Category Archives: News

Summer Solstice Party

On the evening of 21st June, the Friends held a Summer Solstice Party in the Chapter House Restaurant.  The event was organised by Roberta Evans and those attending enjoyed entertainment provided by Keith Sparrow and the Choral Scholars.  Marilyn and her team provided a hearty supper.


Wesley Cottage, Altarnun Church & Blisland Church

On Thursday 6th June, a group of 13 Friends visited Wesley Cottage at Trewint where we were given an interesting talk on its history and association with John Wesley.  The photographs show the group outside the cottage and in the prayer garden opposite.

We then travelled to the village of Altarnun where we had a delicious lunch in the church hall followed by a visit to the Church where we were given a informative talk on its history and furnishings.  The photograph shows the group inside the church.

Our final visit was to Blisland Church where again we received a most interesting talk on the beautiful interior and the photographs speak for themselves.

Powderham Castle trip

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.

“Birds, Beasts & Befriending”

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.

Love in 4 Seasons

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.

Talk by Dr Michael Tedder

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.

2018-19 Film Club

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.

Gilbert & Sullivan Evening

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.

AGM 2018

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.

Kernow Chocolate Factory visit

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.