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OUR bishop, Bishop Christopher, has welcomed the vote by the General Synod that will pave the way for the first women bishops in the Church of England. He was among those who voted for the change at the synod meeting in York.

The legislation was passed by the required two-thirds majority in all three houses only 18 months after the previous proposals failed to receive the necessary backing.

Read more about the bishop's reaction to the news here.


Our diocese is a great place to be a Christian. It’s made up of 142 Church of England parishes in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You’ll find lots of information about our diocese, the Church and the Christian faith on these pages.

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We are a Fairtrade diocese. Click here for details, including a list of all our Fairtrade churches.


NEWS: Two senior posts announced

Our bishop has appointed two new senior positions within our diocese. The Rev Anthony Rustell will take over from Canon David Isaac as Head of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry and Residentiary Canon at our cathedral. And the Rev Jeff Williams has been appointed Director of Education for Portsmouth and Winchester dioceses. Click here for more.

NEWS: Cathedral hosts leavers' service

Our cathedral welcomed almost 1,000 schoolchildren who are moving on from their C of E primary school to secondary school in September - to two separate Leavers' Services. Children from Botley to Sandown, and from Yarmouth to Blackmoor packed into the cathedral. Click here for photos.

NEWS: Ambitious plans for church to serve community

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.

D-DAY: 70th anniversary events

Our diocese hosted a variety of events to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day - from the Drumhead Service on Southsea Common to a weekend of 1940s-inspired activities at Christ Church, Portsdown. Click here to read more and to see photos from all those events.

NEWS: Bishop opens Garden of Peace

Bishop Christopher opened a Garden of Peace at a C of E primary school near Havant. Pupils and staff at St John's Primary in Rowlands Castle now have place set aside for Christian spiritual reflection in a natural environment. Click here for more. 

NEWS: The vicar who beat cancer three times

The Rev Paul Ginever has retired after 15 years as vicar of St Mary's Church, Hayling Island. Over the past 18 years he has had to battle against cancer three times. But each time he has recovered, with the help of modern medicine, prayer and the support of others. Read more about his story here.

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