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Established in 1931, the Friends of Winchester Cathedral is an independent charity set up specifically to:

  • Assist Chapter maintain the Cathedral
  • Help stimulate interest in the Cathedral
  • Preserve and beautify the Cathedral, its music and history

Set up by Dean Selwyn, our first grant of £100 paid for new kneelers and cushions for the choir stalls. Since then we have given over £10 million to the Cathedral in present day terms.

Over 89 years, we have provided substantial support in a number of ways including:

  • Repairs to stonework, stained glass windows, the organ and the roof
  • Providing a cherry picker, an altar frontal, vestments, kneelers and a piano
  • Funding the magnificent Fleury building extension through a grant for £819,000

Membership starts at £25 for a single membership or £45 for a joint membership.

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