyone wants further information or would like to discuss any of the above issues, contact Rob Yeomans at or call 01566 781570.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sir, Creative cosmology… While I found the article about Advent (on page 20 of the December issue of The Coracle) very interesting, as an amateur cosmologist and a gentleman (!), I wish to point out its serious scientific inaccuracies. The best measurement of the age of the universe is 13.798 + 0.037 billion years, confirmed by the agreement of a number of high precision scientific projects based on microwave background radiation measurements. Therefore, the Earth cannot possibly be older than this. In fact, geological evidence defines the age of Earth as  a mere 4.5 billion years old. So, there has never been ‘a time when there was only our amazing Creator God, this earth and the [other] planets’. The Earth is nowhere near ‘20 billion years’ old. It  is not at the centre of the solar system, the solar system is not at the centre of our host galaxy (the Milky Way) and, the Milky Way is nowhere near the centre of the universe!

Sir, 100 opportunities and more, and more... I tend to approach training sessions with some apprehension – I have endured my share of mediocre ‘awareness-raising’! So, when I come across training which has been affirming, encouraging and even inspiring, I reckon it was probably as efficacious as it seemed. About 20 or so of us attended Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Level 1 training in west Cornwall one dark and damp November night; but inside the warm and well-lit church it soon became clear that we were, maybe, on to a good thing. Wide-ranging and open discussions of the issues relevant to all of our churches were spurred on by Sarah Acraman’s clear and wellpaced framework, so that by the end of the evening I was not alone in thinking we had gained much more than a smart certificate of attendance. Sarah is our Diocesan Safeguarding Officer and the authority of her presentation was underlined by the presence of Jane Sloan, Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee and Bishop’s Advisor for Safeguarding. But, reading my November Diocesan Synod papers the next night, I realised that ours was a comparatively well-attended session. On average, only 15 people turn out at a time for safeguarding training. That meant there were at least 100 missed opportunities on this course alone that could have been utilised by PCC members, Readers, LPAs or whoever. We could all have been trained by now, we could all be giving out the message that we are serious about safeguarding people who come to our churches, couldn’t we? We as a ‘church’ constantly bemoan the lack of children in our congregations; yet if we do not show we are serious about them being safe when they do come to church, how can we ever expect parents to have the confidence to come to church and to bring their children? We should all be queuing up for Sarah’s courses and wanting proudly to fill a wall in each of our churches with attendance certificates.

Even so, our Creation is no less amazing.

Now, when will Sarah and Jane be back here with Level 2?

Yours faithfully, Michael Kent

Yours faithfully, David Tremelling


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THE INSURANCE company, Ecclesiastical, is committed to shaping its service to meet the needs of our parishes, writes diocesan secretary, Esther Pollard The firm’s top management team made the Diocese of Truro its first port of call on Monday 18 November as part of a programme of visits across the country to hear comments at first hand from parishes. Does the company’s service meet the parish needs? The Ecclesiastical team was keen to hear what they do well, areas in which they can improve, and to explore any other aspects of parish life that they would like to see supported.

A listening exercise report following a Quinquennial inspection. Suggestions were made too about making the Ecclesiastical website more ‘user friendly’ and providing a customer portal whence information could be readily accessed. It was also suggested that parishes might want to look at ways of working more collaboratively in order to maximise benefits and minimise costs. Those individuals who attended the meeting felt it had been a worthwhile listening exercise and that the dialogue between our organisations should be enhanced. We certainly look forward to inviting representatives of Ecclesiastical to our future PCC Officer training days in 2014, so keep any eye out for details in due course.

Representatives from a range of our parishes took part in the consultation exercise at Epiphany House and the feedback from the meeting suggested that, in overall terms, people were happy with the present level of service. However, a series of questions were raised about the levels of insurance and associated costs, around the firm’s brand, Parish Guard, about Smart Water, health & safety, risk assessments and chancel repair liability. Possible areas for improvement included better communications, support, and speedier, more proactive production of the survey

Pictured at the meeting (extreme left) Jacinta Whyte, deputy Group chief executive & executive director of Ecclesiastical and (presenting) Michael Angell who is head of business relationships.

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COMING UP Marriage preparation course Sue Williams writes… WE ARE running a Relationships Skills Course on Saturday 18 January 2014 from 10.30am 2.30pm at All Saints Church Hall, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LD The course is ideal preparation for marriage and aims to give you skills for life. It covers various topics, including: effective communication, conflict resolution, dealing with anger, practising forgiveness and ends on a high note with speaking your partner’s ‘love language’. We use a PowerPoint presentation, with handouts. Additionally, couples work together – and there may be some group discussion. This course is for couples soon to be married or couples who would like to give their relationship an MOT in a light-hearted but meaningful way. It emphasises helpful strategies and theories for any couple relationship – and they really will make a difference! The cost of the course is £25 per couple to include a light lunch and coffee on arrival. For further information about us and an application form, visit our website,

