Friends of The Salisbury Cathedral

Friends of Salisbury Cathedral


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The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral - Events - 2018

Regd Charity Number 243439

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The Friends have a busy events programme to engage members and non-members alike, including outings and a holiday, as well as various events within the Cathedral and Close to which all are very welcome. Any small profit made goes towards our funds to support Salisbury Cathedral. We have tickets for most events which are bookable in advance or can be bought on the door – but please check with the office beforehand, just in case we are sold out!!

Friday 19th October 2018
Coach Outing to Douai Abbey, Library, Archives & Church, Upper Woolhampton, Reading

The library and archives building was opened in 2010 by Rowan Williams and houses over 100,000 books. It includes a number of specialist collections, medieval manuscripts, early printed books and works by recusant Catholics. The archive has artefacts and documents dating back to the 17th century and now houses the library once in the care of our own Benedictine monks here in Salisbury.

The Abbey itself is part of the English Benedictine Congregation dating from 1215 making it the oldest of the 21 congregations that together form the Benedictine Confederation, which equates to what is loosely termed the Order of Benedict. After the suppression of the monasteries in England, English monks pursued their vocation on the Continent but in 1607 the ancient foundation was re-formed. At present there are 13 independent monasteries, 10 of monks and 3 of nuns, all living by the Rule of Benedict, which dates from the 6th century. The very first word in the Rule is “Listen”, and listening is the mark of a monk’s life. The Benedictines are renowned for their hospitality, so we will have coffee/tea and homemade biscuits on arrival, a guided tour and talk in the library, and a tour of the church followed by the short midday office. Then we will have Lunch which includes home grown produce, and conclude with some
free time to enjoy the grounds before returning to Salisbury.

Departure Salisbury Coach Station 8.45am

Depart Douai Abbey 2.30pm

Cost per person: £35 includes entrance, coach and refreshments

Tuesday 6th November 2018
Cosy Coffee Morning at the Bell Tower Tearooms - 10am - 12noon

All welcome – please come and join us for a morning social
with coffee and cake and bring a friend along - no tickets required

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 15th September - Friends’ Day & AGM


How to buy tickets for Friends Events

Apply by post using the booking form (payment by cheque or card)

Telephone the Friends’ Office on 01722 335161 or email:

Call in to the Friends’ Office – we are open Tuesday to Friday 9.30 – 1.00 pm.

Some events are payable on the door on the door, subject to availability but please check first.

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