Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 9th December 2018


It’s only the Second Sunday of Advent, but already our choirs have sung four Carol Services including a service for The Hampshire and IoW Emergency Services and The Second Sea Lord’s Carol Service on board HMS Victory.

Next week will see the Cathedral Choir depart for a tour to Antwerp and Ypres in Belgium where we shall sing concerts and services as well as the Last Post Ceremony at The Menin Gate next Sunday evening. These tours are hugely important to the life of the choir in terms of morale and musical aspiration. But more importantly they enable real and enduring links to Christian friends across the continent for choristers and adults alike, and they showcase the unique Anglican choral tradition to Europe, where the musical profile of choirs is very different.

When we return, we shall get back to the business of supporting Cathedral services alongside Cantate and Consort. The numbers of people attending Christmas Services has grown five-fold in the last twenty years, and this year we are adding a fourth Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm. Please see the full published list of Christmas Services.

Dr David Price

Organist and Master of the Choristers


Canon Peter is at St Nicholas, Wickham for their Patronal Festival this morning.

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


Christmas Fair Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christmas Fair: baking cakes, moving tables, staffing stalls, greeting people or buying items! We have raised in the region of £6,000 and much fun was had by all present! A big “Thank You” especially to Linda Swinburne for coordinating it and to everyone involved it is much appreciated.

Southside Works The works funded by Chapter as part of its commitment to the stewardship of the Cathedral building are now complete. External scaffolding is due to be removed on Monday.

Chapter met on Monday 4th December and approved the 2019 budget.


Decorating the Cathedral for Christmas If you would like to donate the cost of a poinsettia for the Cathedral's Christmas arrangements, please put your envelope marked 'Flower Guild Christmas' into any of the donation boxes, the shop or the Cathedral Offices. The Flower Guild would also welcome help to decorate on the morning of Friday 21st December. All welcome - no experience necessary. Please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the offices for more details.

Cathedral Shop Advent candles, calendars and Christmas cards are now in stock. The Cathedral card which features the Madonna and Child from a window in Saint Thomas’s Chapel costs £2.50 for a pack of five. 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.

Churches Homeless Action Churches across the city are collecting supermarket gift vouchers (£5.00 value please) to be distributed through charities which support the homeless. Please hand any donations into the Cathedral Offices or Shop by Tuesday 18th December.

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral visit to Winchester Thursday 13th December. Cost £20 per person. Please contact the Friends’ Office, 023 9289 2963 or friends@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk by midday on Monday if you would like to take up one of the last remaining places

Crib Services 2.30pm and 4.00pm Christmas Eve. Presents for under the Christmas tree can be brought to the service and will be distributed through the Roberts Centre.

Donation boxes Thanks to the Friends of the Cathedral who have funded one of the new donation boxes in the Cathedral.

A Gift in your Will Please pick up a leaflet about legacies. If you have any queries or want to talk more about making a will or changing your will, please get in touch with Tim Sledge, Head of Fundraising tim.sledge@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .

Living Faith Course - Mission Shaped Church This updated module, starting Wednesday 16th January, considers the challenges that face the contemporary church in the light of previous church history. For further details contact sarah.lovatt@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .


Silver Screen Film “Meet Me in St Louis” (1944) 1.45pm this Tuesday. 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 this Tuesday at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite .

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30-9.30pm this Tuesday. All welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral. The theme is entitled ‘gift’.

Changes to Services Evening Prayer on Wednesday 12th December will be at 5pm. There will be no midday Holy Communion due to schools’ Carol Services on Friday 14th December.

Messy Cathedral Sadly we have had to cancel December’s Messy Cathedral due to a lack of volunteers. If we have enough volunteers we plan to have the next Messy Cathedral session on 30th March 2019. If you would like to help please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.

Portsmouth Choral Union Concert – Wassail! with Castle Primary School 7.30pm Saturday 15th December. Alexander L’Estrange adds some festive spirit to his inimitable jazz style in his new song cycle for Christmas. Tickets from http://pcuchoir.org/shop/ or 023 9282 2227.

Annual Theme Our theme in 2019 will be Living Well. During the year we will be exploring wellbeing through a range of activities and events. To launch the programme we are delighted to welcome best-selling author Ruby Wax who will be joined by Gelong Thubten (a monk) and Ash Ranpura (a neuroscientist) at the Cathedral on Saturday 12th January at 6.30pm. Tickets from £11 including a complimentary signed copy of her new book “How To Be Human: The Manual” through https://bit.ly/2FNeLEy.


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

And those who have died: Noel Armstead, David Banks, John Graveney, Mark Kay, Elisabeth Nott and Paul Sharpstone RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral