Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 16th September 2018


Church bells are a significant, but often forgotten, part of church life. Bells mark out the passing of time in the form of a church clock. Bells ring for services, and to celebrate ecclesiastical and civic occasions. Bells might ring in times of war to warn of danger. Bells toll slowly to mark the death or funeral. The noise of bells is part of the church’s message to wider society: they mark in sound the life of the church.

When I was a parish priest, one of my first acts after licensing was the restoration of the ancient practice of ringing the bells before the daily office and Eucharist. For many people the sudden sound of the bells midweek came as something of a shock. “Vicar, why do you ring the bells on a morning?” I was frequently asked. For those of an older generation there was a sense of something being restored, and they would recount when last an incumbent had rung the bells and kept a daily office. Certainly for most people in the village there was a sense that the church was alive during the week and that a round of prayer was being sustained, and a number of people said that they had begun to say a prayer when they heard the bells.

In a society that often thinks that church buildings are dead or abandoned places, bells offer the possibility of pointing to the vitality of a church community, and that the vitality is not being offered only to those who are ‘part of the club’, but is offered to all those who can hear the bells.

On Saturday our Cathedral bells will ring a full peal of over 5000 sequences: the gold standard of bell ringing. As we hear the bells, it is worth reminding ourselves of the impact they can have on society around us.

The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

Residentiary Canon


Canon Peter is at Holy Cross, Binstead this morning.

Welcome to those attending the RAF Centenary Service this afternoon and to those joining us for Choral Evensong with the installation of the Canons of Ho this evening.

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


Chapter David Carpenter will be installed as a lay member of Chapter at the 10.30am service on Sunday 30th September, which is also our Patronal Festival Eucharist which everyone is warmly invited. The other lay members of Chapter are: Richard Smout, Emma Broome and John Hill the Chair of the Finance and Investments Committee.

Congratulations to “Cathedral Sing” our music outreach project to schools which has been awarded grants totalling £1,283.50 from the Portsmouth Community Lottery and the Golsoncott Foundation.

Fossil Workshop Dr Lil Stevens a Paleobotanist from the Natural History Museum in London, visited the Cathedral with Year 3 and 4 children from St George’s Church of England Beneficial Primary School. The children were involved in a range of activities, looking at the exhibition on display and unique fossils brought in especially by Dr Stevens.

Solar Panels The Cathedral has teamed up with Portsmouth City Council's energy services team to put solar panels on Cathedral House. 24 panels have been installed by Space Renewables and is project managed by Portsmouth City Council's energy team as part of their wider PV initiative.


Repairs and Conservation The south path is out of use whilst repairs to roofs and windows are carried out.

Hermitage Artist Residency Pete Codling is working in the Cathedral until mid October. His work is funded by the Arts Council as part of our Annual Theme.

Songs of Praise introduced by Alan Titchmarsh and accompanied by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral Consort. 4pm Sunday 23rd September at Cowes Enterprise College. Tickets £4 on the door or online www.isleofwightday.com/songs-of-praise.

Have you already made a Will? Have you considered leaving a gift to the Cathedral in your Will? We are launching a legacies leaflet in November but would like your input and hear your thoughts. You are invited to drinks and conversation with Tim Sledge, Head of Fundraising, after Choral Evensong on Monday 24th September.

Coffee Machine The shop has a new coffee machine supplied by the Sailors Society which will receive some of the profit. Do come and try it!

Quiet Afternoon 2-4pm Wednesday 26th September in an Emsworth home and garden. “Where is the wind blowing? Paying attention to where God is in this phase of our lives and how God might be leading us”, with Revd Max Millett. All welcome, transport available, booking essential through the Shop.

Sunday Tea Parties Volunteers Now that Jill Phipps has retired, please contact Sylvia Eyre about hosting a tea party, with a referral for an older person who would like to join the group or if you can volunteer as a driver (you will need a clean licence and a car, preferably four door, and be available one Sunday afternoon a month). 023 9311 2819 or Sylvia.eyre@outlook.com.

The Deanery Book Group will resume at the end of October, though not at the Deanery. If you are interested please email caroleaking@gmail.com or seek her out at the 10.30am service. The group usually meets monthly on a Tuesday evening and uses sets of books provided by the library.


Fossil and dinosaur exhibition with Dinosaur Isle until 21st September. Visit and explore a special collection of fossils and prehistoric artefacts in the Nave.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 20th September. James Thomas: organ. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.

Invitation to Harvest Lunch Sunday 23rd September after 10.30am Harvest Festival Service. All welcome. Please sign the list in the Welcome Area or contact the Cathedral Offices to reserve your place. Cottage pie (or a vegetarian version) and apple crumble is on the menu. £5 per head - children free.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 27th September in Becket Hall. Edda Rea: “My 15 years in local tourism – part 2”. Refreshments provided. £1 or £2 donation.

TIME: Talk “Time in Literature” 7pm Thursday 27th September with Ben Davies of the University of Portsmouth in Becket Hall. Free to attend, all are welcome.

Flower Arranging Demonstration and Workshops 10am-12pm and 2-4pm Friday 28th September. You are invited to join the Cathedral Flower Guild for workshops which will include flower arranging demonstrations and the opportunity to arrange your own small display to take home with you. Please contact the Cathedral Office if you would like to attend or for further details: info@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or 023 9282 3300.

Messy Cathedral 2pm Saturday 29th September. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities (children must be accompanied by an adult) followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.

Friends AGM and Lunch meeting at 12.30pm on Sunday 30th September in Becket Hall; the Bishop will preside. Afterwards there will be a roast lunch at the Duke of Buckingham Pub on the High Street, cost £13. Application forms for lunch available in the Welcome Area.


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

And those who have died: William Covington and Jeannette Hayward (Deacon) RIP.

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