Friends of Southwell Cathedral

The Friends were formed in 1947 to provide funds to:

  • Preserve the Cathedral
  • Maintain daily worship of God
  • Conserve and enhance the furnishings and adornments

A message from the Dean of Southwell

As the mother church of Nottinghamshire, the Minster is both a lively centre of Christian worship for the diocese, and the parish Church of the smallest Cathedral town in England. It has stood here for nearly a thousand years and is part of our spiritual and national heritage.

In addition to regular worshippers, concert audiences, school parties and guests at civic occasions, many thousands of visitors from the four corners of the world come to experience the tranquillity and the architectural splendour of the Minster.

Many wish to offer some regular contribution to the ongoing and ever rising cost of maintenance. The Friends exist for just that purpose. Members of the Friends live in locations as far apart as Africa and the United States, in addition to every corner of Great Britain. They are people who wish to maintain a connection with the Minster in some tangible and helpful way.

For further information please view issues of our Pepperpots Newsletter below or contact the office on 01636 819281 or email: (do leave a voicemail message and we'll return your call)

View the Friends of Southwell Membership Form below.
Use the toolbar to move around the leaflet and to download a copy as a pdf, if you wish.

Friends of Southwell Cathedral leaflet


Canon Nigel Coates and Charlie Leggatt gave a ‘double act’ talk on their recent visit to Naumburg Cathedral Friends’ Festival 2018

On Saturday June 16th Friends gathered for the annual day of celebration and business. The day began with coffee in the Crossing, before Canon Nigel Coates and Charlie Leggatt gave a ‘double act’ talk on their recent visit to Naumburg Cathedral in east Germany, with excellent photographs showing the carvings which are remarkably similar to our own in the Chapter House. There is a tentative view that the master mason at Southwell served his apprenticeship in Germany.

In the afternoon the 71st Annual General Meeting took place in the State chamber, chaired by Dean Nicola and with Bishop Paul, as President, addressing members present. This was followed by tea.

The Festival concluded with Evensong, our preacher being the Right Reverend David Hawtin, former Archdeacon of Newark and retired Bishop of Repton.

We are delighted that Herr Holger Kunde, Director of Naumburg Cathedral, will be coming to speak at the 2019 Festival which takes place on Saturday 15th June.

Peter Day at Southwell Minster70th Anniversary Festival

On Saturday, 17th June 2017 the Friends celebrated their 70th anniversary with a full day of events. The morning lecture was given by Peter Day, entitled 'From our Ex-Correspondent'. Peter for many years broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service – The World Tonight, the Today programme, and as the BBC's Business Correspondent the radio programme In Business which has run for nearly 30 years.

Peter was born in Lincolnshire and he has retained a particular interest in the East Midlands. His talk, drew on his experience and insights into this part of England's history and cultural heritage.

Pepperpots: The Newsletter of the Friends of Southwell Cathedral



View and download back issies of the Pepperpots newsletter