The Rector Chori gaining speed as he sprints to victory

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 light.

Team Decani (the Dean’s team) took the wining place in a photo finish, as Rector Chori, Paul Provost, crossed the line milliseconds before the rival Team Cantoris (Canon Richard’s team). Excellent flipping was demonstrated by all, even if there were a few pancake casualties!

Canon Richard Frith’s look of determination as he and the Dean kick-start the relay race

The choir and clergy raced in their new robes. These have recently replaced those of various colours and styles that had been handed down over the last 20 years, reflecting the high level of sacred music sung in the Cathedral and promoting a ‘one team’ message (or, in this case, two teams!) Please consider donating towards these robes via this JustGiving link.

The fun of Tuesday preceded the more reflective Ash Wednesday services, which began with morning prayer at 7.30am and ran throughout the day to include the imposition of ashes at a 1.15pm Holy Communion and at 7pm during the Sung Eucharist.

Throughout Lent, there will be a Lent Address and Compline every Tuesday at 7.30pm, followed by a discussion in Sacrista Prebend, all themed around caring for God’s creation. The Dean and clergy welcome everyone to these special opportunities for reflection . Please download the flyer for more information by clicking here.