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, Ryan Lavelle about Alfred and his biographer, Julie Adams about Memorials in the Cathedral, Stephen Jones about the Cathedral bosses and Anne Lovett about Bishop Ponet.  Our Autumn programme kicked off with the Dean talking on the subject of “The things they never taught me at Theological College – a life in ministry”.  The events below are the remaining events of the autumn 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

Viv Ferriss: “A introduction to two influential individuals in the Cathedral’s history, Henri du Blois and Henry Beaufort” – Wednesday 7th October, 7pm by Zoom

John Parker: “Marbles and other decorative stones of Winchester Cathedral.” – Wednesday 4th November, 7pm by Zoom

AGM: We will also be holiding our AGM on Zoom on Wednesday 14th October at 3.30pm by Zoom.  Please email contact the office if you would like to attend.

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 16 October, 20 November and 11th December.


Helen McGarry: “Cathedral Flowers – a demonstration” – Thursday 26 March, 2.30pm – 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.

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

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 FURTHER NOTICE

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.