An Update From the Cathedral Friends

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support for the Cathedral Friends. We would like to bring you up to date with the latest news from the Cathedral and the Friends, including how we have been able to continue to actively contribute towards the ongoing work of the Cathedral.

I hope that you and yours are well and that your 2022 has begun well.

I am very pleased to be able to report that the Friends have now fully emerged from the constraints and hardships of the pandemic with a renewed determination to serve the membership and the Cathedral.

With that, our newly-formed Events Committee, very ably led by Brian David, have been busy pulling together an excellent schedule of events for the year. The first post-pandemic event was the Friends’ Advent Concert held on 10th December 2021 where the brilliant Otter Consort Choir from Chichester University sang to a sell-out audience in Vicars Hall. We have also welcomed the return of the Book at Breakfast with the first one being led by The Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock. We were sad, due to COVID concerns, to have been forced to cancel the Epiphany lunch which was scheduled in January but are hopeful that this will make a comeback in the form of a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Lunch in May. And we are delighted to announce that the Friends’ monthly coffee mornings are back. These are held on the first Saturday of each month in the South Transept from 10.00am to 11.30am and the first one will be Saturday 2nd April 2022. No need to book, just pop in and they are free.

After two years of not being able to hold one, I am very pleased to tell you that on Thursday, 16th June 2022 we will be holding the Friends’ Festival Day and Annual General Meeting. The day will start off with a Friends’ Eucharist service in the Lady Chapel at noon followed by a lunch, the AGM, a guest speaker, all to be finished off with a tea at 4 Canon Lane. For all information on Friends’ events please visit the Friends pages on the Cathedral’s website or watch out for announcements in the Sunday service news sheets.

The most tangible and visible way in which Friends support the Cathedral is through our project funding and we should all take pride in the grants that we continue to make to the Dean and Chapter. Our large range of projects include the new Database, a Cathedral Lighting study, £2,000 per year to continue funding the Cathedral flowers, £11,000+ per year to fund a Chorister, a sizeable portion of the costs of the new Toilet block and the funding to remove the raised platform surrounding the Cathedral font. In the meantime, the Trustees and I will continue to offer support to the Cathedral in whatever way we can and we thank you sincerely for your continued help and support.

I do very much hope to see you in person at the upcoming Friends’ events. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about the Friends, please do get in touch with me via email or write to me at Chichester Cathedral Friends, The Royal Chantry Offices, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester PO19 1PX.

I send you all my very best wishes for the coming year.

Howard Castle-Smith, Honorary Secretary

Chichester Cathedral Friends

February 2022