Friends of the Cathedral

Welcome to the Friends of Winchester Cathedral, an independent charity set up to support the Cathedral. There are over 3000 members in Winchester, Hampshire and beyond.

How we help

Each year, the Friends provide grants of almost £70,000 to the Cathedral.  These funds pay for the Girls’ Choir, two boy choristers, essential stonework repairs to the Cathedral and maintenance of the trees in the Close, as well as the Cathedral Christmas tree each year.  Since 2013, the Friends have also raised £800,000 towards the conservation of the Cathedral’s medieval stained glass windows. Read more.

Become a Friend

As a Friend you are entitled to:

  • Free entry into the Cathedral (and a discount for a guest)
  • Priority booking for the Community Carol Service
  • Regular social events and talks
  • Exclusive access to the Friends’ Festival
  • A copy of the Annual Record and regular newsletters.

Membership starts at only £20. You can download a membership form here.

Events

Throughout the year we organise a number of events for our members from talks to concerts. Find out more.

Record Extra

Record Extra is a newly launched collection of important articles about the Cathedral and complements the Friends’ magazine, The Record, distributed each year to Friends and available to download here.

Newsletters

Our latest newsletters are available to download here.

Get in touch

Email Lesley Bestwick, Director of the Friends, or call her on 01962 857 244. You are welcome to pop into the Friends Office, open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm. The Office is at 2 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS – we are through the door to the right of the Dean Garnier Garden.