The Friends of Dorchester Abbey

New-RoundelThe Friends are a charity (no 275819) founded in 1959 to support Dorchester Abbey  with almost 250 members resident from Dorchester to Seattle!
The purpose of the Friends is to raise funds for the conservation and repair of the fabric of the Abbey, the beautification of its fittings, and the improvement of its facilities. This is done through membership subscriptions, donations, legacies and special events and appeals. The Trustees are responsible for the investments of the Friends, passing funds when necessary to the Parochial Church Council, the body responsible for all works in the Abbey.

In the last year alone we have raised £300,000 for the Abbey roof and given grants of over £100,000 for other projects.

Become a Friend

As a Friend you are entitled to:

  • regular updates on Abbey events such as The Dorchester Festival, concerts and craft fairs
  • an annual AGM and Friends Supper
  • invitations to events organised by the Friends such as the annual Dorchester Lecture
  • progress reports on proposed and ongoing works in the Abbey
  • annual outings to other ecclesiastical or historic buildings, often with special Friends access and tours

Your membership subscription is not fixed, with a minimum donation of £20 per person per annum.  Life membership is also available for a payment of not less than £300 per person or £500 per couple.  As your membership constitutes a donation, we ask all tax payers to complete a gift aid form to allow us to claim back a tax refund. You can download a membership, gift aid and standing order form here and post it to our Treasurer:
Treasurer of the Friends of Dorchester Abbey
4 Boughton’s Mill
St Mary’s St
Wallingford
OX10 OET

Get in Touch

Please do email our membership secretary, Honor Juniper, or call her on 01865 343228

The Friends of Dorchester Abbey

Honorary President, ex officio: the Bishop of Dorchester (Bishop Colin)
Honorary Vice President: Christopher Gibbs

Trustees and Officers
Chairman: Mr. Richard Dick
Vice Chairman: Mr. John Taylor
Hon. Secretary: Mrs. Hilary Warburton
Hon. Treasurer: Mrs Christine Dawson
Hon. Membership Secretary: Mrs Honor Juniper

Nominative Trustees
Sir Hugo Brunner
Mrs Stephanie Forman
Mrs. Tanya Hawley
Mrs Honor Juniper
Mrs Judy Macfadyen
Dr David Parker
Mrs. Ingrid Lunt
Mrs. Mary Saunders

Ex-Officio Trustee
Rector: Rev Canon Sue Booys
Churchwardens:
Dr. Tim Cook
Mrs. Rebecca Slingsby

Dorchester Abbey is a special place in the heart of Oxfordshire steeped with hundreds of years of history.  It has seen significant historical events and heard prayers from royalty to the generations of parishioners who have been christened, married and remembered between these walls.

Keeping this Abbey safe and relevant for future generations is a significant undertaking which requires all our support.  Please do join me as a Friend of Dorchester Abbey.

Richard Dick, Chairman of the Trustees

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