Friends of the Cathedral

Friends committee membersWho are the Friends?

The Friends of Christ Church Cathedral love, support and pray for the Cathedral and its work. Members include those who have a deep affection for the House and/or the Cathedral. They may live locally within the Diocese of Oxford, elsewhere in the UK or overseas. Many members of the clergy join the Friends because they were ordained in the Cathedral. Some are volunteers, and others ex-choristers or their families.

What do the Friends do?

The Friends raise funds to support the maintenance, restoration, repair, conservation and beautification of the Cathedral. In recent years our support has helped:

•    Restoration of the St Frideswide Shrine
•    Lighting and sound systems
•    Installation of the glass doors
•    New seating for the Crossings and aisles
•    Recording projects for the Cathedral Choir
•    Support of choristers
•    Renovation of the West End of the Cathedral

The Friends work to draw the Diocese and Cathedral more closely together, widening awareness of the Cathedral’s presence and contributing to its ministry and mission.

Why join the Friends?

Friends enjoy:
•    A Membership pass to Christ Church Cathedral
•    A Spring Newsletter and an Annual Report
•    A programme of outings and activities including a summer garden party in Christ Church and a dedicated Friends’ Christmas Carol Service followed by supper in Hall.
•    Admission without charge to the Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Erica KendallErica Kendall
Secretary, Friends of Christ Church Cathedral
Priory Room Office, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP
Phone: 01865 286003
friendscccathedral@gmail.com

You will be warmly welcomed as a Friend. If you are already a member, perhaps you might invite someone else to join, or take out a membership as a gift?

Friends of Christ Church Cathedral

News

2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL 11 June 2022

AGM Minutes

Schedule of Members of Friends Council

Hon Secretary's Report

Hon Treasurer's Report and Accounts

Hon Membership Secretary's Report 

Events

Thursday 17th November 2022

 Visit to Burford Parish Church. An hour’s guided tour of this historic church, including tea and cake. The visit will run from 10.30am to 12pm. £15 for Friends, £17 for Guests.

Monday 19th December 2022

Friends’ Carol Service 6pm (no tickets or payment required).

7.30pm Christmas Dinner in Hall. £40 for Friends, £43 for Guests.

Friday 27th January 2023 - SOLD OUT

Guided visit to Christ Church Upper Library with display of bibles, psalters and Cardinal Wolsey’s epistle-lectionary, followed by cream tea in the McKenna Room. 2pm for 2.15pm start, ending 4pm. £12 for Friends, £15 for Guests.

Thursday 23rd February 2023 - SOLD OUT

Tour of the Cathedral’s stained glass followed by tea and cake in the McKenna Room. 1025am to 12.30pm. £12 for Friends, £15 for Guests.

Sponsor a chair

The Friends of Christ Church Cathedral have purchased 400 Howe chairs to replace the unstackable wooden chairs and uncomfortable and aged yellow plastic seats bought decades ago. We hope now to recover some of that cost by inviting sponsorship.

Each chair sponsored will bear an aluminium plaque inscribed with a name: your own name, the name of someone you wish to commemorate, or the name of a church or parish, club, school, or other organisation. The cost of naming a chair has been set at £125 per chair (actual cost: £171). If you would like to support the project but can only donate a small amount, this will still be welcome.

For more information download our Sponsor a Chair leaflet.

Membership

There is a range of memberships for individuals, couples and parishes on offer. Please see the membership application form. If you would prefer a hard copy or would like any further information about the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, please contact the Hon. Secretary.  

Privacy

FRIENDS OF CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL PRIVACY NOTICE

Your Personal Data – what is it?  Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from the data. Identification can be by information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679 [the GDPR].

Who are we? The Council of the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral is the data controller, and is responsible for how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

How do we process your personal data? The Friends Council complies with its obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date, by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure, and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

Data processed by the Friends Council in relation to the members: Names – Addresses- Email Addresses - Telephone numbers - Bank details when supplied for standing orders. We use the data to administer your membership of the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral which includes being able to send twice yearly mailing to members. The legal basis for processing the data is for the legitimate interest of your membership. Your personal data is treated as strictly confidential, and will only be shared with the Friends Council and administration volunteers. Your express permission will be sought in the unlikely case that Council wishes to share your data with any other party or to use it for any new purpose. We keep the personal data active for the length of your membership in order to operate your membership, and archive details thereafter.

Your rights and your personal data: Unless subject to an exemption order [under GDPR] you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: The right to request a copy of any data held by the Friends Council about you The right to request correction of any inaccurate or out-of-date data The right to request that your personal data is erased when it is no longer necessary for the Friends to retain such data The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy of processing your personal data, to request that a restriction is placed on further processing The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commisioner’s Office

Contact detail: To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints, please in the first instance contact the Membership Secretary, Friends of Christ Church Cathedral

Membership data (names, addresses and subscription records) are now being stored on a PC within the Christ Church firewall. There are no changes to the management of data by the Honorary Membership Secretary except that it will now be more secure and processed more tightly in line with Data Protection legislation. If you have any queries, please contact the Membership Secretary, Glynis Baguley, the first instance, or Christ Church’s Data Protection Compliance Manager, Judith Curthoys.