There are a number of active groups within the Cathedral community, and newcomers are most welcome to join them.  See below for further information about:




The Bellringers at St Woolos

The history of the present bells started in 1913, when a new ring of 10 bells was installed in the tower by Taylors of Loughborough. In 1939, two trebles were added and the smallest three bells were recast by Gillett and Johnson of Croydon to create the first ring of 12 bells in Wales. The semi-tone bell was add by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London in 1989, and these 13 bells remain the largest in Wales. 

More importantly, there is a dedicated team of regular Sunday ringers, although sometimes a specific long piece of ringing will be organised. This may be a full peal of just over 5000 changes, which will last for 3-3 ½ hours. The organiser will invite the exact number of ringers required for the performance, which is rung without pause.

More frequently, a quarter peal will be rung, giving a shorter performance of 40-50 minutes. The Cathedral ringers try to arrange for a quarter peal to be rung prior to Sunday Evensong, often utilising ringers from other towers in the area.

At other times, the session will comprise a series of short bursts of ringing of 5-10 minutes duration, using different numbers of bells and changing the ringers round, under the direction of the Tower Warden. This is known as “general ringing”.

Ringing takes place every week prior to Sunday morning (9.45 to 10.30 a.m.) and evening services (5.15 to 6.30 p.m.) There is regular practice on Tuesday evenings from 7.15 to 9.00 p.m. People interested in visiting the tower to see the band ringing or interested in learning to ring are always welcome. Please contact Barry Hayman on 07900 344 265

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St Dunstans link

The Diocese of Monmouth has established a link with the Diocese of the Highveld, just west of Johannesburg in South Africa. The idea of a link was being explored by Archbishop Rowan Williams and the late Bishop David Beetge (of Highveld), when Archbishop Rowan translated to Canterbury. Bishop Dominic Walker (of Monmouth) found himself sitting next to Bishop David at the enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral. They introduced themselves and decided to talk about the link, into which they formally entered in 2003. St Dunstan's cathedral in Benoni was linked with Abergavenny. However,  following the death of David Beetge and the retirement of Dominic, it was decided that the cathedrals of Newport (St Woolos) and St Dunstan’s should be linked with each other. A five year extension was arranged between Bishop David Bannerman and Bishop Richard Pain at the latter's enthronement in St Woolos in October, 2013.  Daily prayers are said, for our Link, at Morning Prayer, and there is a special link service every year in November. The current Bishop is the Rt. Rev.Charles May, elected in 2015.

Both cathedrals have strong choirs and, with appointments of new Musical Directors in both parishes; hopefully we can exchange music. A CD of the Benoni Choir has recently been received.

The picture shows three youngsters who were admitted to Holy Communion in May 2016 - Joaquin Kana and Lesedi and Bokang Ramano.

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Thirty-somethings' Social Group

With its quirky title of 'Thirty-Somethings' a group was set up by Dr Richard Fenwick shortly after he became Dean of the Cathedral; its aim being to enable worshippers at the cathedral and at its Daughter Church of St Martin-in-the-Gaer to mix together in friendship and fellowship. Since its inception dozens of coach outings have been organised in the Spring and Summer months to castles, museums, stately homes and places of interest in and out of Wales and, as winter approaches, there is a popular quiz indoors and a well-supported Christmas Dinner. The group is run on a non-profit making basis by a small Executive, currently comprising Canon Dr Mark Dimond as Chair, Hon Secretary: Mrs Yvonne Oakes  and Hon Treasurer: Mr Reg Oakes. 

In May 2015 there was an enjoyable boat trip organised along the River Avon at Bristol with lunch at the Quayside Cafe and a sumptuous cream tea on the boat as it returned (see photo). There have also been visits to Clevedon Court, the American Museum,  the Royal Mint and Hellens in Herfordshire. 

Photographs to illustrate how much the activities of the Group are available. Come and join us!

