Robert’s privilege of acting as verger at St Paul’s Cathedral

The longest-serving member of staff from Truro Cathedral is enjoying what he calls the ‘absolute privilege’ of being a verger at St Paul’s Cathedral today. Robert Preston received the 11th hour call to go and verge at the service on Tuesday. Today was due to be his day off, but he was delighted to spend […]

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The Shelley-shaped holes she will leave behind after retirement

Shelley Porter has been with Truro Diocese since 2001 and when she announced her intention to retire, there was a ripple of disbelief. Shelley is so involved in so many aspects of life across the diocese, from children and families work to lay ministry and discipleship, that it’s hard to imagine how the spaces she […]

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Give a gift this Christmas and support local charities

With Christmas just a month away, towns are packed with shoppers all looking for that last minute, perfect present. Why not give a gift locally this Christmas and do something good for the community at the same time?  The Cornish Christmas Giving catalogue features many worthy local groups and charities who are all working in […]

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Have we abandoned compassion as the UN Rapporteur claims?

The UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, has delivered a heart-breaking report on the impact of austerity on the UK, declaring that we have abandoned compassion and that the levels of child poverty are, “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster.” The report stated that […]

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Making Cornwall a place of sanctuary ‘would make life better for us all’

Making Cornwall a place of sanctuary for others will have the knock-on effect of making the county a better, safer and more supportive place for all of us to live, according to a vicar who is helping to organise a unique conference here next month. The Revd Jeremy Putnam, priest in charge of All Saints […]

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Date announced for service to welcome new Bishop of Truro

The 16th Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, will be given a warm welcome to the diocese in a service at Truro Cathedral on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The service will see the new bishop formally occupy his ‘cathedra’ – his official seat – and the Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Roger Bush, will also present […]

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Synod asked to feed into diocesan Safer Recruitment policy

The last meeting of diocesan synod for 2018 took place this weekend at County Hall in Truro. Safeguarding formed the main part of the meeting with the Safer Recruitment policy currently being developed by the diocesan safeguarding team, being the focus. Sarah Acraman, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, and Sue Day, Diocesan Safeguarding Governance Manager, gave a […]

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We Will Remember Them

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Robert Laurence Binyon Across Cornwall parishes are putting together poignant displays to commemorate the end of WWI. From knitting […]

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Keeping Cornwall safe in the Home Guard

Roy Olver was 16 when war broke out. He was living and working on his family’s farm at Terras, just outside of St Stephens near St Austell, and remembers Mrs Bilkey rushing out of her cottage crying that we were at war. “I couldn’t understand why she was so upset,” says Roy. “I didn’t really […]

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Survivors urged to take part in Truth Project

Bishop Chris has urged people who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse to consider contributing to the ongoing national inquiry chaired by Professor Alexis Jay. The Truth Project is a part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and is coming to Cornwall during November 2018. The project is currently arranging these opportunities in Cornwall, and […]

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