Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 7th October 2018

Highlights: 1918 Anniversaries and Music

Our 100 days of Commemoration of WWI continues, leading up to the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November. This Sunday also happens to be the exact centenary of the death of the composer C. H. H. Parry, who died aged 70 in the 1918 influenza epidemic. So at the Royal Marines Band Service Memorial Service this morning, the anthem will be ‘Blest pair of sirens’, Parry’s glorious setting of John Milton’s ‘Ode at a Solemn Musick.’ And at the evening Eucharist one of the hymns will be ‘Dear Lord and Father,’ set to Parry’s much loved tune called ‘Repton’ (originally written for his 1888 oratorio ‘Judith’ – which is being revived at the South Bank next year).

Music by two composers who died on active service in 1918 is also being played before the RMBS service: Cecil Coles served in WWI as Bandmaster for Queen Victoria’s Rifles; he was killed by sniper fire while helping to recover casualties on 26th April 1918. The organist and composer Ernest Farrar had studied under Stanford and taught Gustav Holst; he enlisted with the Grenadier Guards in 1915, and died in the Battle of Épehy Ronssoy on 18th September 1918 – he had been at the Front for two days.

Parry’s music will feature in the concert the Cathedral Choir is giving at St Mary’s Portchester on Friday 12th October 7.30pm, when ‘I was glad’ will feature in the programme.

Looking further ahead: on Monday 5th November, the Evensong anthem will be ‘In Paradisum’ by Edward Naylor, written in 1914 when he was Organist at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in response to the news of the first casualties, including former students, in August 1914. And on Tuesday 6th November, the canticles at Evensong will be the setting by William Browne, who had been organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and a close friend of Rupert Brooke. He was killed in action in the Dardanelles in 1915 at the age of 26. The anthem on this day will be ‘Expectans expectavi’ by Charles Wood, setting words by the Scottish war poet C. H. Sorley, son of a colleague of Wood’s, who was killed on 13th October 1915.

The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Canon Precentor


Welcome to all those attending the Royal Marine Band Service Memorial Service this morning.

Canon Anthony is at east Hayling this morning.

Indonesia Tsunami Appeal There will be a retiring collection at this evening’s service. Donations can also be made online through https://bit.ly/2Quo2lq .

The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Cathedral Council Dr Bryn Hughes, long serving member of our choir, congregation and intercessor has been co-opted as a Bishop’s Council nominee on the Cathedral Council. Dr Simon Kolstoe has replaced David Carpenter as the University of Portsmouth representative on the Council which meets with Chapter on Wednesday to consider the first draft of the 2019 Budget. The agenda for the meeting is on the website and noticeboard. The congregational representatives on the Cathedral Council are Shirley Grayson-Smith and Nick Speller both of whom can be contacted at services or through the Cathedral Offices.

Thank you to everyone who helped and attended Love Southsea’s Big Coffee Morning for Macmillan. A fabulous £431.45 was raised for the charity.

Education Outreach Last week The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School took part in our History workshop and Year 3 pupils learned all about the history of our Cathedral and how events are commemorated in our windows. This week, St George’s Beneficial Year 5 children attended a Spirituality workshop entitled ‘Here I am’ and they used the Lord’s Prayer to reflect on their world and their environment.


British Nuclear Test Veterans Association Members of the association attended a short service in the Memorial Garden on Tuesday as their annual remembrance of those affected by the tests in the Pacific.

Appointment of Dean Interviews take place this week. An announcement of appointment will be made in due course. Details of the appointment process are on the Church of England website https://bit.ly/2OgW9Qm. Please pray for all those involved.

Planned Giving For those who give using the weekly envelopes, new sets are available for collection in the Cathedral Shop area. If you would like more information about ways of making regular donations to the Cathedral including the Parish Giving Scheme please contact the Finance Officer nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .

Walk for Freedom 11.30am Saturday 20th October starting at the Guildhall Square. Organised by Stop the Traffik Portsmouth and A21 (an anti-human trafficking organisation) to raise awareness about Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Portsmouth. For further details and register attendance see https://www.stopthetraffik.org/ .

Time Theme: Autumn Book Group ‘How to Stop Time’ by Matt Haig a love story with thriller aspects that deals with time, ageing and even the gift of death itself. Held at 12 Hartford House either: 10am-12pm Monday 29th October; 3-5pm Thursday 1st November or 7-9pm Wednesday 7th November. For further details, or if you are unable to source the book or to attend please contact caroleaking@gmail.com by 10th October.

Our Cathedral Link with Sunyani Cathedral in Ghana A leaflet is available in the Welcome Area to help trace the development of this vibrant link.


Silver Screen Film “High Society (1956) 1.45pm this Tuesday. Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Olive Murray (voice). Retiring collection and refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.

Cathedral Choir in Concert at St Mary’s Portchester 7.30pm this Friday. Tickets £8.50 (£5.50 concessions) available from St Mary’s Church Office stmaryoffice@btconnect.com or 023 9232 1380. All proceeds will be in aid of the Blind Veterans UK.

Sunday Services Please join us next Sunday for the Seafarers Service attended by the Lord Mayor and City Councillors. The service will conclude with a procession to Grand Parade and annual laying of wreaths. Eucharist will be celebrated at 6pm and include the commissioning of the new Diocesan Secretary, Victoria James, by the Bishop.

Art Exhibition ‘The Invisibles’ Journey’ 15-28 October in the Ambulatory. Journeys Festival International presents paintings, drawings and prints realised by migrants, and photographic images of some of the migrants who took part in art workshops organised by the charity Secours Catholique at its day centre in Calais. For further details about events in Portsmouth see http://www.journeysfestival.com .


All those in need including: Frank, Brian, Margaret, Roger, Derek, Stuart, Tricia, Eric, Jane and Gita.

And those who have died: William Covington, Jeannette Hayward (Deacon), Ben Wilson and Andrew Waugh RIP.

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