The Dean's Sabbatical
The Dean, Adrian Newman, recently completed a sabbatical looking at the legacy of ‘Faith In The City’ 25 years on. He has written up his research and a paper ‘So Yesterday’ is available to download by following this link.
New Bishop of Rochester Elected by College of Canons
The Right Reverend James Henry Langstaff was formally elected to be Bishop and Pastor of the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Diocese of Rochester in Kent on Monday 26th July.
The Roman Wall
Work is currently taking place in the grounds of the Cathedral to preserve a precious section of the wall that once surrounded and protected the Roman town of Durobrivae. This summer we are doing trial archaeological pits, thoroughly surveying the wall and carrying out emergency repairs.
This section of the Roman wall is important because it is one of the very few remaining parts left. It is mainly the core of the wall that exists in this section above ground level, and there have been many repairs to the facing over the ages. Our excavations, supervised by Graham Keevill, now indicate that an important building was built into the wall in this section in early mediaeval times, looking into the Priory’s infirmary garden. It is likely that this part of the wall owes its survival to the existence of that building.
The work is being generously funded by BIFFA and English Heritage. For further information, see the PDF here.
Voluntary Choir Stranded
Our Cathedral Voluntary Choir was on the last day of their tour to Seattle when the volcano erupted and caused their flight home to be cancelled. They managed to spend a few days in Seattle back with the hosts they had been staying, but on Saturday 17th April they were moved by Air Canada to Edmonton where they were to get the second leg of their flight home. Knowing no contacts in Edmonton, the director of the choir, Douglas Henn-Macrae, got in touch with the Anglican Cathedral, where they joined the home team in the Sunday services. The choir are now being hosted by members of that Cathedral community and awaiting further details of their return journey.
Further details are available in the press release.
Update (22nd April): There is a further press release here.
Update (25th April): Having been accommodated on three different flights on three consecutive days, we are pleased to confirm that all of the Cathedral Voluntary Choir have now made it back to Rochester.
Visual Art at Rochester Cathedral
5th to 27th March 2010
An engaging new work by Kent-based artist Vaughan Grylls comes to the Lady Chapel directly from London's West End this spring. The haunting images represent historical female figures that inspired the artist's mother, Muriel Grylls as a pioneer for women's rights throughout the early 20th Century.
The exhbition is free to view during Cathedral Opening hours. For further details, see the press release.