On the 30 April a group of 25 Friends went on a coach outing to Powderham Castle which lies in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe. We had a tour of the castle and as the weather was fair, it enabled us to experience a deer park safari.
On the afternoon of Thursday 28 February 2019 the Friends gathered, in the Assembly Room of the Old Cathedral School, for an illustrative and most interesting talk by Dr Ian Brown about his charity trek up remote mountain valleys in eastern Nepal revealing stunning natural beauty and enriched hospitality in a changing country. His talk was illustrated by some beautiful slides and short videos. The event was preceded by a delicious cream tea.
On the evening of 30th January 2019, an audience of 55 thoroughly enjoyed a programme of music and light hearted readings on the theme of love through the seasons featuring St Mary’s Singers, directed by Joseph Wicks, and with readers Juliet and Richard Lingham.
On the evening of 17 October 2018, Dr Michael Tedder, assisted by Daphne Skinnard, gave a talk on the early Bishops of Truro from Benson to Frere their families and households. The event included a drinks and canapes party beforehand and was the first evening event organised by the Friends in the Old Cathedral School. It was well supported and greatly enjoyed by all.
Our popular Film Club will be restarting on Friday 14th September with “Tea with Mussolini”; please visit our calendar to view further details.
Annual membership is £15 for the whole programme, or £5 for a single film.
On Wednesday 25 July, a group of 72 Friends were entertained by the Gilbert and Sullivan Singers from Penzance. The group comprised Kate Wood (Soprano), Angela Thomas (Contralto), Rob Murdoch, Simon Matthews (Tenor) and John Isles (Bass Baritone). The Accompanist was Philip Chant. They sang a selection of songs from 4 Operettas. During the interval a delicious cheese and wine supper was provided by Marilyn and her team. The event was enjoyed by all attendees.
After a carvery lunch, on 20 May, the AGM started at 1.45pm with Reports from the President (The Dean) and our Chairman (Canon Alan). Business concluded with the presentation of 2 bouquets of flowers to our retiring Secretary, Roberta Evans, in appreciation of her many years of service to the Friends. Formal proceedings concluded we then had an interesting talk by our organist, Joseph Wicks, on his life and career in music. He illustrated his talk with extracts of pieces of music which were particularly dear and significant to him.
The 17th April turned out to be a dull and drizzly day but it did not dampen the Friends’ enthusiasm as they set off by coach to visit the Kernow Chocolate Factory, St Eval Candles and Trelawney Garden Centre. At the chocolate factory the Managing Director, Alex, gave us a talk outlining the background of the business, the part his family played in its inception and why it is located in the village of St Eval. During the talk, amongst other things, Alex mentioned the fact that the factory produced 5,000 bars a day for a variety of establishments. During the talk the Friends enjoyed a hot drink and samples of their delicious products. We then had a visit to St Eval candles before travelling to Trelawney Garden Centre for lunch.
On 20th March 2018, a group of Friends spent the afternoon at Shelterbox learning about the work of this excellent charity. We packed a Shelterbox, stepped inside tents and shelters and heard inspiring stories of how Shelterbox helps survivors of worldwide conflicts and natural disasters. How they get aid to the people and how the people rebuild their lives. The afternoon finished with tea / coffee and homemade cakes.
On the evening of the 14th October, fifty Friends attended a Soirée held at the Deanery by kind invitation of the Dean and his wife. The event took the form of a buffet supper prepared by the members of the fundraising team and musical interludes by Becky McGlade, Philip Davey and Florence McDonald.
Here are a few photos from the evening: