Chelmsford Cathedral
Friends of Chelmsford Cathedral

Chelmsford Cathedral is home to a thriving worshipping community at the heart of the city and the diocese.  It is the seat of the Bishop of Chelmsford and serves the churches and communities of Essex and East London.

The Cathedral is the only Grade 1 listed building in the city, and is a fascinating fusion of architectural styles from the 14th to the 21st century.  It is a genuinely beautiful space, attracting over 100,000 visitors and worshippers each year.  The Cathedral is open every day of the year, and used daily for worship, as well as for concerts, conferences and a wide range of cultural, educational and community activities.

Who are the Friends?

The Friends were founded in 1939 and exist today to assist in caring for the Cathedral, safeguarding it for future generations. They are committed to:

*         Praying for the Ministry and Mission of the Cathedral

*        Maintaining the Cathedral as a place of beauty and a source of inspiration  to   members  of   the   congregation,  people  of   the Diocese, visitors, and City residents. Over the years, the Friends have financed many major projects to beautify the Cathedral

*         Providing practical and financial aid in all the Cathedral activities

The Friends hold a Winter Festival in January and an Autumn Festival in September (the AGM) each with a speaker and refreshments, and concluding with Choral Evensong. Other outings, visits and activities are organised from time to time.


(Right: Novelette speaking at a recent Friends festival)

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