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

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

June 12, 2020

In a surprise announcement, last Saturday at 10.00pm the Government issued permission for places of worship to open for individual and private prayer from Monday 15 June. During this week, the small number of Minster staff not on furlough have worked long hours to put in place all the necessary signage, hygiene and social distancing … Read More

Minster Roof Works to Resume

Minster Roof Works to Resume

May 1, 2020

Heritage Conservation Restoration will be resuming work on the Minster Roof from Monday 4 May. Their team will be working to the Site Operating Procedures published by the Construction Leadership Council. These align with the latest advice from Public Health England and are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive. The procedures contain guidance on … Read More

Big Picnic for Hope on Friday 8 May

Big Picnic for Hope on Friday 8 May

May 1, 2020

The Big Picnic for Hope, in aid of the Trussell Trust, is an opportunity for your household to be part of a virtual get-together, to help honour heroes past and present. Many of us would have been commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May. Families and friends would have been gathering for … Read More

Easter Gardens

Easter Gardens

April 24, 2020

We weren’t able to make an Easter Garden this year at Southwell Minster so we asked people to make one at home in the garden, on the patio, near front door or on the window sill… Thank you for sending in your photographs which are shown below. Images left to right are from: The Dean … Read More

Update on COVID-19. The Minster is currently closed

Update on COVID-19. The Minster is currently closed

April 16, 2020

Southwell Minster, The Archbishop’s Palace and gardens, the Cathedral Shop and the Refectory are all closed until further notice. UPDATE:16 April 2020 As Coronavirus crisis continues to escalate across our nation, we are becoming increasingly aware of the financial pressures being placed upon us as our sources of income start to reduce. Our first concern … Read More

Holy Week and Easter at home with Southwell Minster

Holy Week and Easter at home with Southwell Minster

April 2, 2020

Join us this Holy Week and Easter for worship at our new Worship Online page. Separated by distance, we are united in Christ as we retell the story that changes everything, and as we celebrate the good news that we all need to hear – now more than ever. Palm Sunday (5 April) 10.30am: EUCHARIST … Read More

Prayer Resources

Prayer Resources

March 29, 2020

In this difficult time, please find below a range of prayer resources including a Worship at Home booklet.   Music These are some of the choral pieces that would have been sung over the next two weeks at the Minster. Click here for a translation of the texts, all of which are in Latin. The … Read More

Sunday Eucharist to be broadcast online

Sunday Eucharist to be broadcast online

March 20, 2020

Although public worship has been suspended that doesn’t mean you can’t worship from home. So join us online on Sunday from 10.30am for a simple service of Holy Communion, with a short address by Dean Nicola & music sung by our Lay Clerks. The service will be broadcast on the Minster website and will continue … Read More

Prayer and Reflection

Prayer and Reflection

March 17, 2020

We understand that these are unprecedented, uncertain times and that many of you will feel distressed about the thought of not being able to come to services after the recent news that these will be suspended across the country until further notice. However, that doesn’t mean that prayer and reflection must stop; far from it. … Read More

Farewell Service to the Bishop of Sherwood – postponed

Farewell Service to the Bishop of Sherwood – postponed

March 16, 2020

Following the government directive concerning COVID-19,  and the subsequent decision by the Church of England to suspend services, it is with regret that Bishop Paul and Dean Nicola have confirmed that the Farewell Service for Bishop Tony and Lucille on Sunday afternoon has been postponed.  However, there will be a livestreamed interview with Bishop Tony … Read More

Calling all crafters!!!

Calling all crafters!!!

March 2, 2020

The Education Department at Southwell Minster would like a collection of knitted/crocheted/sewn/felted Green Men or Women (inspired by the Minster’s Chapter House carvings) for use in education visits to the cathedral and for outreach as part of the Lottery funded ‘Leaves’ conservation project. We will be awarding prizes (judged by local children) for 3 entries … Read More

Almost £600 raised for our choirs through Co-op scheme

Almost £600 raised for our choirs through Co-op scheme

March 2, 2020

Since Southwell Minster Choir Association (SMCA) became a Co-op charity, almost £600 has been raised for them! If you’re a Co-op member, 1% of what you spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through their Local Community Fund. By picking our choir association as your preferred Co-op charity, every … Read More

Pancake Day Fun at Southwell Minster

Pancake Day Fun at Southwell Minster

February 26, 2020

Pancake Day was a flipping success at Southwell Minster as choristers and clergy raced each other up and down the nave with frying pans. The pancake-tossing fun was captured by the BBC and the Dean, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, commented that it was great for the choristers to see the clergy in a different … Read More

