Friends of Chester Cathedral

The Society of Friends of Chester Cathedral was founded by Dean Frank Selwyn Bennett in 1930. Membership is thriving and the society currently has about 850 members from all over the world. 

The Friends support development across the entire cathedral and have assisted in the areas of worship and music.  They have also provided funds for the maintenance of the fabric and the furniture of this most beautiful and inspiring building.

The Friends hold a very successful Plant Sale each year in early May. There are also a number of social events during the year as well as a very popular overnight trip, usually in September. Two newsletters are published annually, which keep members up to date with the latest developments and news. The Annual General Meeting is held in June and all members are invited to attend.

The benefits of Friends' membership include:

  • 10% discount in The Refectory and The Gift Shop on production of a Friends' membership card
  • Newsletter twice a year
  • Summer outing and Autumn overnight trip
  • Annual lecture
  • Social events
  • Annual plant sale

Membership subscription for the Friends is very modest:

£15.00 per annum for an individual member
£20.00 per annum for a couple or a family membership
£25.00 per annum for corporate membership (PCCs and businesses)

You too can play your part and help in the continuing life of this great English cathedral church.

If you would like to become a Friend of Chester Cathedral please contact the Secretary:
Friends Secretary, 1
2 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU
Tel: 01244 500958 or Email:

PLease click HERE for a membership form.  Just print the form off, complete it and return to 12 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of flowers in the cathedral or in memory of a particular person or special event, please click here. Please print off the form and return it to the address shown.

Friends Newsletters
Please click on the date to view the relevant newsletter:

2006 January
2006 June

2007 January
2007 June

2008 January
2008 June

2009 January
2009 June

2010 January
2010 June

2011 January
2011 June

2012 January
2012 June

2013 January

2013 April Annual Report





Support Us

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There are many ways to support the Cathedral from donations through to buying a gift or simply enjoying a coffee in the Refectory. We welcome your support in whatever form it takes.

Refectory Cafe


The Refectory, built in the 13th century, was the dining hall for the 40 monks who belonged to the community at the time. The Refectory is open from 9:30 - 4:30 and a delicious lunch menu, fabulous cakes and free Wi-Fi!


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Online Shop

The Shop provides a full range of souvenirs, books, gifts, cards, CDs and jewellery, some unique to Chester Cathedral;  it's even possible to buy postage stamps!

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Chester Cathedral needs your help! We receive no financial subsidy from government and therefore rely on kind donations and the support of people like you. The Just Giving site is just one way to help.

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