Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 29th October 2017


Mention the word ‘Reformation’ and most English people think of Henry VIII, but Henry’s troubles with his line of accession and the Pope were a minor sideshow in the process which was symbolically begun by Martin Luther in October 1517 when he nailed his objections to medieval catholicism to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. 

Much of what we take for granted in contemporary society stems from that movement, and there are lots of events in the media reflecting on the effects of the Reformation.  Individual conscience, the questioning of all authority, the right to believe what one decides and the rise of democracy can all be traced to the movement which swept Europe in the first half of the sixteenth century.  Add to those the dramatic shift from religious to secular art, the rise of drama and the separation of sacred and secular life and the ubiquity of printing and we begin to get a flavour of the radical realignment of culture that took place.

The Church of England in its foundation is both catholic and reformed, and our liturgy and practice aim to reflect that.  Our history shapes us - and the more we understand about it, the more we understand about our present.


David Brindley

Dean of Portsmouth




The Dean is at Holy Trinity, Fareham and Canon Peter is at St Columba, Fareham this morning.

Finding Peace Exhibition Today is the final opportunity to see this exhibition of contemplative images taken around the Cathedral, and the interactive electronic installation “Being Present”.

Journeys Festival International  Learn more about how Portsmouth has welcomed its new residents in a unique audio-visual documentary exhibition ‘Journeys to Portsmouth’ this afternoon 12-2pm and 4-6pm in the container on the south side of the Cathedral.

Services and Events  The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.  Evening Prayer replaces weekday Choral Evensong until Monday 6th November whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on half term.


Great South Run Congratulations to the Dean, Canon Peter, John Bolt and others from the Cathedral Community who completed the the Great South Run last Sunday. Over £800 has been raised for the Roberts Centre and £330 for the Elizabeth Foundation.  Donations can still be made through the links on our website http://bit.ly/2ijSumF.

Pompey Chimes  The November issue of the Diocesan Newspaper, which includes articles on the WRNS Centenary Service , the RSCM singing day and the Modern Slavery Day held at the Cathedral, is available to pick up from the Cathedral Shop or to read online http://bit.ly/2pCfsaN


The Cathedral Council and Chapter meet on Monday 30th October.  The Congregational representatives are Shirley Grayson-Smith and Nick Speller who can be contacted after Sunday morning services or through the Cathedral Offices.  The agenda for the meeting is on the noticeboard and can be downloaded here.

Old Portsmouth Good Neighbours Group Many thanks to all those who attended last Tuesday’s meeting in Becket Hall.  There is interest in setting up a local group. Anyone willing to join a working group is invited to get in touch with the Good Neighbours Network Adviser (Portsmouth) Vicky Halliday through info@goodneighbours.co.uk.

Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 2nd November at 2.30pm in the Bishop Kenneth Room.  All welcome to join this informal group.

All Souls Eucharist with commemoration of the departed. 6.00pm Sunday 5th November. A sequence of reflective readings and music within the Eucharist and the music of the Fauré Requiem sung by the Cathedral Consort. If you would like someone to be remembered at the service please add the name to the list in the Welcome Area. All are welcome.

Women’s Royal Naval Service Centenary Thanksgiving Service.  The Cathedral will be closed until Evening Prayer on Saturday 4th November for the centenary service which is ticketed and fully subscribed.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal  Poppies are now available in the Cathedral.

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral  The autumn newsletter will be distributed to members in the next fortnight.  If you would like to know more about membership please pick up a leaflet in the Cathedral or contact friends@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Cathedral Shop  The new stock including Advent candles and calendars is available in the shop.  Cathedral Christmas cards featuring detail of the lancet window of St Mary and Jesus in St Thomas’s Chapel will be on sale from November.  Proceeds in aid of the Cathedral and the Friends.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm on Thursday 9th November.  Recital by musicians from St John’s College, Southsea.  Free entry, with retiring collection.  Light refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.

Remembrance Concert 8.00pm Sunday 12th November.  Featuring The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir and Orchestra with the London Mozart Players.  A world premiere of a major new choral work by John Woolrich and works by Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, Bloch and Bridge. Tickets £10 (under 18 free) through Eventbrite.

Make a Fish – Make a Wish The fish made during the recent art residency will be installed in the Cathedral as a shoal at a reception on Friday 17th November at 7.00pm, all welcome. An Annual Theme event in partnership with Claystation and funded by Awards for All.

Christmas Fair  11.00am-2.00pm Saturday 2nd December.  Many stalls including unique wood and glass Christmas gifts, decorations, homemade cakes, preserves, jewellery, etc.  Raffle with amazing prizes, refreshments and activities for children.  Entry 50p full details on the flyers in the Cathedral.



All those in need including: Martin, Graeme, Alex, Helen, Frank, John, Christine, Roger, Amanda, and Vic.

And those who have died: Bryan Day, Henry Lees, Richard Lofthouse and Ian Tremlett (Cathedral Service 10.00am Friday 3rd November) RIP.

For a complete listing of this week's notices, click here

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