Friends of the Cathedral

The society was founded to associate its members with the devotional life of the Cathedral: to assist the Dean and Canons with funds to preserve the fabric of the Cathedral and precincts; to help enrich the ornaments and furnishings of the Cathedral.

The Friends of Manchester Cathedral are scattered throughout the country. From a nucleus of those living in the Greater Manchester area, a Council is elected and joins with the Dean and other Office Bearers in organising the social calendar of the Friends and planning 'projects' that they choose to support. This often takes the form of raising substantial amounts of capital, and over recent years has included the purchase of:

  • The Five West Windows: The St George Window (1973), The St Denys Window (1976), The St Mary Window (1980), The Creation Window (1991), The Revelation Window (1995)
  • All modern stained glass by Antony Hollaway
  • An Oak Table for the Chapter House
  • Copes and Stoles
  • Cushions and many more invaluable items.

Council members are elected for a period of three years and then they must retire. They are eligible for re-election after a year has elapsed.

The Friends of the Cathedral come from all areas of Cathedral life; some are guides, others are on the flower rota, and more still help to 'man' the exhibitions and steward large events.

We keep our all members of the Friends up-to-date by sending out two mailings per year.


Membership of the Friends is variable.

  • Individual - £15 minimum (which barely covers admin cost)
  • Family/Household - £25
  • Corporate - On application (Schools, Parishes, Business concerns, etc.)

Any amount given in excess will be greatly appreciated and classed as a donation. 
Cheques and POs payable to Friends of Manchester Cathedral or use a Banker's Order.

Social Events

Spring Outing - usually takes place in May to a Cathedral City 
Autumn Festival – with speaker and buffet meal in the Visitor Centre 
Christmas Luncheon – in December in the Visitor Centre 
The Friends Annual General Meeting – takes place in July when members attend Evensong and enjoy a buffet tea together.