Help restore zero VAT
The Acting Dean of Rochester, Canon Dr Philip Hesketh, has asked that you please support this petition to bring back zero rate VAT on alterations to listed Churches. Please click on the link below and sign the petition, it will make such a difference.
We the undersigned urge the Chancellor to reconsider the extension of the standard rate of VAT (currently zero rated) to alternations to listed places of worship. This will have the effect of penalising the Church of England's 12,500 listed cathedral and church buildings, almost entirely maintained by volunteers and voluntary giving, who are currently altering their buildings to make them suitable for use by the wider community. The extra cost this will impose will seriously threaten the continuation of such works. Extending the remit of the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme, with no additional funding, will go no way to mitigating this. It merely means a shrinking pot will be stretched even further.
New Dean of Rochester announced by Number 10
New Dean of Rochester announced click for further details
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Mark Howard Francis Beach, MA, DMin, Team Rector of Rugby in Coventry Diocese, to be appointed to the Deanery of the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the elevation of the Very Reverend Adrian Newman, BSc, MPhil as Suffragan Bishop of Stepney on 1 April 2011.
The Revd Dr Mark Howard Francis Beach MA DMin (50) has been appointed the new Dean of Rochester Cathedral.
Currently Team Rector in the Diocese of Coventry, Mark is familiar with parts of Kent, having first studied at the University of Kent. He said: "I am delighted to be coming back to Kent. I often passed over the railway bridge and looked admiringly at the Cathedral and Castle but never dreamt I would one day live next door! It is a good time to be joining the team at Rochester as Bishop James leads a renewed vision for the diocese and the Cathedral awaits the outcome of its Heritage Lottery Fund bid.”
“I am looking forward to building on the work of Adrian Newman, the previous Dean, and deepening relationships with the diocese and other parts of society in the area. I am especially keen that the Cathedral should play an important part in the life of Medway, whose aspirations to become a city I share.”
“Cathedrals are beacons of our faith and places of welcome and sanctuary from the busy world. In the present economic environment this becomes even more important and I hope that together we can continue this openness to the church and the world.”
Mark has a keen interest in the voluntary sector and has been the Chair of Trustees of Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action for the last 4 years. He has also led the churches involvement with the sector in Coventry and Warwickshire as Transforming Communities Officer for the Diocese of Coventry.
He is a regular contributor to Radio 2 and 4 and to local radio in Warwickshire. Mark is married to Annabel and they have one daughter Ellie (15).
In his spare time, Mark is a keen blogger, enjoys singing and spending time with his family and their exuberant Lurcher, Murphy. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Revd Dr Beach will be installed as Dean in Rochester Cathedral on Sunday, May 20 at 3.15pm.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
BBC2 premiered the first of the 2 part "Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Charles Dickens on Tuesday 17th January 2012. This is part of the Dickens bi-centenary celebrations for 2012. Check out the link to find out more about the filming that took place in Rochester!
Rochester Cathedral Commemorates 9/11
Rochester Cathedral is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington (known as 9/11) with a visual installation on the Pavement in front of the High Altar.
A moment of silence will be kept at 1.46 on Sunday the time of the first impact on the World Trade Centre and a prayer offered for world peace.
The installation will be in the cathedral from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Access will be limited on Saturday due to ordination service.
A pile of dust and rubble built on the table top of the cathedral’s mensa altar and overshadowed by two requiem candles symbolising the twin towers of the New York World Trade Centre will be the focus for our remembrance. Set in the very heart of the cathedral, the image will be transmitted to a TV screen by the Great West Doors and will call to mind all those who died that day and all whose lives have been taken or scarred by the violence of terrorism.
The ruinous heap reminds us of the dust and ashes from which we all have been formed and to which we will return – and our need for God to breathe forgiveness, hope and new life into all that we spoil and destroy.
People are invited to stand or kneel in the silence before the installation in remembrance and to light a candle in memory of a victim and as a commitment to reconciliation and peace within the human family. For Christians, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross reaches out into the darkness and pain of every age to heal, comfort and redeem. People of all faiths and none are invited to share in this moment of commemoration and our common commitment to peace.