Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 12th November 2017


I never met my maternal grandfather though I think I know him well. He bought a violin and a piano before buying any furniture for his new wife and their new house after their wedding in 1928. By the time war arrived in 1939 he was too old to be called up for service, nevertheless he joined the RAF Reserve and worked for Air Chief Marshal Leigh Mallory at Southwick House and in Hertfordshire. By November 1944 Leigh Mallory had been appointed as Supreme Allied Commander Asia. This coming Tuesday it will be the 73rd anniversary of their departure from RAF Northolt en route to Ceylon. Appalling weather, four inches ice on windows and wings and -20 degrees in the cockpit meant they crashed in the French Alps and ten souls were lost. Families were shattered and children lost parents. The event was unexpected, abrupt, life stories left incomplete.

This is but one reason for me why Remembrance is so important. Short shrift was given by my 17 year old self in my first job as a Church Organist when my Vicar and Director of Music attempted to suggest to me that Remembrance Sunday was an archaic nod to Armistice, days of Empire and Train Timetables (see The First World War by A J P Taylor for his railway reasoning).

This morning we make our corporate Act of Remembrance along with countless others across the nation. This evening our Annual Remembrance Concert is led by young musicians from The Grammar School.

We remember for three reasons: To thank those gone before for sacrifice. We remember that we might not repeat the mistakes of previous generations. And we remember that we might seize our moment in history; to live life to the full.


Dr David Price, Organist and Master of the Choristers



The Dean is at The Guildhall for the Civic Service of Remembrance,  Canon Nick is at St George’s, Portsea and Canon Anthony is at St Thomas’s, Bedhampton this morning.

Peal  A half-muffled Grandsire Triples peal will be rung this afternoon to mark Remembrance Sunday. It will be rung on the back (heaviest) 8 bells which were cast together in 1912.

Services and Events  The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website. 


WRNS Centenary  The commemorative stone to mark the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and the service of women in the Royal Navy, sited on Cathedral Green, was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal during the Service of Thanksgiving last Saturday, attended by over 1000 former Wrens.  A copy of the list of donors is now on display in the Cathedral and will be available to visitors. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped to make the day a resounding success.


Armed Forces’ Covenant Service 6.00pm Tuesday 28th November. The Bishop will be signing our Diocese’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant during the service. All are welcome.

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The autumn newsletter has been  posted to members this week.  It includes details of the planned visit to Winchester on Thursday 14th December for the Cathedral Christmas Market. 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  New seasonal stock including Advent candles and calendars is available in the shop.  Cathedral Christmas cards featuring the  window, in St Thomas’s Chapel, of the Madonna and Child are available through the Friends or from the Shop later this month.  Price £2.50 for five with proceeds in aid of the Cathedral and the Friends.

Churches Homeless Action Churches across the city are collecting supermarket gift vouchers (£5.00 value please) to be distributed through charities which support the homeless. The cards will be presented at a special service at midday on Friday 15th December St Mary’s, Fratton.  Donations can be handed into the Cathedral Offices or Shop.

Bishop Festus of Sunyani (Ghana) is attending an Anglican Communion consultation in the UK.  He will be in Portsmouth for a short friendship visit 13th–15th November. Do greet him should your paths cross and please contact marion.syms@btinternet.com if you are interested in joining a future Cathedral group visit to Ghana.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday.  An Organ Recital by Peter Gould.  Free entry, with retiring collection. Light refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.

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 at 7.00pm on Friday 17th November following Choral Evensong at 6.00m, all welcome. An Annual Theme event in partnership with Claystation and funded by Awards for All.

Junior Sing 9.30 Saturday 18th November. 9.30am in the Song School. A choir for children in Years 3-6. Come and have fun singing! For more information contact oliver.hancock@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Diocesan Healing Day 9.30am-3.30pm Saturday 18th November. Come and learn more about the Church’s healing ministry. Key note address and workshops. For further details see leaflets or http://bit.ly/2hauNJp Admission £12.00, booking essential. The final service at 2.30pm, led by the Bishop, is free and open to all.

Evening Organ Concert 8pm Friday 24th November.  The second of our new evening series will be given by Portsmouth-born Roger Sayer the Organist and Director of Music at The Temple Church, London. He is also Deputy Chorus Director and Accompanist to the London Symphony Chorus. The programme includes music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Alain. Tickets £10.00 and £8.00 concessions are available through the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite.   

Messy Cathedral 2.00-4.00pm Saturday 25th November.  Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea.

Christmas Fair  11.00am-2.00pm Saturday 2nd December.  Many stalls including china, collectables, toiletries, glass Christmas gifts, cakes, preserves, jewellery, etc. Refreshments and activities for children. Pick up a flyer from the Cathedral Shop or download here.



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

And those who have died: Bryan Day, Judith Gibbon (Cathedral Funeral, Monday 13th November at 1.00pm), and Ian Tremlett RIP.

A complete listing of this week's notices can be found here.  

Portsmouth Cathedral