Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 3rd September


 When it is my turn to write the highlights I turn first to the rest of the newsletter and see what jumps out at me as a suitable subject. The problem this week is that there is so much jumping out at me.

Do I choose to mention the fact that five of the clergy team (six if you count Matt at Harbour Church this morning) are out serving God in other churches within the Diocese of Portsmouth this morning?

Shall I say something about the money raised by the wonderful team who ensure there are good quality refreshments available after our 10.30am service each week? A valuable boost to the work of The Roberts Centre supporting vulnerable families in Portsmouth.

Maybe now would be the time to talk about the various groups which are restarting as we move into September – Toddlers, Craft and Chat, Lunch Club, Junior Sing, and Becket’s Bunch.

Perhaps I should plug some of the events? A quiet afternoon led by yours truly, the Patronal Festival Community Lunch, Lunchtime Live, Heritage Open Days, or our evening with Alan Titchmarsh on 5th October.

What about our latest news? The new en-chamade ‘Trompete de Maris’ which is now in place and being ‘voiced’ this week and the forthcoming inaugural concert.

But I decided to leave you with a question instead. What does all of this say about us as a Cathedral and as a community worshipping God within and around it?

The Revd Canon Peter Leonard

Canon Chancellor



The Dean is at St Alban’s Copnor, Canon Peter is at East Meon and Langrish, Canon Anthony is at St Faith’s Havant, the Revd Dawn Banting is at St Luke’s and St Peter’s, Southsea and the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling is at St George’s, Portsea this morning.

Welcome to Poscimur who will be leading the music at our services today.  

Omega Printmakers Art Exhibition until Thursday. The exhibition and sale will include examples of screen printing, woodblock, lino cut and monoprint, as well as various forms of etching.

Services and Events Choral Evensong will be sung from Saturday. Details of services and events are available on The List and Events Listing both of which are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Organ Stop The new organ en-chamade ‘Trompete de Maris’ is now in place and will be voiced next week. Donations towards this exciting project can be made through the leaflets available in the Cathedral or http://bit.ly/2pwOGga.  The stop will be used during the Evening Organ Concert 6.30pm on Saturday 30th September. The first of the series of monthly concerts will be given by Gordon Stewart, Resident Organist, Huddersfield Town Hall.  Tickets £10.00, (concs £8.00) through Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2tPjcs6, on the door, and from the Cathedral Shop during the week.  The stop will be dedicated on Sunday 1st October.

Sunday Morning Refreshment Surplus donations made by members of the congregation towards refreshments served after the 10.30am Eucharist have amounted to £100.00. A cheque for this amount has been sent to The Roberts Centre. Thank you all for your generosity.

Ghana News Felicia Yeboah Asuamah, wife of Festus the Bishop of Sunyani, has been elected and installed as the National President of the Mothers’ Union in Ghana.  The Diocese is linked with Ghana and as a Cathedral we are linked with Bishop Festus and Sunyani Cathedral – so we uphold Mother Felicia in our prayers as she embraces this very responsible role to which she will bring her own energy and enthusiasm. 


Visit to Uppark Thursday 14th September. There are still a few spaces on what promises to be a wonderful day out organised by the Friends, but open to all.  Cost £22.50 for National Trust members and £31.50 for non-NT members.  Booking through the forms available in the Cathedral.

Chapter The agenda for Chapter’s meeting on Tuesday is on the Cathedral noticeboards and can be downloaded here.

Community Groups Tuesday Lunch Club and our Wednesday Baby and Toddler Group both start again this week.  Toddlers will be held in Becket Hall only due to school beginning of term services. Craft and Chat meets on Thursday in the Bishop Kenneth Room at 2.30pm. Becket’s Bunch, our Sunday School, starts again next Sunday.

Quiet Afternoon 2.00 - 4.30pm Wednesday 20th September in Emsworth. A guided reflection on the theme "A Time for the Harvest" with Canon Peter Leonard. Contact the Cathedral Shop for further details, or to book a place.

Vacancies We have three vacancies advertised due to staff changesand to provide additional administrative support in the Education and Outreach department: Administrative Assistant (Liturgy and Music) and Cathedral Diary Administrator 35 hours per week, Administrative Assistant (Education and Outreach) 14 hours per week, Cleaner part-time six hours per week. Details are available from liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk


Lunchtime Live Our weekly recital series starts again on Thursday 1.10pm with our Sub-Organist Oliver Hancock. Free entry, with retiring collection. Light refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.

Heritage Open Days 10.00am-4.00pm Friday 8th–Sunday 10th September. Enjoy indoor and outdoor tours with our Cathedral Guides.  See the marriage certificate of Catharine of Braganza and Charles II, the original Tangier Plate, and also rare documents and artefacts on display from our archives.  On Friday there will be an opportunity to visit the new organ stop.

Junior Sing! 9.30am Saturday 9th September. A choir for children in Years 3-6. Come and have fun singing! For more information contact Oliver Hancock at oliver.hancock@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Community Lunch Sunday 1st October in Becket Hall.  Tickets £10.00 available from the Friends, the Cathedral Shop during the week or from Churchwarden Sheila Picton on Sunday mornings. 


All those in need including: Martin, Brian, Graeme, Alex, Helen, Frank, Leigh, John, Trish, Linda and Christine.

And those who have died: Pat Abbott (funeral 2.30pm Monday 4th September at Ramsay Hall, 9-13 Byron Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3HN), Michael De Lara, Finley Howells, Julian Linington, and Molly Tranter RIP.

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