Virtual Christmas Craft Fair: 1-21 December

Virtual Christmas Craft Fair: 1-21 December

November 25, 2020

Earlier this year, our popular Winter Craft Fair, scheduled for early November, had to be cancelled due to the current pandemic. However, we had such a response of disappointment, albeit one of understanding, from stallholders and visitors alike that we’ve decided to do something about it and to bring a bit of Christmas cheer at … Read More

Welcome to Rev Dr Michèle Hampson, new Warden at Sacrista

Welcome to Rev Dr Michèle Hampson, new Warden at Sacrista

November 16, 2020

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rev Dr Michèle Hampson, Warden at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House. Michèle was ordained deacon in 2017 and ordained priest in 2018 and is currently completing her curacy at Holy Trinity Lenton and Lenton Priory. She is to be licensed via Zoom on 26 November and we all … Read More

Try the online Cathedral Shop this Christmas

Try the online Cathedral Shop this Christmas

November 16, 2020

We have a range of beautiful new products in stock now at the Cathedral Shop. Purchase by noon on 18 December for delivery in time for Christmas. Delivery and Click & Collect options available. The first 25 customers to make a purchase from today will be given a surprise gift! And, as we all need … Read More

Christmas at Southwell Minster

Christmas at Southwell Minster

November 12, 2020

We warmly welcome you to join us this year for one of our Christmas services. Whether you take part in the Cathedral (restrictions permitting) or online, we hope to be able to provide comfort and joy at the end of this difficult year, as we celebrate the gift of God’s love to the world in … Read More

The Chorister Experience Online

The Chorister Experience Online

November 10, 2020

The Chorister Experience Online Saturday 28 November, 10-10.40am A fun free online session of singing and learning about life as a chorister, for boys and girls aged 6-7. Meet the amazing Minster musicians and current choristers Enjoy interacting with some musical activities A further session for parents will be held at 7pm on Monday 30 … Read More

Christian Aid Virtual Pilgrimage – £3,519 Raised!

Christian Aid Virtual Pilgrimage – £3,519 Raised!

November 9, 2020

The Southwell Churches Together Christian Aid Committee is delighted to report that the virtual Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in which 23 ‘pilgrims’ took part during the ‘Season of Creation’ from September to early October, raised £3,290.21 in sponsorship for the charity. In addition, Halam Church generously donated its Harvest Thanksgiving collection of £229.41. The … Read More

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

November 9, 2020

On Sunday 8 November, in the mist and rain, a socially distanced Remembrance Service, including laying of wreaths, was held in the grounds of Southwell Minster, to remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them  

Staying safe during Covid-19

Staying safe during Covid-19

November 9, 2020

Southwell Cathedral Chapter takes the safety and wellbeing of its staff, volunteers, worshipers and visitors very seriously. We have completed comprehensive risk assessments and had them reviewed by an external Health and Safety Consultant. Chapter follows the guidance issued by the Church of England and the Government. Our risk assessments cover our operating procedures, working … Read More

6pm bells – a prayer for the nation

6pm bells – a prayer for the nation

November 5, 2020

During this second national lockdown, The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the nation to join them in prayer, in a message encouraging ‘calm, courageous and compassionate’ responses to the difficulties of the second national lockdown in England.  They call upon the Church of England to make November 2020 a month of prayer for … Read More

A prayer for Nottinghamshire

A prayer for Nottinghamshire

October 30, 2020

A prayer for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as we enter Tier 3 lockdown, but a reminder that we are still open and public worship goes on.  

Footpath closure – Wednesday 28 October

Footpath closure – Wednesday 28 October

October 27, 2020

As part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund development works at Southwell Minster, the pathway between the Refectory/Cathedral Shop and the Minster is currently closed to help with the installation of new external lighting. This is due to reopen shortly – until then, alternative entry to the Minster is via the archway 50m to the … Read More

Light and Saints at Halloween – Saturday 31 October, 8-9pm

Light and Saints at Halloween – Saturday 31 October, 8-9pm

October 21, 2020

Come for a walk in the dark and experience Light and Saints at Halloween in the Minster grounds, with refreshments, stories about saints, and Covid-safe activities. Family groups only, limited numbers. Booking is essential and can be done by clicking here We will do all we can to keep everyone safe including social distancing and … Read More

