The Friends of Wymondham Abbey
Registered Charity No. 1064418
Vice Patrons: The Lord Bishop of Norwich
The Viscountess Knollys
Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market
The Dean of St Albans
The Wymondham Town Mayor
Vicar and Chairman: The Revd Canon Christopher Davies
Trustees: The Vicar and Churchwardens
About The Friends
The Friends of Wymondham Abbey is a Registered Charity (No. 1064418) and 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, which gives the place purpose and meaning.
Members pay an annual subscription and receive a twice-yearly newsletter. Many attend the Friends Annual General Meeting and occasional activities that are organised. The minimum annual subscription is £7.50 for individuals, £10 for couples and a minimum of £25 for corporate members.
Full details and a membership application form are available from:
The Hon. Treasurer, The Friends of Wymondham Abbey,
c/o 2 Downham Crescent, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0SF, England.
or you can print out a membership application form and send this with your first annual subscription.
Constitution of the Friends
The Friends as a society became established in 1977; in 1997 it became a Registered Charity (No.1064418).
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 of: The Vicar (chairman) and Churchwardens (ex-officio), together with elected members: Mrs Christine Buckton, Mr Thomas Cross, Mrs Susan Gooch, Mr Kenneth Baker, Mr Andrew Slater, Mr Barry Johnson, Mr Michael Halls,and Mary Allen. The Abbey Architect, Mr Neil Birdsall, acts as Consultant to the Council.
The Secretary is: Mary Allen, 13 Applegarth, Wymondham NR18 0BZ The Treasurer is: Mr Kenneth Baker, to whom membership enquiries and floodlighting sponsorship requests should be made, at: 2 Downham Crescent, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0SF (Telephone: 01953 604665).
Floodlighting Wymondham Abbey
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.
Please write to The Hon. Treasurer at the above address giving your name and address and the date or dates you wish to sponsor the floodlighting and enclose a cheque made payable to "Friends of Wymondham Abbey" or bank draft for £15 for each evening to be sponsored. Please give alternative dates in case the date or dates you have asked for are already booked.