Friends Events

We are currently taking bookings for the following Friends’ events which take place in Paul Woodhouse Suite at the Cathedral unless otherwise stated.  Payment can be made by credit/debit card (please call 01962 857244/45). Alternatively cheques (made payable to Friends of Winchester Cathedral) or cash should be sent to 2 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS or please feel free to visit the office between 9.30am and 2.30pm to book in person:

Dr Cindy Wood, lecturer of Medieval History at the University of Winchester – “The Cage Chantries of Winchester Cathedral 1366 to 1555” – 13 February, 2.30pm – SOLD OUT – please call the office to be added to the waiting list

This talk will explore the largest group of these uniquely English Late Medieval monuments. These chantries, all founded by bishops, will be explored as survivors of a lively belief in Purgatory and how to mitigate its expected horrors in this period up to their Dissolution, under Edward VI, in 1545.

Sophie Hacker –  “Stained Glass Windows – the Creative Process” – Thursday 14 March, 7 for 7.30 – SOLD OUT – please call the office to be added to the waiting list

Sophie will share the journey of how a new stained glass window comes into being. From initial brief, site visits, converting the preliminary sketches into a full design, choosing the glass colours and presenting the theology of the window to the client, this fully illustrated talk will explain all the processes with several examples of her own work.

Dean Catherine Ogle—Thursday 4 April, 7 for 7.30 – LAST FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE OFFICE

In 2019 it will be 25 years since women were first ordained as priests in the Church of England. Dean Catherine Ogle was amongst those first women involved in this momentous change. At this talk, she will take you through her journey from being a parish priest in West Yorkshire, to Birmingham where she served as Dean and finally to Winchester where she became our first female Dean in 2017.

An Evening in the War Cloister – Thursday 30 May – LAST FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE OFFICE

Recently awarded Grade 1 listed status, the Winchester College War Cloister is said by some to be the most magnificent in the land. David Fellowes, Old Wykehamist, will talk about the extraordinary lengths taken to create a memorial for the many who died.

Dr Brian M Collins—”Thomas Wolsey & Stephen Gardiner—Bishops or Bureaucrats?” – Wednesday 12 June, 7 for 7.30

The successive Bishops of Winchester both worked intimately with Henry VIII – Wolsey before the divorce from Katherine of Aragon and Gardiner after the break with Rome. But why did Wolsey drain the coffers of Winchester and was Gardiner really the best lawyer in England?”

Coffee and Cake

On the third Friday of every month, join us in the Undercroft and meet other Friends, old and new from 10.30am.  The dates for 2019 are 15 February, 15 March, 12 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 21 September, 19 October, 15 November and 14 December.