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Archbishop Welby set to visit Penzance

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: October 15, 2013

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FOR the first time in living memory, the head of the Church of England is scheduled to pay a visit to West Cornwall.

Justin Welby, who took over as the Archbishop of Canterbury from Dr Rowan Williams in February, will be in Penzance and Newlyn on Saturday, November 16 as part of a three-day pastoral visit to the Diocese of Truro.

After a tour of the Penwith College campus and a breakfast Q&A session with students, the Archbishop will visit the Giving Shop in the Wharfside Shopping Centre before moving on to St Mary’s Church.

There, in a morning service for people who have been recently bereaved or who have cared for those who are bereaved, the Archbishop will speak about hope in dark times.

Mousehole Male Voice Choir will be singing along with the Penlee Cluster choir.

The exhibition, which will run from November 2 to 17, will feature work by acclaimed sculptor Tim Shaw, recently elected as one of only 80 Royal Academicians, and Roy Ray, whose Ground Zero Panel is in the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.

After the service the Archbishop will accompany crew members from Penlee lifeboat station across to Newlyn and be given a trip around Mount’s Bay in the all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen.

Other places in Cornwall that the Archbishop will visit include Launceston, Liskeard, Truro and the Eden Project.

Coinciding with the Archbishop’s visit, the church is also home to an exhibition ‘Hope in Darkness’.

The exhibition, which will run from November 2 to 17, will feature work by acclaimed sculptor Tim Shaw, recently elected as one of only 80 Royal Academicians, and Roy Ray, whose Ground Zero Panel is in the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.

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  • rickoon  |  October 15 2013, 6:49PM

    "FOR the first time in living memory, the head of the Church of England is scheduled to pay a visit to West Cornwall." Well did you ever. I wonder what the reason for this is then. A few things have been going on though, so showing your face could be the best option.

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