Summer Cheese & Wine Evening
We had a lovely evening on 28th July in the Marquee in Kings Orchard where we enjoyed the music of Balgores and Steve O'Kane. Our thanks to Helen Bannister for preparing a delicious Cheese & Paté buffet.
After expenses we raised almost £1,000 which is fantastic!
Our sincere thanks go to the performers and all the helpers, especially Betty Trollope and Jean Callebaut for arranging the raffle and our host John A Spence. Not forgetting the University of Greenwich for letting us use their Marquee.
Our generous raffle prize donors were:
Francis Iles Gallery, High Street Rochester
Topps Hairdressing, Maidstone Road, Rochester
Pips, High Street Rochester
Strood Academy Supports Chair Project
On Friday 9 July, senior students from Strood Academy presented a cheque for £300 to Canon Philip Hesketh for two new chairs at Rochester Cathedral.
The money, which has been raised through non-uniform days at the school, was presented at the 6th form assembly on behalf of the academy students. Canon Philip Hesketh said a few words before the cheque was presented. Mr M Hancock of Strood Academy said, “It was a privilege to make this contribution to our community, and we are pleased that funds raised have provided something that be used in our local community for many many years to come”.
Works in Progress (as at November 2009)
By Colin Tolhurst
You may be aware that there are a number of building projects taking place in the cathedral at the moment. The projects that will be undertaken over the next eight months or so are as follows:
- Installation of glazed entrances at the North and Great West doors;
- Refurbishment to the Checkers Yard toilet facilities;
- Installation of a disabled toilet in the old shop store;
- Repairs to Treasury Roof and other associated work in this area
The repairs to the Treasury Roof are not due to start until the other projects have finished. For the other projects I will give you a brief up date of where we’re at and an idea of the scheduling for the immediate future.
The glass being used is a low reflecting glass manufactured in Germany. It is on it’s way to the UK and The London Glass Company expects to be in receipt of it by the time this goes to press. The installation of the porch is due to take place overnight and started on 24th November. The first phase of work should be completed by the end of November. All being well, we should be left with a glass shell at the North Door minus the roof and the doors themselves. As this is the disabled entrance there are due to be two openings in the porch, a push button entrance (general entrance) facing the fresco and a trade entrance in line with the current opening.
The glass for the roof will be bent to shape and will be fitted, along with the doors, at a later stage. The aim is that it will be complete and up and running by Christmas. Whilst we are waiting for the roof and doors, measures to make the door safe for use will be put into place. The opening facing the Fresco will be boarded up; a wooden temporary roof will be fitted along with a temporary light. Around the glass edges at the trade opening, pipe-insulating foam will be fixed using hazard tape to identify and reduce the risk of damage to personnel and the glass itself.
There will be limited access through the North Door during this time as the area will be cordoned off to the public. It is hoped, however, that where possible we will be able to achieve disabled access through the door. The aim is to move the desk and units closer to the Fresco during these works but we may have to move them back to their original location.
Great West Door
Work on the Great West Door is due to begin sometime in the New Year.
CHECKERS YARD TOILETS
Work started at the end of November. The toilets are due to be out of use for twelve weeks.
Work on clearing out the old shop store has started and test pits in the Garth have been dug. Services for the toilets will come from Garth House and the test pits are to establish the condition of the archaeology on the route for the proposed pipe work. Once the archaeologist is happy work will commence in digging the trench. At some point the South Door will need to be closed for a day or two. This will be done in consultation with the diary and at a time when it will cause minimum disruption.
The hut in the Tea Rooms car park is nearly complete. Getting power and water to the hut is the next challenge!
Dame Felicity Lott Masterclass, Concert and Dinner
4th November 2009
The renowned English soprano, Dame Felicity Lott, performed a fabulousConcert and Master Class in aid of the Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment. She was accompanied by Eugene Asti, a most distinguished piano accompanists and musician of today.
The first half of the Concert was a Master Class with four students from schools within the Diocese (as below) , after which Dame Felicity concluded her performance with a recital.
A very special dinner was served in the Crypt after the Concert and Dame Felicity was our honoured guest.
Tabitha Reynolds, King's School Rochester; James Robinson, St Olaves Grammar; Dame Felicity Lott; James Liu, Dartford Boys Grammar; Olivia Capozzi, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School. (Photograph by Mick Gell)
Dame Felicity Lott (photograph by Mick Gell)
The Cathedral Crypt looked absolutely magical and our sincere thanks go to William Bartholomew Party Organising for their generous contribution.
The concert was held to raise funds for the Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment.
Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest foundation in the United Kingdom (only Canterbury is older) and one of the few cathedrals in the country trying to sustain a classic choral tradition without any form of historic music endowment. Most other cathedrals have significant historic resources to support their music tradition, we do not. Despite this, we run three choirs – boys, girls and a voluntary adult choir. The boys are drawn from Kings School, Rochester, the girls from a wider variety of local schools, and we are committed to paying educational bursaries to encourage young people’s involvement, contribution, and personal and musical development.
In 2007 we began the task of creating an Endowment to ensure the future and continuity of the musical tradition at Rochester Cathedral. Our intention over the next ten years is to create an endowment of £2m.
The choirs currently provide exceptional music at over 300 services each year; they are led by a Director of Music and an Assistant Director of Music and supported by a small administrative team and a significant number of volunteers.
If you would like further information on how to support Cathedral Music, please contact:
Rochester Cathedral Trust
Report Back from Adidas Women's 5km Challenge
"Team Rochester" met up at the Coach Park on Commercial Road and set off for Hyde Park on Sunday 6th September at 8.30am. We arrived with thousands of other ladies, all there to raise money for their charities.
We had 12 team members on the day.
Back row from left: Lynne Egide; Kay McDowell; Hannah Butler; Jan Butler; Kate Silver; Ann West.
Front row: Joan Todd; Win Lang; Eileen Coleman; Sylvia May; Lisa Parish; Anne Sears.
Congratulations to Lisa in coming in first of our team with a time of 33 minutes, but very special thanks go to the older members of our team for their fantastic effort.
Come ladies! If they can do it – so can you – please join us next year!!
It was a lovely day for a picnic too, plus a great way to raise funds. The total raised will be advised as soon as all the sponsors are collected.