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:

Rev Canon Nick Fennemore: “Life as an NHS chaplain – part two” – Wednesday 22 January, 2.30pm

Nick, our Cathedral chaplain, has spent 33 years of his ministry working for the NHS as a chaplain and so has a wealth of stories and experiences of working in acute hospitals, hospices and the community.  Last year Nick talked about his early career at a sold out talk so he will return in the New Year to talk about his time at the John Radclifffe hospital in Oxford and the subject of medical ethics.

Dr Tom Watson: “Oh when the Saints – all about Winchester’s lesser-known saints – Tuesday 25 February, 2.30pm

We all know of St Swithun but there were other less well-known Winchester saints.  At this talk, Dr Tom Watson, a Friends’ trustee and medieval historian, will reveal much about these fascinating saints and their importance in the medieval church.

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

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.

David Rymill: “Cathedral archives” – Thursday 30 April, 7 for 7.30pm

The Cathedral archives comprise of thousands of documents, dating from early medieval times to the present day, about the Cathedral building and the people and activities associated with it.  David’s talk will show that the archive gives insights into many aspects of the Cathedral’s story through the centuries, and he will feature some of the documents on show in the Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation exhibition.

Tom Burden: “Headmaster, The Pilgrims’ school” – Tuesday 19 May, 7 for 7.30pm

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

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.


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 2020 are 17 January, 14 February and 20 March, 17 April, 15 May, 12 June, 24 July, 18 September, 16 October (Paul Woodhouse Suite), 20 November and 11th December.