Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 17th September 2017



How do we do Cathedral…..?

For the second time in my lifetime, the Archbishops are interesting themselves in cathedrals. This seems a little indulgent, not to say premature to me. The independence of English Cathedrals and framework of governance was initiated by Henry VIII in 1542, though busy 20th Century bishops thought it important to revise the way cathedrals worked in 1931, 1963 and 1999. It might seem odd that we’re at it again in 2017.


Perhaps we should not be surprised though. Cathedrals are often the ‘shop window’ of the Church of England. By and large our congregations are growing and it is possible to offer a breadth and depth of mission and worship through the very nature of being cathedral.


This week at Portsmouth provides a snapshot of how that plays out. Yesterday we welcomed 350 singers from across the diocese to work with the composer John Rutter; on Monday we shall licence a new Chaplain for the Bishop in Evensong; the same day we welcome a school for workshops; on Wednesday Evensong is attended by the National Conference of Diocesan Advisory Committees who review fabric works in all Church of England churches; our College of Canons meet on Thursday; on Friday our Girl Choristers and Men sing a concert at All Saints Church in Steep as part of our Diocesan Outreach; we admit new Readers for the Diocese on Saturday morning and welcome those who have completed the Living Faith Course. 


So in the 21st Century, being Cathedral is about sharing our building, staff and resources like never before as we play host, offer hospitality and shared worship. Thank you to all: congregation, staff, Chapter and volunteers alike who make all this possible.


                                                                                   Dr David Price

Organist and Master of the Choristers





Services and Events Details are available on The List and Events Listing both of which are available in the Cathedral or on the website. 



Organ Stop ‘Trompete de Maris’ the latest addition to the Cathedral’s music repertoire will be played in concert for the first time on Saturday 30th September during our Patronal Festival.  The concert by Gordon Stewart, Resident Organist, Huddersfield Town Hall is the first in a monthly series. Tickets £10, (concs £8) through http://bit.ly/2tPjcs6, on the door, or at the Cathedral Shop.  The stop was designed by Nicholson & Co Ltd and was installed during the summer.  The full story can be read on the website.


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



Heritage Open Days and Ride and Stride - Many thanks to our volunteers who dedicated so much of their time to welcome visitor who came to see items on display and explore parts of the building.


Cathedral Council and Chapter - The agenda for Monday’s joint meeting can be found here. The congregational representatives are Nick Speller and Shirley Grayson-Smith who can be contacted through the offices. 


The College of Canons meets on Thursday.  Members will attend Choral Evensong during which the new Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Revd Belinda Davies and Mission and Discipleship Officer, the Revd Andrew Hargreaves will be licensed.  The Bishop’s Chaplain, the Revd Richard Wyld will be licensed at Choral Evensong on Monday.


2018 Annual Theme Consultation - Sunday 24th September after the 10.30am service.   An opportunity to contribute to next year’s theme: Time.

Planned Giving New Envelopes If you give weekly using the small numbered envelopes, you will need a new set from Sunday 8th October.  These are now ready for collection in the Cathedral Shop. 


Chapter at its meeting last week:

·         Undertook its annual review of the Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Statement which were adopted.  Copies are on the website and in the Cathedral.

·         Considered revisions to the Choir Tour policy.

·         Discussed the first draft of the 2018 budget.


Pompey Chimes Copies of the latest diocesan newspaper are available in the Cathedral.


Vacancies - We have three vacancies advertised: Administrative Assistant (Liturgy and Music) and Cathedral Diary Administrator 35 hours per week, Administrative Assistant (Outreach and Education) 14 hours per week, Cleaner part-time six hours per week. Details are available on the website.


Living Faith Course - Module 6 Challenging Choices Christian Ethics. Ethics and living a good life is a key theme in Christianity. This module considers the way in which we make those decisions and starts on Wednesday. For further details contact Sarah Lovatt in the Offices.




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. Transport can be arranged.


Lunchtime Live -  1.10pm Thursday 21th September.  Gary Desmond (Bath Abbey), organ recital. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.


Junior Sing - 9.30-11.00am Saturday 23rd September in the Song School Cathedral House.  If your child is aged 7-11 and loves to sing please contact oliver.hancock@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.  No audition required.


Claystation - Monday 25th September to Sunday 15th October. Artist Ginny Topp will be in residence with a table in the Welcome Area for visitors to make clay fish.  Join in or observe these works of art in progress in the Welcome Area.


Messy Cathedral - 2.00pm Saturday 30th September. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea.


An evening with Alan Titchmarsh - 7.30-9.00pm Thursday 5th October. Alan will share his thoughts and views on ecology and the environment and in particular our impact on and stewardship of it.  Tickets available through Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2fdCFJQ. Free event with a retiring collection for a charity of Alan's choice.






All those preparing for licensing

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

And those who have died:  Simon Daykin, Michael De Lara, Pat Abbott, Trish Locke, Jean Vernon-Jackson, and Doreen Waterworth RIP.


A complete listing of the notices can be found here.

Portsmouth Cathedral