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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. 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 and day trips
  • An opportunity to become involved in the life of the Cathedral
  • A copy of the annual Report and Accounts
  • Discount weeks in the Cathedral shop
  • Attendance at the Friends’ AGM

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.


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
  • Audio Visual equipment for live streaming
  • IT upgrade for live streaming
  • Other fabric projects within the Cathedral

Annual Report and Accounts 2020

You can download a copy of the Friends of Guildford Cathedral's here for 2020.

Upcoming Events:

  • The Friends CHRISTMAS LUNCH.  Lunch is on Saturday 11th December@ 12.30pm.  Come and enjoy a festive 2 course lunch and entertainment in Seasons Café and Kitchen.  £20 Friends / £22 non-Friends.  For more details and a booking form please contact Lisa Hatherall, Tel: 01483 547860 (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm) or email 
  • SAVE THE DATE - Monday 9th May 2022

    This visit was to have taken place in October 2021 but, due to Covid Restricions, had to be cancelled. We have now re-arranged it for 9th May 2022 and hope there will be no reason for this to be changed!
    The current plan is for the coach to leave Guildford Cathedral at 10.30a.m.  We will arrive at The Abbey around noon and will then partake of a two course lunch in the Cellarium Café at The Abbey. 
    After lunch, we will commence our visit to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries – these boast a view which John Betjeman declared to be “the best view in Europe”.  High above the Abbey Floor, the Galleries in the beautiful 13th Century triforium display the Abbey’s greatest treasures and tell the story of its thousand-year history.
    There will be time for those so inclined to have a cup of tea/coffee in the Cellarium Café prior to attending Choral Evensong at 5p.m. which will be sung by Boys’ voices.
    The coach will collect us from The Abbey at approximately 6.30p.m. and we should be back at Guildford Cathedral about 7.30p.m.
    Until we have an idea of the number who may like to join this outing and we can determine the size of coach required, it is difficult to confirm an exact cost.  However, we anticipate that for the coach, two course lunch and entry to The Galleries, the cost will be in the region of £45 - £50 per person.  It would, therefore, assist our planning of this outing if you could indicate whether or not you may be interested in joining us by contacting Lisa Hatherall either by email:, telephone: 01483 547860 

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 547860