Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 5th May 2019

This week in the Cathedral we will be both looking forward and looking back. From tomorrow (Monday) until next Sunday, we will have a display in the Welcome Area put together by the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. The display outlines the way the Guild over the past four years rang bells across this diocese, and the diocese of Winchester, to commemorate those who served and fell in the first World War. It also highlights the way bells were rung between 1914 and 1919 as forces left for the front, and losses were mourned, and at last peace was announced and celebrated.

And we look forward to next Sunday, when there will be a commemorative Evensong attended by the Diocesan Bell Ringers Guild. A volume will be presented and received by the Bishop, listing an archive of around 1400 bell ringing performances, from 1918 to 30th November 2018, all rung in memory and honour of servicemen or servicewomen, ringers and non-ringers, who gave their life for their country in WWI. In all, 1400 bellringers were lost in the war – hence the number of bellringing occasions listed in the archive volume, with many ‘tribute’ rings having taken place between 2014 and 2018 in churches that lost one or more of their ringing team.

Happily, looking forward, the centenary campaign ‘Ringing Remembers’ has inspired a new generation to take up Bellringing. Some relatives of bellringers who fell in the war have become ringers themselves, and new ringers have been encouraged to join by the commemorative events that have taken place. Our Cathedral ringing team, as you will know from hearing them each Sunday as we gather for the 10.30am Eucharist, is very accomplished and yet is able to make time for new ringing recruits.

Do come to the special Evensong next Sunday – before which, of course, the bells will be rung – and come to look at the display during this week to find out more.

The Reverend Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Canon Precentor


Canon Nick is at St James’, Milton this morning.

Christian Aid Breakfast please join us for a Fairtrade breakfast in the Nave, between services and after the 10.30am service. Donations invited in support of Christian Aid.

The Service and Events Lists are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Results of Elections at last Sunday’s Annual Meetings Sue Ward and Sheila Picton were elected as Churchwardens with Sheila also to serve as a Lay Member of Chapter. Linda Swinburne was elected as a Lay Member of Chapter.

Congratulations to Canon Bob White, Vicar of St Mary’s, Fratton and Cathedral Honorary Canon who has been appointed as an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.


Thank you! Mark and I would like to thank you so much for such a wonderful send off on Sunday. We were overwhelmed by the cards, gifts (the picture already has pride of place in our entrance hall!) and messages of support and love. I am grateful for five wonderful years at Portsmouth Cathedral and look forward to continuing to be part of its story albeit in a different role. It would be wonderful to see as many of you as can make it to my licensing. Peter Leonard.

Licensing of the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight 5.00pm Saturday 18th May at Newport Minster. If you are hoping to attend Canon Peter’s licensing please fill in the sheet in the Welcome Area in order to give an estimate of numbers to the Minster. A list with ferry and bus options is available in the Cathedral.

June and Catherine Purvis express their warm thanks to you all for your prayers, love, support, flowers/donations on the death of their beloved Michael. He lives in our hearts.

Chapter The agendas for Thursday’s meeting of Chapter and for the Fabric Advisory Committee which meets on Tueaday are on the noticeboard and website.

Food Bank Donations The Roberts Centre and the All Saints Asylum Seeker and Refugee Drop-in are currently short of baby wipes, toilet cleaner, tinned meat and fish, breakfast spreads and toothpaste. Donations can be left in the North Cloister.

Vacancy We are looking for a part-time Choir Matron to join the staff team. The Job Description and application form are on the website. Closing date for applications: Wednesday 8th May, interviews Thursday 16th May. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Christian Aid Week 12th-18th May. Please consider joining the house to house collectors, or organising a fund-raising event to help the world’s poorest in ongoing emergencies and in developing real self-sufficiency. Further details from Sue Ward on 023 9287 7239 or sueandterryinpk@yahoo.com .

Do robots need religion? Richard Rorty, language and the future of theology. A lecture by Graeme Smith, Professor of Public Theology at Chichester University, as part of the University of Chichester’s public series. 6pm on Tuesday 7th May in the Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester Bishop Otter Campus. For further details see http://bit.ly/2Wq1q8Q.


Holy Communion with prayers for Wholeness and Healing. Our monthly midday service will be held this Wednesday 8th May.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 9th May. Jeffery Williams (organist). Free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Evening Organ Concert 8.00pm Friday 10th May. The third concert in our 2019 series by Anthony Froggatt, former Organist and Master of the Choristers. Tickets £10, (£8 concs) through Eventbrite, on the door and from the Cathedral Shop.

Portsmouth Cathedral ‘Rumfest’ 6.30pm-10.30pm Saturday 11th May. A wonderful event featuring live music and plenty of rums to sample and enjoy – all included in the price. In addition there will be a ‘Rum Shack’ selling rum cocktails and food. A joint partnership between Portsmouth Cathedral and Portsmouth Distillery Company. Tickets £25.00 via Eventbrite.

Choral Evensong 6.00pm Sunday 12th May with commemoration of the WW1 Centenary ringing by Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Exhibition 7th- 12th May.

The Big Question - Dying Awareness Week 1.00pm-4.00pm Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. What do you want to do before you die? Good, Life, Death and Greif – write a poem, draw a picture or explore ideas and take part in the Drop-in Grave Talk café style discussion in the Cathedral.

Creative Spirituality Quiet Day 10.00am–2.00pm Saturday 18th May. Journeys: reflecting on what we learn along the way, what we take with us and what we might choose to leave behind. Tea and coffee from 9.45am and throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch. There is no charge for the day, suggested donation of £5.00 per person (or whatever you can manage). Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Thy Kingdom Come 30th May - 9th June. A global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. The Big Prayer Picnic 1.00pm-4.00pm Sunday 9th June at Portchester Castle. Further details https://bit.ly/2E36kAK.


All those in need including: Roger, Stuart, Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert, Laurence, Poppy and Andi.

And those who have died: Vishwamrit Gunga, Marilyn Lee, Michael Purvis, Michael Yorke (Priest), and Francois RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here