Canon Peter Leonard, from Portsmouth Cathedral talks about the role of the cathedral in the city
Since joining the cathedral in April 2014, I’ve had the chance to experience this first hand as there seems to always be an art exhibition, concert, visiting lecturer, children’s school group or visiting guests from overseas at the cathedral.
As a building, the cathedral has been a witness to over 800 years of history, sharing in moments of joy and sadness for the people of Portsmouth, but also a source of hope and continuity in all seasonsCanon Peter Leonard
In many ways, the vibrancy and dynamic nature of what is happening at our cathedral is a reflection of our great city.
As Canon Chancellor with responsibility for education and community work, I often reflect on the role that the cathedral has played in our community of Portsmouth, and what this has meant over the years.
Portsmouth Cathedral is a physical representation of God’s presence, not only to the city itself, but also in the lives of so many people who are its residents and visitors.
As a building, the cathedral has been a witness to over 800 years of history, sharing in moments of joy and sadness for the people of Portsmouth, but also a source of hope and continuity in all seasons.
This year, the cathedral is embarking on restoration of its 17th-century tower and 12th-century east walls, thanks in great part to funding from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.
These funds, made available to all cathedrals in England, were granted in recognition of the powerful symbol cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War in the coming years.
I am excited to see the much-needed repair work finally underway.
In the next few months, the cathedral will hold a series of guided tower tours available to the public, with a total of 10 planned throughout the stages of the work, when there will be opportunities for visitors to go up the tower and see the work first hand, whilst taking in a rarely seen view of the city and the Solent.
Please do check our website for times and dates which will be up very soon.
I very much look forward to welcoming members of the community as well as visitors, to become better acquainted with their cathedral in Portsmouth, ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’.
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