Could You be a Friend of Your Cathedral?

by Gerry Lynch last modified 06 Mar, 2014 09:48 AM

Friends of our historic diocesan Cathedral seek members and volunteers.

Could You be a Friend of Your Cathedral?

Photo credit: Gerry Lynch.

Salisbury is a well-known landmark in the Southern England, and if cathedrals went in for league tables it would score very highly, with the tallest spire - visible for miles in almost every direction - the oldest and largest cloisters, the oldest clock and one of only four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta.  Situated in the beautiful and peaceful Close, it was built to inspire and reflect God’s glory, and while it is usually a place of quiet prayer and reflection, it comes alive when hundreds of people in choir and congregation raise their voices in our great Christian services.

The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral was started in 1930 to support the Dean and Chapter in maintaining, preserving and enhancing Salisbury Cathedral and it now has over 3,000 members all over the world.  In its time it has provided funds for stonemasons’ wages, new lighting, clock repairs, choir bursaries, and altar frontal repairs, to name but a few from a long, long list.

The most recent project has been the provision of storage areas and WCs in a new building neatly fitted into a corner between the Chapter House and the South Transept (known as Little Paradise – so suitable for a ‘comfort station’!) Architect Michael Drury has used existing doorways for access to the Cloisters, but otherwise has not breached the integrity of the old walls at all. The building was completed and opened in November 2013 so now we no longer have to run across to the Portaloos in the rain, and it’s a shorter walk from the cathedral or restaurant as well; however, there is still a lot of money to be raised for the project, which the Friends hope will come through donations and pledges as the result of their Appeal.

Future projects include the continuation of a regular annual sum of for flowers in the Cathedral (£2,000) and the reordering of St Michael’s Chapel to provide a more welcoming environment, together with more privacy for spiritual direction and private prayer.

The Friends are always looking for new members and new volunteers. Friends receive two newsletters every year as well as an annual report, and are always assured of an especially warm welcome at the Cathedral if they wear their member’s badge!

If you would like to join The Friends and help preserve this wonderful building, contact:

The Friends Office, 52 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EL.
Telephone 01722 335161 or 01722 555190, or e-mail friends@salcath.co.uk

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