Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 17th February 2019


I am not sure that anyone who knows anything about church structures and governance would describe either the electoral roll or elections to chapter as a highlight in anyway!

However I do want to draw your attention to the changes detailed in these notices to our Cathedral Chapter. In their simplest form the changes are that Chapter will now have:

1. An elected member from amongst the Cathedral community and

2. One of our Churchwardens will also be an elected member of Chapter.

Both Churchwardens will now be elected for three year terms of office instead of the current one year to bring them into alignment with Lay Members of Chapter.

This will give the Cathedral community a much greater voice in the governance of the Cathedral and is in line with the Cathedrals Working Group report which is currently working its way through General Synod. Both the Bishop and Chapter (including the new Dean!) are delighted with these changes and think that it will make the governance of the Cathedral more representative and reflective of the community.

If you’d like to know more about these changes or the election process then please do join me for a short conversation after the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 3rd March. Whilst these may not be the most exciting highlights you’ll read this year they are perhaps some of the most significant.

With grateful thanks for your part in the life and mission of this Cathedral community.

The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard

Acting Dean and Canon Chancellor


Canon Nick is at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon this morning.

Welcome to Wessex Chamber Choir leading the music at our services today whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on half term.

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


Outward Giving Many thanks to those who attended last week’s discussion with Canon Nick on the Cathedral’s Outward Giving. The proposals made will be considered by Chapter when it meets on Wednesday 27th February.

Cantate During half term the choir will be on tour in Iceland singing a concert at Skalholt Church on Wednesday, and a concert on Saturday and Mass on Sunday at Hallgrimskirkja.

Canon Peter Canon Peter’s final service as a Residentiary Canon before moving to the Isle of Wight will be Choral Evensong on Sunday 28th April.

Fabric Advisory Committee 10.00am Monday 25th February. The agenda is on the Cathedral noticeboard and website .

Electoral Roll Every six years we are required to completely revise the Electoral Roll which means that this year everyone who wishes to be on the roll has to apply, even those on the current roll. Please pick up your named envelope from the Welcome Area. Spare envelopes are also available. If you are unable to get to church please contact the Cathedral Offices to arrange for your letter to be posted.

Lay members of Chapter Following changes to the Constitution and Statutes there will be an opportunity for those on the Electoral Roll to take part in the election of two lay members of Chapter. If you would like to know more, please join Canon Peter after the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 3rd March.

Do Something Different Day 10am-3.30pm this Wednesday at St Faith's Church, Crasswell Street. Come along for a day of fun, friendship and a fish and chip lunch. Cost £5 per person, payable on the day. Please contact Jill to book your place on 07710 394351 or Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

Toddler Group Our weekly Wednesday group is on half term break this week.

Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 29th March at the Royal Maritime Club, a return match between the Cathedral and Gunwharf Quay Residents. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Shop.

The Roberts Centre ‘Pennies from Heaven Fund’ will now close in order to focus on ‘The Silver Appeal’ for Rowans Hospice. The Roberts Centre are very grateful to all loyal supports who have raised £205.00 in 2018.

A Reflective Afternoon 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 13th March in an Emsworth house and garden. An afternoon of guided reflection with poetry and art on the theme of ‘A Meaningful Life’. Led by the Revd Edwina Fennemore. All welcome. Transport available. Booking essential through the Cathedral Shop.


‘Soup of Souls’ Artist’s Question and Answer Session 7.00-8.30pm Thursday 28th February. Join Pete Codling in the Nave for a Q&A on his dramatic exhibition of ‘Time’ themed drawings created following his Arts Council funded residency last year. The exhibition continues until the end of March.

Silver Screen showing of ‘Hampstead’ starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson at 2.00pm this Tuesday in Becket Hall. Free event, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.

Cathedral Fairtrade Breakfast will be available from 8.40am–10.15am and 11.30am on Sunday 24th February in the Nave. For further details about Fairtrade Fortnight events in Portsmouth see https://bit.ly/2SrfVe7 .

Lunchtime Live our next concert will be at 1.10pm on Thursday 28th February.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 28th February in Becket Hall. Celia Johnson – “A holiday in Japan”. Donation of £1. Tea/coffee available.

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

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

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm this Tuesday in the Cathedral with Sharon Court.

Symposium: Value, Place & Purpose 10.00am-2.00pm Monday 4th March in Becket Hall. For practitioners and professionals working in the field of wellbeing & mental health, of all faiths or none. For further details and to book see https://bit.ly/2QORVfT .

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. May also run on Thursday afternoons between 2.30-4.00pm from 14th March.

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 4.00pm please email installation@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or contact Liz in the offices.


General Synod meeting in London this week

All those being baptised including: Antigone-Louise Dunlop.

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

And those who have died: John Varney (Cathedral funeral 1pm Monday) and Daphne Nicholson (Portchester Crematorium 11.15am Tuesday 19th February) RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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