The Friends of Wymondham Abbey is a Registered Charity (No. 1064418) which provides a means by which people near and far can have a particular involvement in the life of the Abbey. The Friends assist in the enhancement of the fabric and furnishings as well as worship, helping to give the place purpose and meaning.
Members pay an annual subscription and receive a twice-yearly newsletter. Many attend the Friends Annual General Meeting and enjoy the regular events and activities that are organised during the course of the year. The minimum annual subscription is £10 for individuals, £15 for couples and a minimum of £25 for corporate members.
The Friends as a society was established in 1977; in 1997 it became a Registered Charity.
The Constitution of the Friends states the objects as: 'to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct to the benefit of the public the fabric of Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, its monuments, fixtures, fittings and furniture'.
The Council of Management consists consist of no more than seventeen members consisting of the Vicar (Chairman), the Churchwardens (ex officio), the Treasurer and Secretary and Members elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Friends. The Retired Abbey Architect, Mr Neil Birdsall, acts as Consultant to the Council.
The Friends provide a Sponsorship Scheme for the Floodlighting of the Abbey. To mark a family birthday, anniversary or special occasion, you can sponsor the Floodlighting of this historic Abbey church for only £15 an evening, from sunset. Download a form here.
Joint secretaries: Cherry & Ian Saunders
Email: email@example.com; Tel. 01953 529085
Hon. Treasurer: Robert Ayers
Email: Robert@ayersfamily.me.uk; Tel. 01953 602714
Vice Patrons: The Lord Bishop of Norwich
The Viscountess Knollys
Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market
The Dean of St Albans
Wymondham Town Mayor
Vicar and Chairman: Revd Catherine Relf-Pennington SSM
Trustees: The Vicar and Churchwardens