Family-fun nature trail this half-term

Family-fun nature trail this half-term

October 16, 2020

Join us this half-term for a fabulous nature trail around the grounds of Southwell Minster. Stuck to with nothing to do over half term with the kids? Why not come to Southwell Minster and explore the beautiful grounds with this new, family-fun nature trail. The trail even gives you a chance to create your own … Read More

Welcome to Aoife Cleland, our new Heritage Intern

Welcome to Aoife Cleland, our new Heritage Intern

October 14, 2020

A new face has joined the team here at Southwell Minster as our first ever Heritage Intern. Aoife Cleland, who graduated this year with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Nottingham, has joined us for a one year placement funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the … Read More

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

October 8, 2020

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in The Nave on Sunday 18 of October at 4.15 pm For the following business: Election of Churchwardens for 2020-2021 Representatives to serve on the Deanery Synod for three years Report from the Electoral Roll Officer To receive and consider the annual audited accounts for 2019 To … Read More

The Leaves of Southwell – a view from the Cathedral Architect

The Leaves of Southwell – a view from the Cathedral Architect

October 5, 2020

The first in a series of insightful videos on the Leaves of Southwell project. The fluid carvings of plants, animals and green men found within the Chapter House – known collectively as ‘The Leaves of Southwell’ – are of quite exceptional quality. Regarded as the best example of 13th century naturalistic carving in the United … Read More

A survey from The Association of English Cathedrals

A survey from The Association of English Cathedrals

September 24, 2020

The Association of English Cathedrals have created a survey to assess the impact on people’s lives of the closure of our church buildings and would like to offer you all the chance to tell your story. For more information and to take the survey, please click here

Southwell Minster Choir returns

Southwell Minster Choir returns

September 18, 2020

Following months of silence, the Choir of Southwell Minster is back singing once again. Singing returned to services on Sunday 13th September, with the six professional lay clerks providing choral music for Eucharist and Evensong. The boy and girl choristers returned to rehearsals the following Thursday, and Saturday Evensong is sung for the first time … Read More

Evensong returns – this Saturday

Evensong returns – this Saturday

September 16, 2020

Evensong returns this Saturday at 4pm after 27 long weeks! Booking is not needed but face masks MUST be worn (unless you have a medical reason not to). We will be singing: ‘Tallis – The Dorian Service’, and ‘Tallis – Te lucis ante terminum’, alongside plainsong psalmody. Join us for this peaceful service – perfect … Read More

Fairtrade Church

Fairtrade Church

September 15, 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Fairtrade Foundation has bestowed upon us the title of Fairtrade Church. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the … Read More

Singing returns to Southwell Minster

Singing returns to Southwell Minster

September 8, 2020

We are delighted to announce, that after an absence of 180 days, sung services will resume in Southwell Minster on Sunday 13 September. The Lay Clerks will sing for Eucharist and Evensong, and from Saturday 19 September will add in Saturday Evensongs as part of a gradual return to singing. Among the first things to … Read More

Tripadvisor award

Tripadvisor award

September 3, 2020

We were delighted to receive the wonderful news that Southwell Minster has recently been recognised by Tripadvisor with a ‘Travellers’ Choice 2020′ award. To gain this praise from such a prestigious and trusted organisation such as Tripadvisor, who are known and respected all around the world, is a real honour. The awards were based on … Read More

Job Vacancy – Gardener

Job Vacancy – Gardener

September 1, 2020

An exciting opportunity exists to appoint a passionate gardener to care for and develop the beautiful grounds surrounding the Minster. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and creative person to take charge of this exceptional environment. (21 hours per week) Pro Rata Salary £13,442 Closing date: 9am Monday 21 September 2020 Interviews: Friday … Read More

Minster closed this weekend for Ordinations

Minster closed this weekend for Ordinations

September 1, 2020

The Minster will be closed to the public all weekend (26-27 September) for Ordinations, with the exception of the 10am Eucharist on Sunday 27 September, which will still go ahead. We thank you for your understanding   This year’s ordinations, delayed from the summer, will take place in a series of nine services next weekend, … Read More

Surprise Southwell Music Festival performance

Surprise Southwell Music Festival performance

August 28, 2020

As we all know, this year’s Southwell Music Festival (SMF) was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. However – “the show must go on” as they say, and so our friends at SMF worked with us to ensure we could give you something. So we are delighted to share with you the ultimate socially distanced … Read More

