Friends of Quarr

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, raise its profile and fundraise to maintain and enhance its historic buildings.

As a Friend of Quarr you will be invited to annual 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 requested to help with running costs. All donations to the Friends and fundraising by the Friends are in aid of restoration projects in the Abbey.

Our Previous Projects

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

Walled Garden

The Friends Walled Garden Project has been completed with the restoration of 41metres of the Grade 1 listed North East wall of the garden. The Friends were honoured to have His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex lay a ceremonial stone on the 14th October 2016 and were delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant of the Island, Major General Sir Martin and Lady White, to the Completion Celebration on the 8th July 2017 at which he kindly unveiled the donor board for the project. The Friends of Quarr would like to thank all those who donated and helped with fundraising towards this project.

Accessible Toilet

On the 24th January 2017, the keys to the Accessible toilet were handed over to Abbot Xavier. The Accessible toilet has a hoist, maximum weight 30 stones, and entry to the facility is with a RADAR key. Adjacent to this facility the Friends have also donated a unisex toilet. Both facilities are in the courtyard of the Visitor Centre and were 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.

Friends Retreat

Retreats are organised by the Friends in Lent and Advent with many attendees from across the Island and the mainland. Unfortunately no further Retreats have been planned for this year because of the ongoing pandemic.

The Friends first sponsored an intern for 8 weeks in the summer of 2017 and again in 2019 with a donation from 2 Friends of Quarr which helped to sponsor 4 interns. The same 2 Friends of Quarr have given a further donation to sponsor interns this year.

Pathways Projects

The new Friends’ project, The Accessible Paths Project, involves making the paths leading to the Abbey Church and the Visitor Centre more wheelchair and pushchair friendly. The project involves using Breedon Gravel, improving the drainage in this area and installing formal edging. The cost of ‘The Accessible Paths Project” is £18,000, the Friends have raised sufficient funds to start the project which includes the receipt of a £500 grant from The WightAID Foundation.

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Groundsell Contracting Ltd. commenced work on the project on 22nd September 2020 and we are happy to report that the Accessible Paths Project was completed on 16th October 2020 and is now in use. There is some landscaping work to be carried out by the Quarr abbey garden team. The Friends have donated the grass seed to repair any damage to the verges and 10 tonnes of topsoil to help with this.

The Friends are grateful to the good will shown to them by Breedon Gravel, Groundsell Contracting Ltd., and DARES.

Becoming a Friend

To join The Friends or obtain further information please contact chair.friends@quarr.org or to download The Friends leaflet please click below.


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    Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

    Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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