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Girls' Brigade

Girls brigade is a Christian uniform organisation for girls aged 4yrs to 18+ and the branch at St Woolos (The First Newport Girls Brigade) is part of the national Girls Brigade, whose website can be found here The aim of the Girls Brigade is that children and young people discover what it means to experience and share ‘life to the full’, an expression Jesus used to explain what happens in our lives as we follow Him. We have a 4 point plan based on education, spiritual, service and physical consisting of games, story, craft,and putting into practice what the girls learn. Meetings are on Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the Cathedral Hall (term-time only).
For further details, please contact Sue Smith on 01633 272771  or e-mail

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Sunday School

The Sunday School meets in the Cathedral Hall from 10.30 until 11.30, although children are still supervised after that time if the Cathedral Service has not finished. Children are welcome with their parents before they start nursery but most children are between 4 and 11 ( Primary School age). Children are also encouraged to be part of other Cathedral Activities such as singing in the choir and serving. When Sunday School is running we are pleased to welcome new children whether they are visiting the Cathedral for the day or wanting to attend regularly.

We meet every Sunday in the school term except for the third Sunday in every month when we attend the Family Service in the Cathedral. At this service, which begins at 10.30, the children can sit in the front row with Sunday School Staff or alternatively they can sit with their family.  On the other weeks in the month we meet at 10.30  am in the Cathedral Hall for worship, singing, stories, activities and craft. At around 11.15am the children are escorted upstairs to the Cathedral for a blessing while adults are receiving the Eucharist. We then return downstairs until the end of the service.

All helpers in Sunday School are DBS checked and we have a strict child protection policy for working with children in the Cathedral

We do not meet during the Summer, Easter and Christmas holidays but we usually continue to run during half terms.

Parents/ Guardians are always informed of changes to the usual timetable. During the holidays we cannot guarantee that Sunday School

staff will be in the Cathedral and therefore should be accompanied to the service if they wish to attend.

For further information about Sunday School, please contact Hilary Sloan on Newport 279073.





‘Presentation of gifts to Sunday School by Mothers’ Union’  - November 2015

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Friends of Newport Cathedral

The Friends of the Cathedral are responsible for activities aimed at enhancing the Cathedral and its life. Events arranged by them include the annual lecture with guest speaker, and visits to places steeped in Christian tradition and history. For further information and Membership details please contact Malcolm Phillips on 01633 254097 or e-mail 

Annual lecture 10th June 2019 at 7 p.m. in Newport Cathedral

This year's lecture will be given by the former Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern on the topic of modern slavery. Revd Redfern has played an important part in leading the Church of England’s campaign on this issue. He is chairman of the Clewer Initiative, a Church of England body which seeks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery and provide resources to help give support to its victims. 

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Newport Cathedral Voluntary Choir

Would you like to sing in the new Newport Cathedral Voluntary Choir?
The choir will sing on some occasions when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday. They sang for the first time on Low Sunday, 12th April 2015, and covered the Half-Term choir break on Sunday 23rd May.

For further details, please contact the Director of Music, Emma Gibbins:    Mobile:  07952 514117

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Cathedral Welcomers

Patricia Phillips writes:
With our new website, more people than ever are wishing to visit the cathedral. We are drastically short of people to welcome them.
I am asking you all to consider spending an hour or two, in our wonderful cathedral ,to do just that! The more people who can give an hour of their time, the less the commitment. It is not a chore; it can be a very peaceful time. On occasion, Emma or Jeremy are practising the organ. Jeannie, Margaret and Liz may be arranging flowers.
One can read a book, Bible or even do a crossword, between visitors. A very special, and peaceful, time in God’s house.

During this last week, I have met a group of cyclists, who make an annual pilgrimage to all the Welsh cathedrals. Two sisters, whose parents were married in St Woolos’ and had travelled over, especially; one from Cambridge, because they wished to see the place where their parents wed. Not everyone wishes to share anecdotes; some just need to pray. There are folk who have family in either St Woolos’ or The Royal Gwent. The one thing they all have in common is the need to enter our Cathedral. Sharing these experiences is very therapeutic and calming. 

You can contact Patricia Phillips at      01633 264799

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