Season of Creation

Season of Creation

August 27, 2020

The period between 1 September and 4 October (the Feast of St Francis of Assisi) is increasingly kept by many denominations as a ‘Season of Creation’ or ‘Creationtide’, when we reflect and commit to action on environmental issues. Southwell Minster will be celebrating the season of Creationtide with three special services, launching on Sunday 13 … Read More

Green Man Competition

Green Man Competition

August 27, 2020

Calling All Crafters The Education Department at Southwell Minster would like a collection of knitted/sewn/felted/crocheted Green Men or Women (inspired by the Chapter House carvings) for use in education and outreach as part of the National Lottery Heritage funded ‘Leaves of Southwell’ conservation project. We will be awarding two top prizes, judged by local children, … Read More

Chapter House tours with the professionals

Chapter House tours with the professionals

August 20, 2020

Next Thursday (27th August), Cathedral Archaeologist Philip Dixon and Croft, the contractors for the Chapter House Works, have set aside a day 10am-4pm to accompany groups into the Chapter House to view the work so far and to discuss what has been found as the floor is lifted. As this is a restricted site at … Read More

Ride + Stride 2020

Ride + Stride 2020

August 20, 2020

Ride + Stride is back for 2020 albeit a little differently this year. . Please check out http://nottshistoricchurchtrust.org.uk/rideandstride/ Get on your bike, visit some beautiful churches and raise some money for your local church

Christian Aid 2020

Christian Aid 2020

August 19, 2020

Due to the drastic reduction in funds received during Christian Aid week nationally this year – down by 50% – the local group has decided to launch another fundraising event. For the whole of September and during part of the ‘Season of Creation’, supporters from Southwell and local villages will be walking, running and cycling The … Read More

Frances Provost fundraising for SMCA – update

Frances Provost fundraising for SMCA – update

August 13, 2020

Can you help?   Frances Provost, mother of Paul Provost (Rector Chori here at Southwell Minster) is raising money for the Southwell Minster Choir Association. Frances suffered a devastating stroke just before Christmas last year, leaving her paralyzed for a while and a long road to recovery ahead of her.   With the knowledge that … Read More

Organ recital series

Organ recital series

August 13, 2020

Just because you can’t come to the organ recitals doesn’t mean we can’t bring the organ recitals to you. Earlier in the year it was decided to cancel all organ recitals due to the COVID-19 situation, so we’ve decided to record a weekly (mostly) series, with Paul Provost, Rector Chori at Southwell Minster taking up … Read More

Face coverings must be worn

Face coverings must be worn

August 10, 2020

As of Saturday 8 August, it is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering in places of worship, so please bring one with you, whether you come to a service or to visit, unless you have a valid medical reason not to wear one. We are serious in our commitment to keeping you … Read More

East End of Church Reopens

East End of Church Reopens

July 27, 2020

We are delighted to reopen the East End of the church where, as with the rest of the church, COVID-safety measures are in place. Details of these safety measures can be found on the noticeboard outside the entrance (north door). Hand sanitiser will be provided so please use on entry and exit. Our world-famous Chapter … Read More

We’re Good to Go!

We’re Good to Go!

July 16, 2020

Southwell Minster has received its We’re Good To Go Industry Standard certificate from VisitEngland, in recognition that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have a risk assessment in place, as well as a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. The Cathedral is now open for public worship as well as … Read More

Martha Wins Choral Outreach Lyric Competition

Martha Wins Choral Outreach Lyric Competition

July 16, 2020

Martha, a year 9 pupil at The Minster School, Southwell, has won a competition to write the lyrics for a song celebrating the famous ‘Leaves of Southwell’ stone carvings at Southwell Minster. Working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Southwell Minster is currently engaged on a project to preserve, protect and interpret afresh the famous … Read More

Covid-19 Update from the Dean, Friday 12 June 2020

Covid-19 Update from the Dean, Friday 12 June 2020

June 12, 2020

August Update: Please note that the wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in all places of worship, so please bring a mask or other face covering with you unless you have a valid medical reason for not wearing one. In a surprise announcement, last Saturday at 10.00pm the Government issued permission for places of … Read More