Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 11th November 2018


Remembrance Sunday is always a poignant, moving and important day. Even more so this year as we commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War. As we stand in silence we remember all of those men and women who have given so much to ensure that we can live the lives we do today.

For me this year has been different because of a number of initiatives. Within the Cathedral, and around the country, we have the silhouette figures of “There but not There” – a powerful reminder of those who died during the First World War. We also have the exhibitions in the Ambulatory of pictures of the battlefields and details of the people behind the names on the War Memorial outside the Cathedral where a lone piper will play after our evening Eucharist. Do take time to look at these if you haven’t done so already. At 6am on Sunday morning a lone piper, one of 1,300 across the country, will play the specially commissioned piece ‘Battle’s Over’ outside the Cathedral and after Matins the bell ringers will ring a peal with 7000 changes to mark the 7000 people from Portsmouth who lost their lives during the First World War.

All of these have helped make the names and people I shall be remembering ‘real’ to me. Now of course they are people but somehow this year they seem more real, more part of the history of the community I am part of, more part of my personal history. Real people who made a real difference and a real sacrifice – for their country and for me.

So we remember with gratitude and to honour them. We also remember to ensure that we do all we can to continue to try and bring peace to the world and to care for the people of it.

The Revd Canon Peter Leonard

Acting Dean and Canon Chancellor


Welcome to all those attending Matins for Remembrance Service this morning and our Eucharist Service this evening which is followed by the Remembrance Concert. Tickets available at https://bit.ly/2O5QZ9W .

Canon Peter is attending the Service of Remembrance outside the Guildhall this morning.

Peal for Armistice 100 at 11.30am the Cathedral will be taking part in ‘Ringing to Remember’ when bells across the country will ring to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

Standing in Silence Art Exhibition Today is your last opportunity to view this exhibition by Hampshire photographer John Farnhill.

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


Grateful thanks to The Ouseley Church Music Trust who have made a grant of £10,000 over the next two years to support the Cathedral Choir, and our outreach programme “Cathedral Sing”.

Education Outreach Nearly 500 children from local primary schools made all the poppies displayed on the Crossing. We held school workshops on the theme of Remembrance, where children explored the memorials and monuments in the Cathedral. The poppies are all unique with the children choosing their combination of fabrics and buttons. This represents the uniqueness of all the soldiers who fell in World War 1.


Chapter Meeting 7.00pm this Tuesday. The agenda for this meeting is on the website and noticeboard.

Honorary and Lay Canons The Revd Kevin Arkell, Vicar of Newport; The Revd Canon Tom Kennar, Rector of Havant and The Revd John Owen, Vicar of Steep will be installed as Honorary Canons and Robert Solomon; Graham Salter; and Bradley Albuery as Lay Canons during Choral Evensong next Sunday which will be followed by the presentation of Bishop’s Lent Appeal monies and a reception.

Christmas Fair 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. A4 and A5 posters are available. Please take one if you are able to display them in a public place to advertise the Fair which is 11am-2pm on Saturday 1st December.

Light Up a Lantern for a loved one. The Tower is lit this weekend to mark the centenary of the Armistice. If you would like to remember someone who lit up your life by having the Cathedral Tower lit on the day of your choice please contact lantern@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or see details on the website and in the Welcome Area.

Roads For those attending services and events next weekend there will be one way systems in place between Winston Churchill Avenue and Museum Road and Cambridge Road and St Michael’s Road. Please allow extra time for travelling.

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.

Legacies Information on legacies will be available at all services on Sunday 18th November.

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.


Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Matt Smith 7.00-9.00pm this Tuesday at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite .

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 15th November with Nick Miller (organ), free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Vintage Kilo Sale 10.00am-3.30pm Saturday 17th November in the Nave. Seven tonnes of handpicked vintage men’s and women’s clothing from the 60s-90s. Clothing priced at £15.00 a kilo. Free entry, pay for what you buy.

Stand Together 3.30-5.30pm Sunday 18th November in Becket Hall. An event for everyone interested in the work of Christian Aid. Featuring inspiring stories, campaign updates and cake. Sarah Roure, who heads Christian Aid’s Brazil country programme, is the guest presenter. Please register in advance at 023 8070 6969 or southampton@christian-aid.org .

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.

Advent Carols 6.00pm Sunday 2nd December. A sequence of music and dramatic readings foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ into our world.


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

And those who have died: Mark Kay, Laughton Marchment (Cathedral funeral 11.30am 19th November) and June Pepin RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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