There were thought-provoking questions and conversations at the first of the Diocese of Truro’s annual Roadshows on Wednesday evening in Marazion. A short audio programme of highlights from the evening is available at www.trurodiocese.org.uk

Focussing on health, the evening was led by a panel of five chaired by Truro Cathedral’s Canon Chancellor, the Revd Canon Alan Bashforth and featured the Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith, the Revd Jeff James from Mylor, retired GP and St Enodoc Reader David Elliott and Gareth Dix, a Healthwatch Director and former NHS public health practitioner.

Bishop Chris opened the evening by highlighting the point that society today and many of our churches face situations and issues that weren’t even considered 2,000 years ago when the scriptures were written.

Questions raised during the evening ranged from ‘Where does the panel stand on euthanasia?’ to ‘Is a properly funded NHS the answer to all our country’s health problems?’ and more local issues relating what role the church could have in challenging the fact that health expectancy in the poorest parts of Cornwall is almost six years less than in the more affluent parts of the county.

The second half of the evening featured a Table Talk format which saw panel members join audience tables for discussions around a range of issues looking at attitudes towards mental health, faith healing, obesity and more.

A short audio programme of highlights from the first roadshow in Marazion is available at www.trurodiocese.org.uk

The second roadshow, which also focuses on health, takes place at Launceston Town Hall on October 11. All are welcome to attend and doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

If you are unable to attend but would like to put a question to the panel, please send your questions to comms@truro.anglican.org before 5pm on Monday, October 10.