Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 23rd June 2019

This week we have welcomed hundreds of people to the Cathedral. They have come to hear and experience music of many styles, but most specifically music in the context of worship or at the very least music framed and enhanced by our architectural space and its special nature as a house of prayer.

We especially welcome today members of the Federation of Old Chorister Associations representing Cathedral music from across the nation. Many of them are joining with our choir to sing the Baritones part in the Widor Messe Solennelle.

On Monday we are half way to Christmas, and this reminds us that another Choir Year is nearly over. Trinity Sunday was properly celebrated here last week, which means we are firmly into a liturgical round with very few major milestones until after the Summer. The end of summer term means we bid a fond farewell to this year’s Choral Scholars and Organ Scholar; Anna, Patrick, James, Ethan, Oliver, Peter and James. We thank them and wish them all well in their next stage of life whether it be new university, continuation at university or new roles in new places. In due course we shall welcome Sam, Karol, Jeremy, Ben, Tom, Yiannis and Chris and a new year will begin.

David Price

Organist and Master of the Choristers


Welcome to all those attending our services and to the family and friends of Cora being baptised today.

Choral Evensong 6.00pm “Lighten our Darkness”. Please join us for the first in a monthly series of sermons on the aspects of mental health. ‘Understanding vulnerability: a path to personal and spiritual growth’ by Dr Kevin O’Shea, Consultant Psychiatrist.

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


Sarah Lovatt We wish Sarah well for the future as she moves on from the Cathedral. Any cards or contributions for her leaving to be addressed accordingly and left in the Cathedral Offices. Cover for her role, pending the appointment of our new Canon Chancellor and a review of responsibilities, will be provided by some increase in Sara Clark’s hours and volunteers.

Lay Safeguarding Representative Marian Pottinger has been appointed to this voluntary role.

Staff Appointments Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean Full details of the vacancy arising from Canon Peter Leonard’s appointment as Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight are available on the Cathedral’s website. More information about this, and the appointment of a new Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer (closing date for applications midday Monday 24th June), is given in a letter from the Dean which was distributed with last week’s notices and is available in the Cathedral and on the website.

Christian Aid Week 2019 A huge thank you to all those who supported this year’s campaign. £2097.50 was collected, with Gift Aid added the grand total is £2424.00.


Volunteer thank you we are looking forward to welcoming our volunteers on Tuesday as we acknowledge all those who give their time and talents so generously to the Cathedral. If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities please contact outreach@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Ordination of Deacons and Priests 11.00am and 4.00pm Saturday 29th June. The Cathedral will be closed between 9.00am-10.00am and 1.00pm-3.00pm.

Soup of Souls Pete Codling’s stunning work representing the stories of The Solent and those who lost their lives at sea continues until the 5th July. The work was funded by the Arts Council as part of last year’s Annual Theme: Time.

Chairs with arms are available to use during our services for those who would find them easier to sit in.

Diocesan School Leavers’ Services We look forward to welcoming staff and pupils from across the diocese during the first week of July. Parish Lunch Club will be on its annual outing on Tuesday 2nd July, meeting again in Becket Hall on the 9th July. There will be no Toddler and Baby Group on Wednesday 3rd July.

Craft & Chat Group are knitting woolly hats for the Sailors’ Society. If anyone has any double knitting wool they would like to donate, then please leave this with the Cathedral Shop.

Chapter Clerk Peter Sanders’ final week in office before his retirement is this week. There will be an opportunity to say farewell and thank you to him at our 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 7th July. Donations towards a leaving present can be made through the Cathedral Offices or contact Nicky Taylor the Finance Officer if you wish to make an online donation.

Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November. The organisation this year is being overseen by Nicky Taylor (Finance Officer) and Sara Clark (Outreach Admin Assistant). If you would like to volunteer to help and haven’t already been contacted, please send an email to fair@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk . If anyone is making jams or chutney please consider adding an extra jar or two for us to sell at the fair.

Pastoral Care If anyone has a pastoral concern and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Precentor 023 9275 2335 or the Dean 023 9282 4400.

Love Our Oceans/Messy Blue 10.00am-12.00pm Saturday 13th July, St Mary’s Church, Fratton. Free climate change event with lots of activities for children. Displays by Greenpeace, Christian Aid, Fairtrade and many others. https://bit.ly/2RtR0Dv .


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 27th June. James Furniss-Roe (organ). Free recital by our Organ Scholar with retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Cathedral Club 2.30pm Thursday 27th June in Becket Hall. The Revd Margaret Sherwin – ‘Living as a vagrant in Central London’. Donation £1, free tea/coffee. All welcome.

Omega Printmakers Exhibition Saturday 6th-Thursday 18th July. Omega Printmakers will be curating their tenth exhibition of original works, which have been printed here in Portsmouth and will be on display in the Ambulatory. The work of over twenty artists will be on show.

Living Well - “Lighten Our Darkness” – sermons on aspects of Mental Health Please join us for a series of monthly sermons at 6.00pm Choral Evensong as we continue to explore wellbeing and mental health.

Sunday 21st July - ‘Breakthrough rather than breakdown?’ the Revd James Hair, Portsmouth Diocesan Adviser for Mental Health.

Sunday 25th August – ‘Caring for people in the community’ the Revd Jen Holder, Honorary Chaplin Southern Health NHS Trust.

Sunday 22nd September – ‘Young People’ To be confirmed

Sunday 27th October – ‘Caring for the carers’ the Revd Anne Lindsay, former Chaplain to Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust.

Sunday 24th November – ‘Older people’s mental health’ the Revd Nick Fennemore, Head of Chaplaincy Southern Health NHS Trust.


All those preparing for Ordination and licensing as Readers

All those being baptised: Cora.

All those in need including: Donald, Robert, Laurence, Poppy, Pamela, Barry, Mary and Tim.

And those who have died: Tom Hogarth, Phyllis Hughes, Roger Sutton, Sara Hughes and Robin Sard (Cathedral Funeral 2.30pm Thursday 27th June) and Betty Bucket RIP.

For a complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral