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 in this situation is to safeguard jobs so that our mission and ministry can continue on a sound financial basis, and that we are in the right place to continue beyond this crisis. At the end of March, the Government announced a scheme to retain jobs during the Coronavirus pandemic and this scheme is a financial lifeline for our Cathedral. Although it was a difficult decision Chapter took the difficult decision to furlough 26 members of staff until the end of May. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be reviewed regularly by Chapter and may include further roles in the coming weeks.
Following the Government annou

UPDATE: 24 March 2020

Following the Government announcement on Monday 23 March, all Church of England cathedrals and churches are closed. While for the previous week the Minster had remained open for private prayer with the clergy maintaining the daily pattern of Morning and Evening prayer and Eucharist, this concession was suspended for an indefinite period in the escalating threat of the virus spreading. The Chapter is committed to care for Minster staff, the community and the public during the current national emergency to ‘Stay Safe, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’. The Minster Centre, shop and Refectory are all also closed. All events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Although our building is closed, we continue to pray from our hearts and homes and have developed a new Worship Online area of our website to help people connect for worship and fellowship, which can be found by clicking here.

We will post a weekly Pew News on the website every Friday but regrettably we are not able to print and post copies for the time being.

Pastoral care for our community is vital and continues through the Pastoral Group and clergy.  If you have an urgent need to contact the clergy please phone 01636 812593 or email

In these difficult times you may wish to access our Prayer Resources, including a Worship at Home booklet

We continue to pray for all working in our health service and everyone affected by the coronavirus, especially the elderly, vulnerable and the isolated.

A prayer for all those affected by Coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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