Supporters and funders

Running the Cathedral costs £10,000 a day, and we don’t receive any funding from either the State or the Church. So the help we get from charitable trusts, foundations and supporters to take forward conservation activities, maintain our choral music and take forward special projects makes all the difference.

The Dean and Chapter are hugely grateful to the following groups and organisations for their funding and practical support. All of them play a role in helping us maintain our buildings and many different activities to a high standard.

Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust Limited is a registered charity affiliated to the Church of England that supports church and heritage activities. The Trust has helped us take forward key projects such as laying the stone floor in our new Fleury Building opening 2011.

Association of English Cathedrals

The Association of English Cathedrals is an important umbrella body for England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals, representing their collective interests with organisations such as government departments, English Heritage and national church institutions. It also promotes shared best practice between cathedrals.

The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England

Our Fabric Advisory Committee answers to this statutory national body, which oversees, advises on and supports a wide range of projects relating to the care and conservation of Church of England cathedrals.

The Church Commissioners

The Church Commissioners manage the Church’s historic assets to support the Church’s ministry, and meets some 16% of its total running costs, answering to General Synod and Parliament. They fund the salary of our Dean and two of our Canons.

Cloisters: The Cathedral Charity Shop

The Cathedral’s own charity shop stands in the heart of Winchester. It’s run by a group of dedicated volunteers who collect, price and sell a wide range of items, raising valued additional funds. Since it was founded in 2007, Cloisters has raised over £100,000 from net profits to support our ministry and activities.

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The Deanery Bookstall: Cathedral second-hand books

This busy and popular bookstall housed in the in the Cathedral’s Inner Close is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who collect, price and sell a wide range of second-hand books, raising valued funds to support our choral music and choristers.

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The Friends of Dean Garnier Garden Trust

The Dean Garnier Garden is one of our hidden gems, a tranquil and beautifully planted walled garden in the inner close that is managed and maintained by 200 volunteers. It stands on the site of a monks’ dormitory that was once part the great medieval Priory of St Swithun.

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Friends of Winchester Cathedral

Friends are enthusiastic supporters of this great medieval Cathedral, its special history and treasures, and its great choral tradition. Since it was founded in 1931, this registered charity has raised £8 million in today’s money to support a wide range of important initiatives, including our new Fleury Building, opening 2011.

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The Carl Klein Trust

Founded specifically to support Lay Clerks (adult male singers in cathedral choirs) on the basis of a legacy, the Trust funds two houses for the accommodation of our Lay Clerks, and offers them additional support in their first year with us.

Pilgrims’ School

The Cathedral has very close links with Pilgrims’ School, one of the major choir schools in the UK. Standing in the Cathedral’s Inner Close, it a boarding and day school for boys aged 4 to 13 that educates both our own Cathedral Choristers and the Quiristers of Winchester College’s chapel choir.

Winchester Cathedral Trust

Winchester Cathedral Trust is a registered charity that exists to support the Cathedral financially for major projects. Between 2011 and 2019 under the Chairmanship of Lady Mary Fagan LG DCVO it led a fundraising campaign to secure match funding for the £21m Heritage Lottery Fund project “Kings & Scribes”.

Current Winchester Cathedral Trust trustees

Winchester City Council

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Interested in funding or supporting Cathedral projects?
Email Annabelle Boyes, Receiver General, or call her on 01962 857207