The Friends of Guildford Cathedral


The Friends of Guildford Cathedral was founded in 1968 with the aim of bringing together all those who love the Cathedral and wish to support its work. There are about 800 members.  Many Friends live locally and are able to enjoy the wide ranging number of activities we host, but there are also many who live further afield who simply enjoy reviewing regular information about the Cathedral, its mission and community life. 

By becoming a Friend you will not only help to ensure that the building is preserved and enhanced for future generations, but will have the opportunity to take part in social activities, outings and an annual pilgrimage.

Why join The Friends

As well as joining a group of like-minded people who care for this wonderful building, joining The Friends provides you with the following benefits:

  • A programme of social activities, outings and an annual pilgrimage, often overseas
  • An opportunity to become involved in the life of the Cathedral
  • A copy of the annual Report and Accounts (Narthex) and a copy of The Friends' newsletter (Revelation).
  • Discount weeks in the Cathedral shop
  • Attendance at the Friends’ AGM in July

How to join The Friends

We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you. To join The Friends, please complete an enrolment form.  We ask you to consider completing a Gift Aid form and if you can give by standing order, this is the most efficient way for us to receive your subscription and helps us to channel more of our income to helping the Cathedral.  Membership runs from 1st July each year.

Future Events

The Friends' events are open to everyone (you do not have to be a Friend to attend).

GUILDFORD TOWN GUIDED TOUR & EVENING SUPPER - Wednesday 21st June @ /images/Friends/gfd town.jpg5.30pm  -  Explore the hidden secrets of Guildford Town Centre with a highly experienced guide, and the option to enjoy a meal in one of the historic Guildford Pubs.  To download a booking form please click here.  For further details contact The Friends Secretary 01483 547875 /


AGM & SUMMER BBQ - Sunday 16th July @ 11.45am - ** PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE **  The Friends Annual General Meeting will once again be held in the Cathedral Nave, we will then make our way over to the Diocesan Education Centre where will be having a BBQ.  Click here for a booking form.  For further details contact The Friends Secretary 01483 547875 /


THE FRIENDS TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC - Willow Grange - Saturday 19th /images/teddys.jpgAugust @ 2.30pm - Bring along the children and grandchildren to the first ever FRIENDS TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC, in the wonderful grounds of Willow Grange, home to the Bishop of Guildford - Andrew Watson and his wife, Beverly.  We will be hosting various activities, including boat rides, hook a duck, cupcake competition etc. etc. To download a booking form please click here.  For further details contact The Friends Secretary 01483 547875 /


  • September - Quiz Night
  • November - Skittles Evening
  • December - Westminster Abbey with the Purcell Club 


Recent Projects

In recent years The Friends have helped to fund the following projects:

  • A new cope for the Dean
  • New stoles and Virgers' robes
  • Re-waxing of the oil filled candles
  • Vestments for children to wear when visiting with their school
  • A contribution towards the nave altar and font
  • Contributions to The Cathedral Appeal towards the Oral History Project and Archive Project
  • Other fabric projects within the Cathedral

Annual Accounts 2015

You can download a copy of the Friends of Guildford Cathedral's annual accounts here for 2015.

Contact Us

For further details about the work of The Friends, forms and any other information, please contact:

Secretary to The Friends of Guildford Cathedral
Cathedral Office
Stag Hill
Tel:      01483 547875