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Friends Events

The Friends’ face-to-face events remain on hold in 2021 but we have an exciting programme of Zoom talks.

Please email the Friends’ Office to book onto these events (

These talks are free but donations to the Friends are welcome via this link

If you would like to view talks from January, February & March, you can view them on You Tube

Johanna Strong, PhD student, University of Winchester –  “Mary I of England – how ‘Bloody’ was she?”

Jane Hands, Lay Canon, and Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster of Winchester College – “Cathedral and College: breaching the wall – from Wykeham to Wesley and beyond

David Farthing, Cathedral Guide – The Winchester Diver: Behind The Scenes”

Tom Watson, Friends’ Trustee – “Edward the Martyr: the murder mystery king”

Chris Dobbs, Head of Interpretation at the Mary Rose, Bruce Parker and Margaret and Nick Braddock  – “The raising of the Mary Rose by individuals who were involved in the story”

Programme of Zoom Events – April – May 2021

Jeannie Berridge, Cathedral Guide – Wednesday 19th May, 7pm by Zoom

“The Great Screen –  Magnificence, Mayhem and Mystery”

Tom Burden: former Headmaster, The Pilgrims’ school – Tuesday 29th March, 7pm in the Cathedral & via Live Stream

Tom Burden is the former Headmaster of The Pilgrims’ School, the choir school of Winchester Cathedral, and therefore responsible for 270 boys, including 22 Choristers.  What is it like to lead such a school?  Tom will talk about the opportunities and challenges of his role, and what it is like to work with Choristers and Cathedral.


Friends’ Coffee Mornings

The Friends’ Coffee mornings are now being held on Zoom.  Please contact the office for the details to join by Zoom.  The 2021 dates are 21st May, 18th June and 16th July at 10.30am.


Helen McGarry: Cathedral Flowers – a demonstration – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

At this event, Helen McGarry who leads the cathedral flower arrangers will talk about their role and the work they do.  There will also be a practical demonstration where Helen and another member of the flower team will demonstrate their skills.


An overview of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens through the year. This talk will include a brief history and a look at key areas across the gardens, including trees, shrubs and perennials, providing thoughts, ideas and inspiration.

The Friends of Winchester Cathedral Zoom events are