Become a Friend

Becoming a Friend is not just about conserving a beautiful old building – it’s about joining a community that exists to support the Cathedral and forge links among those who love it. It costs as little as £15 to join – and you’ll be making a huge contribution to preserving this precious place for the future.

Our History

Established in 1931 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

Why join us?

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

  • Free access to the Cathedral
  • Priority booking for the Community Carol Service
  • A copy of the annual Cathedral Record and regular newsletters
  • Attendance at the Friends’ Festival every July

For a full list of Cathedral events, including the Friends activity programme, please see our what’s on pages.

How to join?

Membership costs as little as £15 per person.

For more information and to join please download our membership form, email Lesley Bestwick, Director of the Friends, or call her 01962 857 244.

Signing a Gift Aid declaration enables us to reclaim tax if you are a UK tax payer.

Friends’ Window Appeal

As part of the Cathedral Trust Appeal, the Friends have agreed to raise £800,000 towards the cost of the restoration of the medieval windows in the cathedral presbytery

Find out more about the Appeal.


Find out more

Get in touch
Email Lesley Bestwick, Director of the Friends, or call her on 01962 857244

Download our Friends of Winchester Cathedral leaflet
Includes more information and an application form

Discover Winchester Cathedral Resources List (PDF)
Includes a full list of Cathedral history and heritage booklets published by the Friends

Visit our online shop
A wealth of specialist history, art and architecture titles