The Friends of Quarr, launched in 2013, is a voluntary organisation formed to support the monastic community of Quarr Abbey and its historic buildings.

     The Friends aim to bring together people who love and care for Quarr Abbey, help support the spiritual life of the Abbey, promote the Abbey and raise its profile and fundraise to maintain and enhance its historic buildings.

     As a Friend of Quarr you will be invited to biannual meetings to plan fundraising and social events, attend talks and concerts and celebrate St. Benedict’s Day on the 11th July at the Abbey. Volunteering within the Abbey in areas such as gardening, cleaning, portering or working in the Abbey shops is welcomed by the monastic community.

     If you share our love and support for Quarr Abbey join the Friends; a small membership donation is needed to help with running costs. All donations to the Friends and fundraising by the Friends are in aid of restoration projects in the Abbey.

     Since its inception the Friends have contributed a significant amount, raised by donations, fundraising events and grant applications, towards the Quarr Abbey Visitor Centre. 

     The Friends are currently fundraising in aid of the Walled Garden Project and have now raised over £33, 000 towards the project. The Friends were honoured to have His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex lay a ceremonial stone on the 14th October 2016 at the start of the restoration of the Grade 1 listed wall. The project is proceeding well and is now near completion.

     On the 24th January 2017, the keys to the paraplegic toilet were handed over to Abbot Xavier. The paraplegic toilet has a hoist, maximum weight 30 stones, and entry to the facility will be with a RADAR key. Adjacent to the paraplegic facility the Friends have also donated a unisex toilet. Both facilities are in the courtyard of the Visitor Centre. These facilities are a complete donation by the Friends and no funds were raised for them. The main donors are Liz and Ian Stevens of Stevens Washrooms (Portsmouth) and other Friends of Quarr. The facility is now in use. See here for photograph. 

     The Retreat organised by the Friends on 29th April was a great success with 30 attendees.The Friends hope to organise another day Retreat at the end of the year.

     The fundraiser on the 20th and 21st May Sale of Quarr Quilts raised £2,400 which is sufficient to sponsor an intern this summer and support the next theological conference at Quarr Abbey, mainly for the costs of the speakers’ fees and travel expenses. For further information on internships at the abbey please contact: Fr. Luke, interns@quarr.org, and for theological conferences please contact Fr Brian: procurator@quarr.org

     The remaining quilts are being sold at £100, and a further £600 has been raised to and is in aid of the final expenses of the Walled Garden Project. Three quilts remain, these are: 1,3,22. If you would like to buy a quilt please contact Dr Rebecca Ashton chair.friends@quarr.org  A poster of the quilts with the numbers is here or can be seen on the events tab. A short biography of the quilt maker can be seen  here.

     To join The Friends or obtain further information email:  chair.friends@quarr.org. Or to download The Friends leaflet please click here.