The Friends of Southwark Cathedral
Patron: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex
President: The Bishop of Southwark
Chair: Mrs Sarah King
Christmas Market - 2-4 December 2016
Our Christmas Market is a unique opportunity to find some special gifts. Spend time in the marquee discovering handmade delights at a wide variety of stalls. Enjoy a home-made glass of mulled wine or cider or a cup of warming hot chocolate as you relax in the Christmas snug where festive movies will be played on a large screen. Out in the churchyard you will find a live nativity scene with donkeys and sheep. More opportunities to warm up with mulled wine and mince pies, coffee or hot chocolate.
Who are the Friends?
The Friends are people who wish to express friendship for Southwark Cathedral through formal association.
- Friends are part of a wide network of people who have the welfare of the Cathedral at heart;
- Friends can live far away and feel part of Southwark traditions, vital to many lives in the past and an inspiration for the future;
- Friends enjoy social events; take part in voluntary activities and contribute to the life and work of the Cathedral and Parish Church;
- Friends offer friendship to one another and support the mission of the Cathedral to the whole community.
Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic building in London and a superb example of medieval architecture. It is a place where countless generations have prayed and worshipped and which has witnessed much of English history. It has welcomed some of our greatest poets and dramatists. Having survived many disasters, it remains a building of beauty and dignity in this historic but fast-changing neighbourhood.
The Friends exists to support the Cathedral financially and in 2007 made a substantial grant towards the cost of a vital new fire detection system above the Nave. The Friends has also made grants to enable the Choirs to undertake overseas singing engagements.
Why join the Friends?
- Because you used to worship at the Cathedral but have now moved away from the area;
- Because you were married, baptised, confirmed at the Cathedral;
- Because you attended a Memorial Service, a Funeral, a Wedding or one of the numerous other beautiful Services during the year;
- Because you attended one of the Cathedral Schools or sang in one of the Choirs;
- Because you appreciate the Cathedral
- as a beautiful and historic building;
- as a place that hosts many concerts, dramatic productions and exhibitions;
- for the welcome it gives to tourists from many countries, city workers and casual visitors seeking an opportunity to be quiet;
- as the forum for many discussions and meetings.
- Because you want to make your personal contribution in money and/or service such as helping with the Christmas Market, book sales and other events;
- Because you want to belong to the Cathedral as you could in no other way.
What will you receive?
- A regular Newsletter with details of future events and services;
- Invitations to a busy and varied programme of social events at or near the Cathedral.
How to become a Friend
The Secretary of the Friends of Southwark Cathedral
Tel: 020 7367 6724
Fax: 020 7367 6725
There is a minimum annual subscription of £15.