Makers and Shapers of the Leaves of Southwell

Makers and Shapers of the Leaves of Southwell

February 25, 2020

The Leaves of Southwell Conference is almost upon us! Have you booked your place yet? This day promises to be insightful and full of new things to learn about the Chapter House and other foliate carvings in Southwell Minster: stone carver and mason Paul Ellis will share his perspective on the Leaves; Chris Brook explains … Read More

Lent and Ash Wednesday at Southwell Minster

Lent and Ash Wednesday at Southwell Minster

February 25, 2020

All are most welcome to any of our Ash Wednesday services – why not refresh yourself during your lunch break and come to the Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes at 1.15pm , or experience the tranquility of the 5.30pm Evensong after a long day at work? The full list of services is below. During … Read More

Prayers for the recent storms and floods

Prayers for the recent storms and floods

February 20, 2020

Saturday 22 February at noon in the Nave. Dean Nicola will lead brief prayers for all affected locally and across the UK by the recent storms and floods. Please come and show your support.    

Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu Kanneh-Mason return to Southwell Minster

Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu Kanneh-Mason return to Southwell Minster

February 17, 2020

Three super-talented young musicians are returning to our Friday Lunchtime concert series on the 21st of February. Jeneba (17, right), Aminata (14, above)  and Mariatu (10, below) wowed audiences at one of our luchtime concerts last year and we are delighted to welcome back these three youngest members of the acclaimed Kanneh-Mason family. The family have … Read More

Hungarian Art at Southwell Minster

Hungarian Art at Southwell Minster

February 12, 2020

Image: Dean Nicola Sullivan and organiser Timea Crowdy with Ervin David and his painting ‘Hope’ On Monday evening, Dean Nicola Sullivan welcomed visitors to the launch of ‘Human Gold’, a new exhibition by a group of Hungarian artists. Seventeen artists are displaying their art in the North Transept of the Minster until Friday 6 March. … Read More

SMCA selected for Co-Op Community Funding

SMCA selected for Co-Op Community Funding

November 5, 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the Southwell Minster Choir Association has been selected to benefit from Co-op Community Funding. If you have a Co-op membership/loyalty card, select SMCA as your chosen cause. You can do this through this link: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/37410 . This means that for every £1 you spend in the Co-op, 1p gets donated … Read More

Minster says farewell to Canon Nigel

Minster says farewell to Canon Nigel

September 24, 2019

The Minster community bade a fond farewell to Canon Chancellor, Nigel Coates on Sunday 22nd September at a special service in the cathedral, followed by a reception. Nigel has been residentiary Canon of the Cathedral for more than 14 years and a leading figure in developing the Chapter House Leaves Project. He and his wife … Read More

<em>Lonely Planet</em> includes Southwell Minster in its ultimate travelist

Lonely Planet includes Southwell Minster in its ultimate travelist

September 21, 2019

Southwell Minster has made it into the top 500 of the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist – a definitive list of the very best places to visit in Great Britain & Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to be included in this prestigious publication, recognised all over the world. We warmly invite visitors from all backgrounds … Read More

New Choir & Clergy Robes Appeal

New Choir & Clergy Robes Appeal

September 10, 2019

Services have been sung in Southwell Minster for centuries, and the robes worn by our choir and handed down to each new set over the last 20+ years are wearing out. We are launching an appeal to replace the robes so as to have one style and colour for the choristers (boys and girls), lay … Read More

New Precentor welcomed to Southwell Minster

New Precentor welcomed to Southwell Minster

September 10, 2019

Southwell Minster welcomed their new Canon Precentor, The Reverend Dr Richard Frith, who was licensed by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams, on Sunday 8th September at 3.30pm. Richard will lead the creative development of music and worship at the cathedral, working with the chapter, the choirs and music department … Read More

Another Successful Music Festival!

Another Successful Music Festival!

