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Chapel for seafarers is finally dedicated

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: January 27, 2010

Before the service in the chapel are, Mission to Seafarers chaplain Father Mark Mesley, Bishop Tim Thornton, director of chaplaincy, Canon Hugh Mosford and Mission to Seafarers volunteer, Terry Jones. 1001TW03002

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A NEW chapel specifically for the crews of visiting ships has been formally dedicated.

The Falmouth Mission to Seafarers unveiled St Nicholas' Chapel last year, but it's dedication has only now taken place.

The first date for the visit by the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Tim Thornton, had to be postponed when the county was blanketed by snow.

At the rearranged service, the bishop was joined by the Rev Canon Huw Mosford, director of chaplaincy at the Mission to Seafarers in London, and Father Mark Mesley, chaplain to the Falmouth Mission.

The chapel, placed next to the mission's Flying Angel cabin within Falmouth Docks, has been funded by the Par Mission to Seafarers, which also donated the altar, silverware and prayer desk.

Chairs and other items for use within the chapel were given by the Sailors' Society and new Mission Praise hymn books have been bought by the Mission to Seafarers' central office.

The icon to the right of the altar has been bought by the Falmouth Mission in memory of local pleasure boat operator Gerald Pill, who left £24,000 to the mission in his will.

A wooden cross at the rear of the chapel has been handmade by Graham Hall, a mission volunteer and himself a seafarer for 37 years.

Finally, a stained glass memorial window from Armyn House Chapel in Bar Road, which was created in memory of Padre David Roberts, will be installed in the new chapel at a later date.

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