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A Registered Charity no: 1013676

Aims and Objectives

The Friends was inaugurated in 1930, in the words of their founder, Bishop Bevan, in order 'to bring together in a common fellowship of loyalty and devotion all those who care for the ancient Cathedral Church of Brecon and who desire to take some part in maintaining its Fabric and Services.'

The first Friend was Miss Gwenllian Morgan, MA, FSA, JP (1852-1939), who was an authority on the church and whose popular guidebook went through fourteen editions after its first publication in 1903. Miss Morgan, as Mayor or Brecon during 1910-11, was the first lady in the Principality to hold such office.

Cathedral music receives a substantial grant each year, and over the years the Friends have approved numerous grants towards the repair, maintenance and fabric of the Cathedral.

 

Projects recently financed by the Friends

The replacement of a park bench in the Meadow adjacent to the Cathedral within the Cathedral Close. This 'Holbourne' bench was recommissioned and secured wholly with Friends finances.

New Choir Stalls for the Song Room, to replace the old stalls which the choir had outgrown, and which were in any case beyond repair.

The Friends also pay travelling expenses for Lay Clerks who live some distance from Brecon, thus enabling their regular attendance at choir practices and services each week in addition to concerts and other events.

The Assistant Organist's salary has been partly funded for a number of years by the generosity of the Friends. In this way they are directly supporting the life and work of our Cathedral and its glorious music.

Projects in consideration include:

  • Building a kitchen and modernising the toilet facilities in the Cathedral
  • The marketing costs for the development of an updated Cathedral (and Friends) website
  • Outside lights around the Cathedral building
  • A counter machine to record visitors to the Cathedral
  • Help with repairs to the roof
  • The resurrection of recently discovered stained glass of Saint John The Evangelist

 

Cassocks and Surplices were provided for all Choir members.

Cassocks and Surplices were provided for all Choir members.

Cassocks and Surplices were provided for all Choir members.

Joining the Friends

As a Friend of Brecon Cathedral you will, through your membership donation, be directly supporting the work and life of the Cathedral.

Friends enjoy volunteering in many and varied practical ways in specific events and concerts and some in the day-to-day running of the Cathedral as a Welcomer. Some Friends are also gardeners, some work in the Cathedral Shop, some as florists, some in administration – all are welcome! Near or far your contribution be it financial or practical is always welcomed.

The Friends are invited on an annual outing which is usually to places of worship and interest – often combined with some shopping for those who are interested! In 2012 the Friends went on pilgrimage to Northumbria; in 2011 they went to Gloucester Cathedral and city; in 2010 the Friends visited Bath and Bath Abbey with its many sights; in 2009 they visited St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire and stopped off at St Non's Chapel overlooking the sea.

The Friends are sent an annual report which gives all the information of the previous year, the accounts, reports and members listing. There is an Annual General Meeting held in the Cathedral in June with tea and a guest speaker and a special Evensong for the Friends.

Many of the Friends take a very active part in the daily life of the Cathedral. Many support from a distance (perhaps having lived in Brecon and then moved away or abroad) but all are greatly valued.

 

Membership

Terms of Membership: Minimum Annual Subscription: £10.00

Gift Aid Subscription: The Friends can recover tax on subscriptions under the Gift Aid Scheme.

Life Membership: £200 (£250 for a married couple), which can also be arranged under the Gift Aid Scheme.

Junior Membership: Children's names can be recorded in the Annual Report (and at the appropriate time removed there from), as subscribing parents direct.

Corporate Membership: The Treasurer will be pleased to advise any other body or organization wishing to enter into this form of membership.

 

Please contact: Ms Karen Sheibe, the Cathedral Friends Secretary, at the Cathedral Office for further details of membership and subscriptions.

If you wish to complete an application form now to join The Friends you may print from the page below.

FRIENDS OF BRECON CATHEDRAL (PDF)
www.breconcathedral.org.uk