Friends of the Cathedral

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of Christ Church Cathedral love, support and pray for the Cathedral and its work. Members include those who have a deep affection for the House and/or the Cathedral. They may live locally within the Diocese of Oxford, elsewhere in the UK or overseas. Many members of the clergy join the Friends because they were ordained in the Cathedral. Some are volunteers, and others ex-choristers or their families.

What do the Friends do?

The Friends raise funds to support the maintenance, restoration, repair, conservation and beautification of the Cathedral. In recent years our support has helped:

•    Restoration of the St Frideswide Shrine
•    Lighting and sound systems
•    Installation of the glass doors
•    New seating for the Crossings and aisles
•    Recording projects for the Cathedral Choir
•    Support of choristers
•    Renovation of the West End of the Cathedral

The Friends work to draw the Diocese and Cathedral more closely together, widening awareness of the Cathedral’s presence and contributing to its ministry and mission.

Sponsor a Chair Campaign

The Friends of Christ Church Cathedral have purchased 400 Howe chairs to replace the unstackable wooden chairs and uncomfortable and aged yellow plastic seats bought decades ago. We hope now to recover some of that cost by inviting sponsorship.

Each chair sponsored will bear an aluminium plaque inscribed with a name: your own name, the name of someone you wish to commemorate, or the name of a church or parish, club, school, or other organisation. The cost of naming a chair has been set at £125 per chair (actual cost: £171). If you would like to support the project but can only donate a small amount, this will still be welcome.

For more information download our Sponsor a Chair leaflet.

Our events

We run an annual programme of outings and activiities for Friends. 

Why join the Friends?

Friends enjoy:
•    A Membership pass to Christ Church Cathedral
•    10 per cent discount on purchases from the Chapter House Shop
•    A Spring Newsletter and an Annual Report
•    A programme of outings and activities including a summer garden party in Christ Church and a dedicated Friends’ Christmas Carol Service followed by supper in Hall.
•    Admission without charge to the Christ Church Picture Gallery  

How do I join?

There is a range of memberships for individuals, couples and parishes on offer. Please see the membership application form. If you would prefer a hard copy or would like any further information about the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, please contact the Hon. Secretary.  

Elizabeth Harrison
Hon. Secretary, Friends of Christ Church Cathedral
Priory Room Office, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP
Phone: 01865 791726 and Mobile 07711 294871
cathedralfriends@btconnect.com

You will be warmly welcomed as a Friend. If you are already a member, perhaps you might invite someone else to join, or take out a membership as a gift?

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