Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th November 2018


While we have been remembering with gratitude and sadness the many lives lost in conflict but especially those in the First World War; the armistice was also a moment of joy that the end of the war had come. Sometimes we long for the end to come in our political dealings as well, although they usually chug on somehow, as indeed they usually need to!

It is tempting to think about the legacy we have been left with by various conflicts. While our hearts are devastated at the loss of people, we properly also need to recognise that they fought to defend freedom and peace. If anything, this should mean that we who are left redouble our efforts in that same cause of freedom and peace such that others are not called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in some other conflict. We have an awesome responsibility.

We have been gifted faith, freedom and peace by our forebears, what will be our gift to those who come after us? What can we do to ensure that we leave them with a world in a better state than the one into which we were borne? It will be no mean feat.

Today in the church we celebrate those who have given so much in a variety of ways. This evening we will be particularly thanking and celebrating new Honorary and Lay Canons with their installation at Choral Evensong. We are also launching today a new initiative about leaving a gift to the Cathedral in your will. This is one of the ways we can help to ensure that the Cathedral continues to be looked after and is also left in an improved state.

Finally we can think about not only our legacy/legacies but what we can do to build God’s kingdom in this place. How are we looking forward and what are we building for the future to give people a glimmer of the glory of God as, in the words of the Diocesan strategy, we aim to Live | Pray | Serve.

Reverend Canon Nick Ralph

Residentiary Canon


Welcome to all those attending our services today and to those joining us for Choral Evensong with the installation of our new Lay Canons and the presentation of the Bishop’s Lent Appeal monies.

Canon Peter is at St George’s, Portsea at 9.30am and Canon Nick is at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon at 8am and 10.30am.

Legacies Information will be available at all services today.

Remembrance Children from local primary schools made all the poppies displayed on the Crossing during workshops at the Cathedral. The poppies are all unique with the children choosing their combination of fabrics and buttons which represent the uniqueness of all the soldiers who fell in World War 1. The details of those whose names appear on the War Memorial outside the Cathedral are on display in the Ambulatory until Monday.

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


Window Repairs A section of windows is now back in place in the Navy Aisle. The final section, including The Portsmouth Grammar School window which commemorates pupils who lost their lives in the Boer War, is due to be returned next Friday.


Elisabeth Nott A requiem service for Lis, the widow of Michael Nott, Provost (the title used before Dean) from 1972-1982 will be held at the Cathedral on Thursday 22nd November at 3.00pm.

Christmas Fair 11am-2pm Saturday 1st December Please support the Fair with donations of Christmas decorations, china and glass, toiletries, books, DVDs, CDs, preserves (jams, marmalade and chutney), jewellery, scarves, clothing (unworn with label), bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates for the Tombola. These can all be left in the Cathedral Shop. Please also start baking goods for sale (these need to be marked if they have been frozen or contain nuts). Raffle Tickets are on sale at the Cathedral Shop.

Open Church 2019 Volunteers Sign Up Evening 7.30pm Wednesday 28th November at St Jude's Church, Southsea. The evening will include training and introduce the team from who we work in partnership with. Further information is available in the Welcome Area or through the Cathedral Offices.

Cathedral Shop Advent candles, calendars and Cathedral Christmas cards are now in stock. The card which features the Madonna and Child from the stained glass window in Saint Thomas’s Chapel cost £2.50 for five, with proceeds in aid of the Cathedral and the Friends. Selected items including Verbum Caro Factum Est – a CD of Advent and Christmas music by the Cathedral Choir are also available through our new online shop https://bit.ly/2RVl75V .

Part-time Cleaner We are looking for someone to join the Cathedral team. Six hours per week 9.00-11.00am Tuesday and Friday and 8.45-10.45am alternate Saturdays/Sundays plus occasional overtime. Details and application forms on the website or from Liz Snowball in the offices, 023 9289 2963.

Constitution and Statutes Details of proposed revisions to the Constitution and Statutes relating to the appointment of Honorary Canons, Lay Canons and Canons of Honour together with changes to the lay membership of Chapter; (the latter includes an increase from four to six lay members, two of whom would be elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting) are on the website and noticeboards. Comments should be submitted by Friday 23rd November to Peter Sanders, chapterclerk@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk and will be considered by Cathedral Council on Tuesday 27th November.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 22nd November with Callum Alger (organ), free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 24th November. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 29th November in Becket Hall. Revd Judith Swaine, Chaplain to HMP Isle of Wight, will talk about her prison chaplaincy. £1 donation please, free tea/coffee/biscuits.

Advent Carol Service 6.00pm Sunday 2nd December. A sequence of music and dramatic readings foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ.

Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 6th December in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members welcome.

Christmas Concert by Candlelight 7.30pm Saturday 8th December in aid of Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal in the Cathedral. Join us for an evening of choral music and carols to celebrate the festive season with Portsmouth Cathedral Choir and The Renaissance Choir. Tickets available from https://www.rowanshospice.co.uk/our-events/.

Silver Screen Film “Meet Me in St Louis” (1944) 1.45pm Tuesday 11th December. Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Peter Capaldi 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 11th December at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite .

Change of Service Time Evening Prayer on 4th December will held at 4pm.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Jenny, Alan and Freya.

And those who have died: Laughton Marchment, Elisabeth Nott, Mark Kay (Thanksgiving Service 2.45pm Thursday 29th November) and John Graveney RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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