September 2, 2019

We are very pleased to have been part of another fantastic week of music for this year’s Southwell Music Festival. It was bigger and better than ever, with 3,900 tickets purchased and 100 musicians performing who came from all over the UK and Europe. Thank you to all who took part as performers, audience members, … Read More

Former publishing editor is new Precentor at Southwell Minster

Former publishing editor is new Precentor at Southwell Minster

August 23, 2019

Southwell Minster is preparing to welcome their new Canon Precentor, The Reverend Dr Richard Frith, who will be licensed by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams, on Sunday 8th September. Richard will lead the creative development of music and worship at the cathedral following his role as vicar of Holy … Read More

Southwell Music Festival: 21-26 August

Southwell Music Festival: 21-26 August

August 20, 2019

We are delighted to once again be involved with the Southwell Music Festival. Please find below some useful information regarding tickets and travel. Tickets From Monday 19 August Festival tickets may be purchased at the Festival Hub and will not be available at the Cathedral Shop. The Hub is located opposite the south door of … Read More

From Sherwood Forest to the New Forest:  Canon Nigel retires

From Sherwood Forest to the New Forest: Canon Nigel retires

August 19, 2019

Canon Nigel Coates will be retiring as Canon Chancellor on 30th September 2019. Southwell Minster will hold a farewell service on Sunday 22nd September at 10.30am followed by a reception. The Dean of Southwell the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan says: ‘Nigel has been a much loved and highly regarded residentiary Canon of the Cathedral over … Read More

The Revd Canon John Bentham (RIP)

August 19, 2019

John, who was a Cathedral Canon at Southwell Minster and had been Chaplain at the University of Nottingham since 1998, died on August 6th 2019. He also served as the Area Dean in the old Nottingham West Deanery and then as Area Dean for West Bingham, and was on Bishop’s Council for a number of … Read More

Southwell on BBC Radio 4

Southwell on BBC Radio 4

August 12, 2019

On the 8th August, Southwell featured on Radio 4’s Open Country programme. Helen Mark visited the last surviving workhouse, the Minster and a very special apple tree to find out how these important landmarks in Southwell have impacted on the lives of those who live there. You can listen to the programme here:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0007cvw  

Bishop Tony to Retire

Bishop Tony to Retire

July 17, 2019

The Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter, has announced that he will retire on 22nd March 2020, after 42 years in ordained ministry. Bishop Tony, who will be 68 upon his retirement, said “It has been a great privilege to serve in the diocese and to be part of its vision for Growing … Read More

New Assistant Director of Music

New Assistant Director of Music

July 1, 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Allsopp as Assistant Director of Music. Jonny has been Organ Scholar at Hereford, Durham and Westminster Cathedrals, gaining a broad range of experience which will set him up well for this new chapter.

The Leaves of Southwell – Funding Success!

The Leaves of Southwell – Funding Success!

June 27, 2019

We are delighted to announce Southwell Minster has been awarded a £1.9million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant towards the implementation of plans that seek to conserve and celebrate the internationally renowned Leaves of Southwell. These 13th century naturalistic carvings are amongst the finest in Europe and have long been a source of inspiration to artists … Read More

Canon Nigel to Retire

Canon Nigel to Retire

June 24, 2019

It was announced yesterday (Sunday 23 June) the news that Canon Nigel will be retiring as Canon Chancellor on 30 September 2019. We will have a farewell service on Sunday 22 September at 10.30am followed by a reception. After nearly 15 years here, Nigel and Rhoda will leave a huge gap in the Minster community … Read More

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

May 24, 2019

As a part of the global prayer initiative, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, Southwell Minster invites you to participate in some special interactive prayer stations. Running until 9 June, please feel free to visit at your leisure, pick up a prayer station guide from the welcome desk and in your own time, taking as long as you … Read More

Southwell Minster Gardens and Grounds. Would you like to volunteer?

Southwell Minster Gardens and Grounds. Would you like to volunteer?

May 17, 2019

The grounds and gardens at Southwell Minster and The Archbishop’s Palace provide a peaceful and charming environment for locals and visitors to walk through, play in, learn from and enjoy. They are also an important link to the Minster itself, the history that surrounds it and its future. We are looking for a small group … Read More

Duke of Edinburgh students volunteer time at cathedral

Duke of Edinburgh students volunteer time at cathedral

May 15, 2019

Five students from the Minster School in Southwell have volunteered their time to help in the Education Garden at the Archbishop’s Palace, whilst working toward their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The girls: Lauren, Milly and Kimberley are all in Year 9 and the boys: William  and Dan are in Year 10. Southwell Minster gardener, Amanda … Read More

Spring Time Travellers arrive at the Minster

Spring Time Travellers arrive at the Minster

March 15, 2019

Schools from Mapperley and Carrington were among 35 primary schools attending the annual Time Travelling RE days at Southwell Minster last week. 1500 children came and enjoyed a variety of activities including learning about how babies are baptised, singing, special clothes and taking a close look at the medieval carvings. Diana Ives, Cathedral Education Officer … Read More