Friends Events

The Friends’ face-to-face events are now on hold due to the situation with Covid-19.  However, we are running events on Zoom.   Our first talks by Zoom on the “Cathedral” archives and “Graffiti in the Cathedral” attracted around 70 Friends from around the world and were enjoyed by all.  We have also heard from Dr Ellie Woodacre about Royal Marriages in the Cathedral and Ryan Lavelle about Alfred and his biographer.  The events below are the remaining events of the summer programme of 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

Julie Adams: “Forget me Not: A House of Remembrance” – Thursday 9th July, 7pm by Zoom

Winchester Cathedral and The Close are full of memorials.  According to the official burial registers of Winchester Cathedral, a total of seven hundred and eighty seven burials took place in the Cathedral since the register was started in 1599.  Many are marked with ledger stones.  After the Reformation, wall space was used for further memorials, and more recently money raised to commemorate an individual has been used to refurbish or beautify our Cathedral.  So, who do we remember, and do we also remember the artists who created the memorials?  Julie Adams will take us on an armchair walk around the Cathedral to discover some of our more interesting memorials.

Stephen Jones: “The Bosses on the Presbytery Vault of Winchester Cathedral” – Thursday 23 July, 3pm by Zoom

The vaults of Winchester Cathedral carry over 1000 bosses in total. Those above the Presbytery are the most spectacular, particularly since their recent restoration. This talk will examine their origin, their restoration and each of their three major themes: Christs’s Passion, Royalty and Bishop Fox, and will show numerous examples of individual bosses.

Anne Lovett: “John Ponet: a little known Bishop of Winchester” – Tuesday 4th August, 7pm by Zoom

John Ponet who was Bishop of Winchester for only two years (1551 – 1553) does not, unlike his predecessors, loom large in the histories of Tudor England.  He was, however, one of the leading intellectuals of his age, a significant reforming theologian, one of the most important bishops in the reign of Edward VI, the senior ranking cleric among the Marian exiles and ultimately an innovative political thinker.  There is possible scandal associated with him and a definite connection with gin!

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 dates for 2020 are 24 July, 18 September, 16 October, 20 November and 11th December.


Helen McGarry: “Cathedral Flowers – a demonstration” – Thursday 26 March, 2.30pm – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER

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.

Tom Burden: “Headmaster, The Pilgrims’ school” – Tuesday 19 May, 7 for 7.30pm  – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

Tom Burden is 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.

David Jewell: “Curator, Hillier Gardens” – Tuesday 16 June, 7 for 7.30pm – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

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.