Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories


  • Volunteers to deliver turkeys by e-bike

    Pioneers and volunteers will deliver turkeys to those in need on Hayling Island by e-bike. It’s part of a scheme run by the Good Neighbours Network, which is based in our diocesan office and supports more than 100 voluntary care groups across Hampshire. Read more

  • Thousands flock to our Christmas tree festivals

    Thousands of visitors have streamed into our churches to enjoy Christmas tree festivals. Churches in Gosport, Copnor, Locks Heath and Cowes - among others - have showcased dozens of decorated Christmas trees, often donated by local businesses and charities. There has also been live music and seasonal refreshments. Read more

  • Christmas panto brings our community together

    Amateur actors from the Leigh Park and Warren Park Community Players presented 'Jack and the Beanstalk' for four performances in December. Their Christmas production was the latest in a series of annual pantos that have helped to bond members of the local community together. A cast of almost 50 actors and backstage crew performed for an audience of around 400 people in St Clare's Church, Warren Park Read more

  • New Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight appointed

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev Steve Daughtery as the new Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight. Steve, who is currently area dean and vicar of Holy Trinity, Bembridge, will combine his parish and archdeacon's jobs. He will be licensed in our cathedral at the end of January. Read more

  • Ryde pupils prove themselves to be global citizens

    Pupils from Oakfield C of E Primary School in Ryde have shown they have what it takes to be global citizens. They’ve worked hard on projects such as recycling, beach cleans and welcoming Ukrainian refugees. Read more

  • Churches throw open doors to offer food and warmth

    Churches across our diocese are opening their doors to those who need food and warmth – to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis this winter. They are offering hot drinks, meals and company for those who might otherwise feel isolated, or who may struggle to find the money for both heating and food. Read more

  • ‘Sunday School prompted me to join church school’

    It was partly Sharon James’s experience of teaching at Sunday School in her church that prompted her to teach in a church school. Now, after 17 years at St Alban’s C of E Primary in West Leigh, she’s pleased she made that choice. Read more

  • ‘I’ll take my memories with me – but it’s time for our church to close’

    The final two deputy wardens at St Wilfrid’s Church in Fratton have shared their memories of the church as it prepares to close its doors. Bishop Jonathan will process on Sunday with the congregation from St Wilfrid’s, back to St Mary’s in Fratton Road – the church it was originally planted from 115 years ago Read more

  • MY FAITH: Ordination confirmed God’s call for me to plant new church

    It was only when the Rev Fran Carabott was ordained at our cathedral that he felt he was truly part of the Church of England. It marked the culmination of a journey of faith that began after a tragedy, and included a strong sense of calling to plant a brand new church. He’s now leading St Margaret’s Church in Southsea, reaching to those in the local community in multiple ways. Read more

  • Teacher loves to see children’s progress through school

    As a Year 6 teacher, Tamara Goddard loves to see the progress that pupils make as they journey through Cornerstone C of E Primary School. The former dancer explains why she loves teaching, in our series in which we talk to those who teach in our church schools. Read more

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