Friends of Gloucester Cathedral

Friends of Gloucester Cathedral logoWe are the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, the Cathedral's best friend and principal partner

The Friends invite everyone who cares for this place to join us, and help us support it into the future
From just £20 a year you can make new friends, enjoy lectures, parties and other events, visit other churches and other places of interest.

We are a diverse group with over a thousand members, of all ages and backgrounds, including those of faith and those with none. The one thing we have in common is that we care about Gloucester Cathedral, and choose to show our support by becoming a Friend.

A letter to Friends regarding the impact of Coronavirus on our activities

Dear Friend

You will undoubtedly be aware of the impact the corona virus is having and the guidance from the government to try to minimise the impact of this pandemic.  We hope you are able to stay safe and would like to inform you of the measures the Friends are taking to try to assist with this.

 The Friends’ office is now closed to visitors until further notice.

 The following events have been postponed:-

We hope to reschedule all these events later in the year and will be in touch as soon as we can with alternative dates and information about changing/returning tickets. 

We have cancelled the Summer Party at Highnam Court – a Summer Party has to be held in the summer!

As you will be aware, we have a new website and we will be updating this on a regular basis.  Keep your eye open for information – and we hope to loading more articles and photographs soon.

We will try to keep you informed on a regular basis as to what is happening. We would also be happy to hear from you.  We are aware that this is going to be a difficult, and possibly lonely time for some of our members and we would like to offer support, where that is possible.  We are hoping to be able to offer opportunities to speak to other members of the Friends to chat and exchange information.  If you would like to participate, please contact Claire Saunders, the office administrator, preferably by email.  It may take time to respond to telephone messages.

The clergy in the Cathedral will be praying for the Friends, please let them or Rob Ingram (via the office) know if there is any special need for their prayers.

The Dean has asked for this message to be sent to the Friends.

Dean Stephen writes; Dear Friends, These are challenging times. In due course I hope to write to you with regular updates of how Your Cathedral is faring. Now, in the midst of a fast developing situation, I need to tell you that as part of the Church of England response, all public worship in the cathedral has ceased. The clergy will continue to offer to God daily prayer. Outside of that, the cathedral will remain open between 10-5 for as long as possible, for private prayer and reflection. You are welcome to come in (but please be sensible about social distancing). The Archbishops have invited everyone to take part in a time of National Prayer this Sunday at 7pm. If you wish to, please join with me in lighting a candle in your home and placing it in the window. The Light of Christ must shine upon us all at this time. Whilst the cathedral will be operating differently now, the cathedral operation will continue function so please do be in touch if we can be of any help. I can be reached on dean@gloucestercathedral.org.uk or 01452 524167. Thank you for being our Friends.

With all good wishes
Margaret Austen
Chairlady, Friends of Gloucester Cathedral


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