Holocaust Memorial Day
This is an annual commemoration and here in the Medway Towns it is hosted in turn at three different venues: Chatham Memorial Synagogue, Mid Kent College and here at the Cathedral. It is our turn to host it this year.
The event itself will be on Thursday 26th January 5.00pm – 7.30pm when we will welcome a number of schools and other Medway organisations. The Dean and the Bishop will be with us for the evening.
There will also be an exhibition in the Cathedral to run for the week prior to the event.
BBC Antiques Series Flog It comes to Rochester Cathedral
Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin, is set to visit Rochester in the new year on Wednesday 25th January 2017. Flog It recently filmed its 1000th episode and the 16th series is currently being recorded. The show regularly achieves an audience of over two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.
Rochester Cathedral will be hosting the Flog It valuation day. Members of the public are invited to visit the Cathedral with up to three antiques or collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued the owner and a team of experts decide whether an object is filmed and gets sent to Hop Farm Auctions in Paddock Wood for inclusion in their sale on Wednesday 15th February.
Everyone who goes along to the valuation day will receive a free appraisal of their items – even if their antiques are not chosen for filming and to go forward for auction.
Flog It has made many significant finds over its sixteen series, including in North Lincolnshire a rare Aboriginal Broad Shield that had been kept hidden away in a viewer’s wardrobe which was brought along to a valuation day, it went on to sell at auction for £30,000! Flog It experts also discovered an unusual Royal Doulton Spook figurine in Blackpool which had been bought at a car boot sale for £2; it went on to sell at auction for £5000.
The Very Reverend Dr Philip Hesketh AKC, Dean of Rochester, said “I’m delighted Flog It! want to come to Rochester Cathedral. Rochester is a truly unique and historic place and the Cathedral, at its heart, is a wonderful space to bring people together.”
Paul Martin, presenter of Flog It said “I’m really pleased to be bringing the show back to Rochester; our last visit was ten years ago when the valuation day was held at the Corn Exchange. I’m looking forward to filming at the Cathedral and hope as many people as possible will come along for a free valuation.”
The BBC will be making four editions of the show featuring Rochester Cathedral and they will be transmitted within eighteen months of recording. Paul Martin will be joined at the valuation day by on screen experts Raj Bisram, Adam Partridge and Elizabeth Talbot.
BBC Flog It will be at Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SX between 9.30am and 4.00pm on Wednesday 25th January 2017. The items selected for filming at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Hop Farm Auctions on Wednesday 15th February.
Appointment of new Canon Precentor
The Dean and Chapter are pleased to announce that the Reverend Matthew Rushton has been appointed as the new Canon Precentor.
Matthew grew up in Rutland and read music at Oxford University. His ambition was to be a conductor, but although as a student he had the hair to be the next Simon Rattle, he didn’t have the talent, so decided that the law would be a more sensible option! He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 at an international law firm and worked at firms in the City and in Oxford, specialising in charities and property law.
He trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his curacy in a group of rural parishes in Lincolnshire – he was also a priest-vicar at Lincoln Cathedral. He moved to Canterbury in March 2012 to be Archbishop’s Chaplain in Canterbury and Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover. He had the privilege of working for both Rowan Williams and Justin Welby and was one of the chaplains at the service of inauguration of Archbishop Justin’s ministry as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. In 2013 he was appointed as Precentor and Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral.
Matthew is married to Elizabeth, a teacher and researcher, and they have two sons, Nathaniel (12) and Lucas (9). He enjoys music, running, walking Ginny the springer spaniel, and exploring Northumberland.
Matthew says: “Rochester Cathedral is a place of deep sacred, historical and cultural significance and I am thrilled to be able to play a part in telling its unique story and to contribute to the development of its worshipping life. I am looking forward in particular to working with the musicians and all those who enable the liturgical ministry of the Cathedral and joining such a committed and enthusiastic team. We will be sad to leave Canterbury, but our whole family is very much looking forward to being part of the community at Rochester Cathedral. I cannot wait to get started!”
Dean Philip Hesketh says, “I am delighted to announce that Matthew will be joining us at Rochester. We are most fortunate to be able to appoint such a gifted and experienced priest. I look forward to getting to know him and his family in the coming years.”
Matthew will be collated and installed shortly after Easter 2017 – details to follow.