Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 4th August

I once said hello to Bill Nighy on Jermyn Street. I recognised his face, but realised too late that I didn’t actually know him. To his credit he smiled back and said hello. This must happen to him all the time. With the radio there is a little more anonymity, but some voices are immediately recognisable, such as Moira Stewart, Linda Snell from The Archers, or our own Angela Tilby leading the daily service.

Those of you who tune into worship on Radio 3 and Radio 4 will probably be familiar with the voice of Stephen Shipley, producer for BBC religion. He too was often leading the daily service, as well as producing Choral Evensong and other programmes. Stephen has just retired, and we were fortunate to be at a farewell reception for him last week. He spoke about the exciting highlights of his career, including doing services in Russia, Spain and evensong from Ground Zero in New York on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attack. But he said that it was the daily and weekly services that kept him grounded and were constantly nourishing.

In the summer, choirs go on holiday, the lunch club takes a break, and a lot of things are out of routine. This might be refreshing for some; often it is in the quieter moments that we might recognise God speaking to us, as Jesus says in John’s Gospel: “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.” But for others it can be isolating, so perhaps each one of us could check up on someone who might be lonely? It is good to hear a voice that we can recognise.

Kitty Price

Cathedral Reader


Welcome to all those attending our services today and to the Choir of St Francis Church, Welwyn Garden City who are singing for us whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on holiday.

Refreshments Homemade Lemonade will be served after our 10.30am services, outside if the weather permits, until the end of August. Many thanks to all those who help with our Sunday morning refreshments throughout the year.

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


Congratulations to Jim and Katie, and Scott and Gemma who were married here on Friday and Saturday.

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The 2019 Yearbook, which includes articles on the archives, architecture and history of the Cathedral, has been sent out to members. If you have not received your copy or would be interested in joining the Friends please contact friends@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Care of Cathedrals Measure The Chapter has applied to the Fabric Advisory Committee for approval to investigative and carry out survey works of the South Transept, internally and externally, and the Flower Room internally. Public Notices are in place and the details of the proposed works can be viewed in the Cathedral Offices during working hours and any representations made by 27th August. The works are planned to take place in the early autumn.

Constitution and Statutes The Cathedral Council wishes to revise the Constitution and Statutes using the authority invested in it by the Cathedral’s Measure of 1999. The amendments are in respect to the appointment of a Vice Dean and the term of office of the Churchwarden also elected as a Lay Member of Chapter. Any comments must be received by Sunday 4th August to the Dean’s EA liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. Please take time to read the full details which are in the Welcome Area and on the website.

Choral Evensong with the Installation of the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight Following his licensing, collation and installation at Newport Minster, the Venerable Peter Leonard, will be welcomed at the Cathedral during Choral Evensong at 5pm on Saturday 7th September. The service will be followed by a reception. All are welcome.

Ride & Stride Saturday 14th September. If any members of our congregation would like to take part as riders and striders in the annual event in aid of the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust then please contact Liz Snowball in the Cathedral Offices.

The Annual Pantomime Lunch information about this event has been distributed with these notices. For further details please contact Gerry Chilton.

Choral Evensong with commemoration of the life of Monica Ditmas Sunday 15th September. Bishop Stephen Platten, whom some of the congregation might remember, will be preaching at a special service to remember Monica Ditmas (Lay Canon Emeritus) who has died.

Lunchtime Live We are looking for volunteers to help prepare sandwiches and sell snacks and drinks at our term-time weekly recital series on Thursdays. Please contact Tim Burnett for more information. The new series starts on Thursday 12th September at 1.10pm with Isabel Nisbet and Rhidian Jones (contralto & piano).


Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society Summer Exhibition until the 7th August. The exhibition and sale of art includes works by both professionals and amateur artists in a range of styles and media.

Peter Marlow ‘The English Cathedral’ Exhibition Friday 9th August to Friday 6th September. An exhibition of photographs taken by Peter Marlow between 2010 and 2012, of the Naves of all 42 of England’s Anglican Cathedrals.

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

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

22nd September ‘Young people’s mental health and the concerns schools are facing’ The Revd Richard Wharton, Portsmouth & Winchester Education Team School Adviser.

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

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

Cathedral Lunch Club will restart on Tuesday 3rd September and Baby and Toddler Group on Wednesday 4th September.

Heritage Open Days Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Areas of the Cathedral not normally accessible will be open and special talks arranged during this year’s event. Further details will be available soon.


All those in need including: Donald, Robert, Poppy, Barry, Tim, Stuart and Derek.

And those who have died: Veronica McMurren, Brian King and Elisabeth (Lis) Richards RIP.

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

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