Culture secretary Sajid Javid announced a grant of almost £600,000 for repairs as he visited our cathedral. He was given the chance to look at where the repairs will be carried out as he climbed the steps to the top of its 17th century bell tower. The cash will be spent on the tower, cupola and south transept. For details, click here.
NOVEMBER'S edition of our diocesan newspaper includes the story of teenage cancer victim Joe Ellis and plans to spend his trust fund to help others. Discover what happened on our Messy Great Outdoors day, read about the sausage-making mum who is becoming a vicar, and the grand opening of the coffee shop run by the church in Swanmore. Read all about it here.
Around 300 children and families enjoyed outdoor activities as part of our Messy Great Outdoors day. It was designed to be a Messy Church-style day, but with the chance to experience den-building, fire-lighting and campfire storytelling. Click here for photos and read all about it here.
A vicar and some of her congregation trained as volunteer baristas ahead of the opening of a coffee shop in their village. The Rev Claire Towns and worshippers at St Barnabas Church, Swanmore, led a special launch weekend for Barnaby's, the coffee shop located in their church hall. Click here for details and to see a video of the opening, and click here for photos of the launch.
There are to be three new Canons installed in our Cathedral. The Rev Simon Sayers, Rector of Warblington with Emsworth, will be also an honorary canon and David Bennison and Stuart Forster will both be Lay Canons. The service of installation will be on Sunday 12 October at 6pm. All welcome.
Lottery funding is to pave the way for a Portsmouth church to realise ambitious plans to serve their local community. St George's Church in Portsea is celebrating the award of a £158,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out how that will make a difference to the congregation here.
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