Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • Environment concerns at top of agenda in West Wight

    Worshippers in the West Wight Mission Community are putting environmental concerns at the top of their agenda. They are enjoying ‘Forest Church’ as well as engaging with schoolchildren on green issues. Read more

  • Emotional scenes as new building opens as church and school

    There were emotional scenes as a brand new school building opened to serve the people of Whiteley. The £12m building will also double as the base for the C of E church in the town, giving the congregation their first permanent base since Whiteley Church began in 1995. Bishop Rob, our commissary bishop, opened the building in the first act of collective worship in the school on ths first day of a new term Read more

  • Bishop opens new school and church building in Whiteley

    Our commissary bishop today opens a new building that will be the home of Cornerstone C of E Primary School in Whiteley. The £12m building will also be the new home of Hope Church, Whiteley, the church covering the whole of the town of Whiteley. Bishop Rob will lead the very first act of collective worship to be held in the new building, on the first day of the autumn term. Read more

  • Bishop opens school building named after him

    Bishop Christopher has opened a new school building which has been named in his honour. He formally opened the Christopher building at Charter Academy in the heart of Portsmouth - just a couple of months before his retirement Read more

  • Schoolgirl inspires families to donate Christmas treats

    An 11-year-old schoolgirl inspired staff and parents to donate hundreds of items towards a project to help the residents of local care homes. Evie Watson, from Leesland C of E Junior School, helped to drive the drive to collect Christmas treats. Read more

  • Rugby players to the rescue!

    The Locks Heath Pumas come to the rescue of Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy and their overgrown school grounds. Read more

  • ‘Lollipop lady’ chalks up 25 years

    A Gosport woman who works as a school crossing patrol outside a Leesland school has marked 25 years in the role. Bridget Bathe has served the community as ‘lollipop lady’ outside Leesland C of E Infant School for a quarter of a century. Read more

  • Mothers’ Union members show care for parents

    Members of the Mothers’ Union in Shedfield and Wickham showed their care for parents whose children were starting term at two local schools. They provided ‘Bags of Love’, which included treats for those dropping off their children at the reception classes in Wickham and Shedfield schools. Read more

  • PHOTOS: Prayers at the foundations of new school

    Bishop Christopher led a short, socially-distanced service of prayer at the foundations of the new Cornerstone C of E Primary School site in Whiteley. He was joined by Rev Philippa Mills, vicar of Whiteley Church, as well as local councillors, school governors and teachers, representatives of Midas Group, the construction company, and local MP Flick Drummond. Read more

  • Bishop to pray over foundations of new school

    Bishop Christopher will pray over the foundations of a new C of E school being built to cater for hundreds of families who will move into new homes in Whiteley. The prayer will happen on August 25,on the site of the new Cornerstone C of E Primary School. Read more

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