Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 27th January 2019


According to the media, last Monday was Blue Monday, because it is the most miserable day of the year. The excitement of the festivities has worn off, pay day is still too far away and the bleak, wintry weather feels as though it is here for ever. Blue Monday itself is a construct by a travel company to encourage folks to book holidays in the sun to cheer themselves up. However, clever marketing aside, this time of year can be a struggle. Liturgically, we are still in the season of Christmas, but it doesn't often feel like it.

What can we do to fight the January blues? Embrace the new annual theme of mental health and wellbeing! At Portsmouth High School our sixth form students have a weekly wellbeing session, where we explore why good mental health is important and how we can improve it, from sleep to laughter, fresh air, music and pet therapy.

What is coming up that is relevant? Lots! There are lots of events and opportunities available to all. There are two concerts coming up, firstly Sachin's first major recital since he joined the Cathedral community. There are Candlemas services and Evensongs aplenty to feed your soul. If you haven't been before, try a Monday because the accompanied plainsong psalms are a treat. If you can’t get out to the seafront for a bracing walk, have a look at the ‘Soup of Souls’ exhibition in the Nave. It really is quite something. Another way of lifting spirits is to help others. Perhaps you might attend the child trafficking awareness session, or the fundraising concert for refugees called ‘Far from the Home I Love’.

I like to remind myself of Julian of Norwich's wise words: "All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well." Even if it doesn't feel like it now.

Kitty Price

Cathedral Reader


Canon Jo is at St James’, Milton for the licencing of Alastair Ross as Director of Choir Church, our joint music outreach project.

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


Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls’ until 26th February. A dramatic exhibition of ‘Time’ themed charcoal drawings by Pete Codling, who spent time in the Cathedral last year during the Arts Council funded residency.

Muslim Christian Evening Thank you to all those who attended the annual event. It was wonderful to celebrate the Christmas season with Sheikh Fazle and the community from the Almahdi Centre, and to have the opportunity to discuss the Charter for Compassion.


Candlemas This year’s Celebration of Candlemas is two-fold. On Friday we mark the Eve of the day with a Eucharist at 6.00pm and then on Saturday Consort joins with two Parish Choirs (from St Mark’s, North End and Holy Spirit, Southsea) to sing a sequence of Carols. The feast day marks the final moment of our Christmas Celebrations and we turn our thoughts towards Lent and Holy Week.

Cathedral Outward Giving Every three years, the Cathedral reviews its outward giving. If you would like to take part in the discussion about the principles and the recipients, please join Canon Nick Ralph after the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 10th February.

Electoral Roll Officer Nick Speller, our Electoral Roll Officer is standing down this year. If you would be interested in this important elected role please contact Canon Peter or the Chapter Clerk through the Cathedral Offices.

Candlemas Cards are on sale in the Cathedral Shop from 95p.

Child trafficking: Understanding the Problem 7.30pm this Tuesday at St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, PO8 8DZ. For further details see Love416 event .

Cathedral Shop the Cathedral seeks to appoint two volunteer Shop Managers as a job share to work approximately 10-15 hours p/w each or one volunteer for 20-30 hours p/w. Closing date: this Wednesday. For more information or to apply please contact nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Organ Recital – David Price 7.30pm Thursday 7th February at St Mary’s Church, Portsea in aid of St Mary’s Organ Project.

Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 29th March – at the Royal Maritime Club. Tickets on sale in the Shop next month.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Hilary Punnett (organ). Free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Evening Organ Concert 8.00pm this Friday with Sachin Gunga, Cathedral Sub-Organist. The first of a series of four evening concerts. Tickets £10.00 (£8 concessions) on the door or at https://bit.ly/2FwqZQR .

Living Well – Please join us as we continue to explore wellbeing and mental health through a range of events and services including:

Mental Health Awareness Sunday 3rd February. Our guest preacher at the 10.30am Eucharist service will be Richard Frost MBE, founder and coordinator of Mindful Employer, a national mental health charity. Richard is also a Lay Reader in the Diocese of Exeter.

Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30pm–8.00pm Wednesdays from 13th March. A five week course led by Canon Angela Tilby, the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling and Canon Jo Spreadbury following Evening Prayer in the Cathedral. Please contact the Cathedral Offices for more information or speak to Canon Jo.

Symposium: Value, Place & Purpose 10.00am - 2.00pm Monday 4th March in Becket Hall. (Postponed from 28th January due to ill health). For further details and to book see https://bit.ly/2QORVfT .

‘Far from the Home I Love’ A special concert by Margaret Fingerhut 7.30pm Monday 4th February, to raise awareness of refugee needs and to raise funds for the City of Sanctuary refugee groups (https://cityofsanctuary.org/about/). More details and tickets http://bit.ly/2QKD6uU .

Handel’s Messiah 7.30pm Saturday 2nd March. Tickets for the performance by the Cathedral Choir and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra are now available from the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite.

Installation of Dean of Portsmouth If you would like to attend the installation of the Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane on Saturday 16th March at 4pm please email installation@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or contact Liz in the offices.


All those: confirmed at the Cathedral on Saturday.

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

And those who have died: Reginald Morris, John Varney and Val Voaden (1st Anniversary of death 28th January) RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral