We exist to support the life and work of the Cathedral with funds which come from subscriptions, gifts and legacies. We’re an independent charity, but grants are made in consultation with the Chapter through the Dean who is one of the Trustees. We have a reserve of past gifts and legacies but the needs are increasing all the time, leaving us more and more dependent on current income. Our formal Constitution is available to read here.
But the Friends are also a community and part of the wider community of the Cathedral. Our social events include lunches, evening social events, lectures and trips. The ‘Friends Lunches’ are a chance to meet other members and listen to a short talk from a guest speaker. Evening events are more varied: often there is a speaker, and there are refreshments and more opportunities to meet and mingle. There are one or two trips each year. Sometimes we visit another cathedral and are welcomed by their friends organisation. On our popular yearly ‘church crawl’ we visit half a dozen churches of architectural interest in Worcestershire or the neighbouring counties. These are led by Tim Bridges, the author of Churches of Worcestershire and a consultant on church restoration.
A special afternoon is that of the AGM in the autumn. Once the business is done we usually have a speaker, and in recent years have been invited to tea at the Deanery before evensong.
Several of our members are also among the volunteers doing various jobs at the Cathedral: for example as guides, welcomers, bell-ringers, embroiderers or members of the Voluntary Choir. We are working to strengthen the links between the Friends and the different volunteer groups.
Want to support us?
Visit the membership page where you will be able to find out how to join the Friends organisation. You will also find out what benefits you will receive as a member.