Sharing our faith Revd Angela Butler writes… AFTER the energy of the Walk Cornwall 2 Mission, the Task Force planning group felt that it would be good to continue to harness this energy by inviting anyone willing to join faith-sharing enterprises in the future to a meeting at the Cathedral Chapter House on 18 January 2014 at 4.15pm. The aim of this meeting would be to gather and register interested folks and discern what training might be suitable, so that any future mission

leaders could call on a pool of enthusiasts as and when they needed. It would be an ecumenical team; so we hope that people from a wide range of Churches would come along; and we would invite church leaders or members to approach and encourage anyone they feel might benefit from training on sharing the Christian faith and/or being part of a wider team. On the same evening, at 6pm, HOPE 2014 will be launched in the Cathedral and so the timing of this meeting is aimed to give people an opportunity to attend both events, with a short break in between. For further information or to register interest if you are unable to come on 18 January, please contact either Revd Angela Butler at or on 01637 859238; or Phil Misselbrook at or on 01326 319946. 25

Announcements The Revd Bridget Louise Guzek had been until recently Priest in Charge of St Buryan, St Levan and Sennen to be Assistant Curate of the benefice of St Stithians, Perran-ar-Worthal and Gwennap, the benefice of Chacewater with St Day and Carharrack, the benefice of Feock and the benefice of Devoran in the Diocese of Truro. She will be licensed by the Bishop of Truro on Thursday 9th January at Lis Escop. The Revd Dr Lucy Larkin at present with Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Truro to be licensed as a Public Preacher in Truro Diocese. She will be licensed by The Bishop of Truro on Tuesday 7th January at Lis Escop. The Revd David John Nixon BA at present Dean of Studies at South West Ministry Training Course to be licensed as a Public Preacher in the Truro Diocese. He will be licensed by the Bishop of Truro on Tuesday 7th January at Lis Escop. The Revd Hilary Lynn Samson Priest-in-Charge of St Newlyn East and Enoder to be also Rural Dean of Pydar Deanery in the Diocese of Truro. She will be licensed by the Bishop of Truro at Newquay on Sunday 5th January at 6pm. The Revd Stephen Smith at present Vicar of All Hallows, Leeds and Area Dean of Headingley in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds to be Priest in Charge of Mabe and Ponsanooth in the Diocese of Truro. He will be licensed by the Bishop of St Germans at Mabe on Tuesday 11th March 2014 at 7pm.

Saturday 23 February 2014 4pm at Mylor Theatre, Truro College Come and see the ‘pitches’ by finalists in the Doing Church Differently projects. Tickets £5 (includes refreshments) from Hall for Cornwall early January

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What’s On ST ENDELLION CHURCH Sunday 2th January 6pm Evening Worship with Taize chants by candlelight. Sunday 9th February 6pm Evening Worship with Taize chants by candlelight. SERVICE IN CORNISH 5 January – Epiphany Gulval Parish Church at 3pm. Further details, KEA CHURCH, TR3 6AE ALPHA COURSE Who’s it for? Never been to church? Not sure what you believe? Maybe you gave up on church a long time ago. This course is designed for you or anyone who doesn’t go to church regularly. It’s a course with small groups of about 12 people, with a host(s) and helper(s). Beginning Tuesday 14 January for 10 weeks. The evenings start at 7pm with a meal, followed by a talk and then informal group discussion, finishing by 9.45 pm. Babysitters available. 26

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Wednesday 1 Cathedral opens at 9.30am Friday 3 10am. BACH 48. Join a ‘chord’ of pianists as they make their way through ‘A Welltempered Clavier’ in one day. Raising funds for new piano for the Cathedral. Saturday 4 12-2pm. Children’s Messy Table. Sunday 5 4pm. Solemn First Evensong of the Feast of the Epiphany.

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Monday 6 2pm & 7.30pm. Windows into the Apostles’ Creed A look at its meaning and history. Pearson Room at Cathedral Office. £10 per course. Six weeks. Entry via blue door opposite entrance to Cathedral car park. 5.30pm. Solemn Eucharist of the Feast of Epiphany. Wednesday 8 10-11.30am. Friends’ Coffee Morning in Pearson Room. All welcome. Saturday 11 2.30pm. Free Cushion Concert in association with the West Briton. All welcome but particularly aimed at families with children. Bring cushions and sit at the very front of the Cathedral, where the Cathedral Choir’s 18 boy Choristers will introduce and sing a short programme of beautiful music. Sunday 12 10am. Solemn Eucharist of the Baptism of Christ. 4pm. Solemn Evensong of Baptism of Christ. 8pm. Open to Question – informal chance to reflect on issues of Faith with Canon Dr Stephen Dawes. Pearson Room. Free. Thursday 16 12 noon. Mothers’ Union New Year Lunch Party in Cathedral Restaurant. Saturday 18 11-2pm. Children’s Messy Table, 6pm. Hope Cornwall Commissioning Service. 18-25. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Sunday 19 Fairtrade Table, after service. Monday 20 10-5pm. Falmouth College of Art Exhibition (until 31 Jan). Saturday 25 1pm. City of Truro Wind Orchestra Informal Concert. Free with collection. 5.30pm. Evening Prayer for Conversion of Paul. 7.30pm. Friends’ of Truro Cathedral Quiz Night. Chapter House. Come as a team of six or join a team on the night. Tickets £10 (includes buffet and first drink) from the Friends’ Office or 01872 274986 or info@friendsoftrurocathedral. Monday 27 All Day. Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition and Prayers.

The Coracle, January 2014