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Ely Cathedral



The generosity of individual Friends by subscription, donation and legacy provides money for many gifts which enhance our beautiful and special Cathedral. New members are always welcome.

In recent years The Friends of Ely Cathedral have paid for the re-ordered Lady Chapel altar and reredos, Cathedral donation boxes, TV screens and camera, 'The Way of Life' sculpture, CCTV upgrade, new choir stall cushions, altar frontal chest, additional chairs, installation of Octagon floodlighting, restoration of an antique altar frontal, renovation of the Processional Way Toilets, the upgrade of the Cathedral website, provision of the new Cathedral kitchen and the development of the Ely Cathedral App. Current projects include the on-going restoration of the monuments.

Members receive:

  • A Friends' Entry Pass which allows unlimited free access to the Cathedral and uniquely, to the Stained Glass Museum in the South Triforium
  • The Friends' Yearbook which is sent to all Friends each January
  • An invitation to The Friends' Festival Day and AGM, held in September each year
  • Regular newsletters & invitations to social events, talks and outings

Membership Fees

We encourage people to Gift Aid their subscriptions and to pay by Standing Order where possible.

The following are the minimum fees for 2017

Annual Membership (Single) £15
Annual Membership (Joint) £25
Life Membership (Single) £200
Life Membership (Joint) £350
Corporate Membership (eg PCC) £20

How to enrol as a Friend

Follow this link to download the Friends' Membership Form and return the completed form to Sue Hunting at the address below.


Summer 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
Summer 2016 Newsletter
January 2016 Newsletter
Summer 2015 Newsletter
January 2015 Newsletter
Summer 2014 Newsletter
February 2014 Newsletter
Summer 2013 Newsletter
January 2013 Newsletter
Summer 2012 Newsletter
January 2012 Newsletter
Summer 2011 Newsletter
January 2011 Newsletter
Summer 2010 Newsletter


Friends of Ely Cathedral Constitution 2014


2016 Accounts
2015 CIO Accounts
2015 Accounts
2014 Accounts
2013 Accounts
2012 Accounts
2011 Accounts
2010 Accounts

Forthcoming Events 2017

Saturday 23 September: Friends' Festival Day 2017: Speaker Prof David Jacques
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October: National Conference of The Friends of Cathedrals, Abbeys and Greater Churches (to be held in Ely Cathedral)
Wednesday 8 November: Friends' Quiz and Social Evening
Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 November: Friends' Stall at Cathedral Christmas Fair
Monday 27 November: 'Star of Bethlehem' Launch Evening

Friends Merchandise

Friends Notecards are still available. These quality blank cards feature a colourful photograph of the Cathedral, taken from the Bishop's Garden are still available from the Friends Office, or the Cathedral Shop, at £3 for 5. View here.

Friends Canvas Bag

This quality canvas bag is exclusive to The Friends of Ely Cathedral and at just £6 makes an ideal present. Bags measure 15" x 17" and have navy handles, gussets and an image of the Octagon on the front. They can be bought or ordered from the Friends' Office in the Chapter House. View here.

Christmas Card

The 2016 Friends' Christmas Card ''Ely Cathedral on a frosty morning'. Photograph kindly provided by Graham Diss.
The 2015 Friends' Christmas Card 'Ely Cathedral in the snow, viewed from the East' are still available.

The greeting inside all reads "With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year". Cards available at £5 for a pack of 10 from the Friends Office.

If you have any queries or would like any further information about The Friends of Ely Cathedral please contact:

Mrs S. M. Hunting
The Friends' Officer,
The Chapter House,
The College,
Cambs CB7 4DL.
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01353 660348


Registered Charity No: 1157705
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