All Things Bright & Beautiful

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Exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts

Annual Theme 2017

Cathedral Annual Theme for 2017  “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – exploring ecology and environment through science, faith and the arts.

This year, beginning with the Advent season, we will be considering ecology and the environment and in particular our impact on and stewardship of it. In addition we will be working on obtaining an Eco Church award. Details of events, lectures, seminars and workshops are available in this leaflet and through our website.

Here are the events planned

Sunday 27th November

10.30am Eucharist and First Sunday of Advent

The launch of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – how does our faith inform our care of the environment? Our guest preacher is the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Church of England spokesperson on the environment and ecology.

Tuesday 29th November

7.00pm Advent Lecture – Dan Oakley, South Downs National Park

In May, South Downs National Park became the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). Dan Oakley is a ranger at South Downs National Park and led the project to achieve IDSR status. He will share this story with us along with projections to help us appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Free entry, all are welcome.

Tuesday 6th December

7.00pm Advent Lecture and Film – “An Inconvenient Truth”

This film portrays some of the realities and impact of climate change on our planet will be screened in Becket Hall with an opportunity for discussion afterwards.

Tuesday 13th December

7.00pm Advent Lecture – Dr Joanna Preston

Dr Preston will discuss her ongoing research project in partnership with Land Rover BAR around reintroducing native oysters to the Solent.

21st December

10.00am Guided Walk of 100 Acre Wood with Dr Sara Collins

Come along for a friendly morning guided walk of 100 acre wood near Wickham with Dr Sara Collins in conjunction with Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral. Finishes with a hot drink and mince pies – might need wellies and a waterproof!

You can book onto the walk here.

Monday January 23rd through 26th

Installation of a Willow Dome Chapel on the Cathedral Green

Chris Jenkins will guide us in the building of a willow dome chapel on Cathedral Green. Local schools and members of the local community will be involved in the building and then it will form a living feature on the green to be used for small services and for visitors.

Wednesday 11th January

Christmas Tree Den Building on Cathedral green

A series of workshops for schools to learn how to build dens from this past season’s Christmas Trees with Dr Sara Collins, Forest Schools practitioner. Please contact our Education Officer at the Cathedral for more details, sarah.page@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk 023 9282 3300.

Tuesday 24th January

7.00pm Annual Theme Lecture – Bishop James Jones

Bishop James Jones will speak on behalf of The Woodlands Trust about The Charter for Trees, Woods and People which will guide policy and practice in the UK. It will launch on 6th November 2017 on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. More than 50 organisations from across multiple sectors are standing together to call for a charter. Free admission, all are welcome.

Through February 2017

Visit the Willow Dome Chapel on the Cathedral Green

Come and visit the willow dome, now installed on the Cathedral green.

Tuesday 28th February (Shrove Tuesday)

Community Day with pancakes and Eco Board Game – Owen Devine

Owen Devine is a planner for Hampshire County Council and environmental campaigner. He has created a board game called Footprint based on Portsmouth around the environment, sustainability and simple changes we can all make to enable us to take better care of the Earth.  Owen will join us for the day to explain the game and the ideas behind it. During the day we will play the games with groups of students from local schools and then have a session for the local community in the evening having fun and learning about how to take care of the environment. As usual we will be serving pancakes in the Nave all day!  All welcome.

Wednesday 8th March

7.00pm Lent Lecture – Dr Ruth Valerio from A Rocha

Ruth holds a PhD for research into simplicity and consumerism, which led to her book ‘Just Living’. She develops the theological thinking behind A Rocha UK’s work, and with an expert team created the Eco Church award scheme. You can follow Ruth’s blog at www.ruthvalerio.net.  All welcome.

Wednesday 15th March

7.00pm Lent Lecture – Clive Anderson of The Woodlands Trust

Learn more about the work of The Woodlands Trust from its President, Clive Anderson. Clive has been the president for more than 10 years, having taken a long interest in the problems facing the natural world and trees in particular. Clive is a barrister and broadcaster. He has presented a variety of comedy and chat shows and some more serious programmes – on a range of radio and television networks. These include Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Radio 4 and Channel 4 TV), Clive Anderson Talks Back (Channel 4), Clive Anderson All Talk (BBC 1), Our Man In (BBC 2) and the Guessing Game on Radio Scotland. He currently presents Loose Ends and Unreliable Evidence on Radio 4. As President, he has hosted events, delivered speeches at fundraising events and even planted the odd tree. Free admission, all are welcome.

Wednesday 22nd March

10.00am Guided Walk of 100 Acre Wood with Dr Sara Collins

Come along for a friendly guided walk of 100 acre wood near Wickham with Dr Sara Collins sponsored by the Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral. Finishes with a pub lunch.

Wednesday 29th March

7.00pm “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – Workshop

Join us for a reflective event led by Sharon Court on the core elements of the Cathedral Annual theme.

Wednesday 5th April

7.00pm Lent Lecture – Prof Dave Goulson

Join us to learn more about the importance and conservation of bees to our environment.  All are welcome to this free event.

Monday 17th April through Monday 22nd of May

“Family Tree” Art Exhibition

Art exhibition, workshops and lectures with Jack House Gallery “Family Tree”. More details coming soon.

Through Monday 22nd of May

“Family Tree” Art Exhibition

Art exhibition, workshops and lectures with Jack House Gallery “Family Tree”. More details coming soon.

Throughout May

“Pint of Science”

Held in partnership with the University of Portsmouth and The Dolphin, “The Pint of Science” festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public, mainly across bars and pubs. Organisers seek to provide a platform allowing the public to discuss research with those who carry it out – no prior knowledge of the subject required!  It is run mainly by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. More details coming soon.

May

Portsmouth Film Society Green Festival

Working in collaboration with the Portsmouth Film Society we will screen films in keeping with the Annual Theme. More details coming soon.

Saturday 10th June

10.00am Guided Walk of 100 Acre Wood with Dr Sara Collins

Come along for a friendly morning guided walk of 100 acre wood near Wickham with Dr Sara Collins in conjunction with Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral.  Finishes with a pub lunch.

June

“Invite a Tree to Tea” party

In collaboration with The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral and in partnership with The Woodland Trust, join us for a special “Invite a Tree to Tea” party on the Cathedral Green. Date to follow.

From June through August

Ginny Topp – potter from Claystation art residency in the Cathedral

Come and see acclaimed potter Ginny Topp from Claystation in residence at the Cathedral.  Help her produce fabulous works of art which will be on display in the Cathedral.

Saturday 15th July

Portsmouth Environment Festival

Portsmouth Environment Festival in partnership with Portsmouth Climate Action Network. More details coming soon.

July through August

Ginny Topp – potter from Claystation art residency in the Cathedral

Come and see acclaimed potter Ginny Topp from Claystation in residence at the Cathedral.  Help her produce fabulous works of art which will be on display in the Cathedral.

Throughout August

Ginny Topp potter from Claystation art residency in the Cathedral

Come and see acclaimed potter Ginny Topp from Claystation art in residency at the Cathedral.  Help her produce fabulous works of art which will be on display in the Cathedral.

Sunday 24th September

Harvest Celebration

Join us for an extra special Harvest Celebration to close the year’s Annual Theme.

We also hope to bring you some more exciting events and will announce these as soon as details are confirmed.

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