Welcome from Colonel David Steele, MBE
Clerk to the Friends and Companions
The Friends & Descendants of St George’s are a network of individuals who support St George’s on a regular basis. If you are thinking about supporting St George’s, becoming a Friend or Descendant is one of the best ways to do so, allowing us to plan our financial affairs and offering you the opportunity to take part in the life of St George’s, from the Nine Lessons and Carols of Advent to the glorious annual Garter Service in June.
Founded in 1931, we offer financial support to the Dean and Canons of Windsor on whom the sole responsibility to maintain St George’s Chapel, its Cloisters and medieval lodgings lies. The Friends and Descendants offer more than monetary assistance, however. They are part of the wider community of the College of St George, making up a network of over 5000 members worldwide, committed to the values espoused by the College of St George and keen to preserve its magnificent buildings for future generations to enjoy.
Many of our Friends & Descendants offer volunteer service to St George’s, from manning the Chapel shop to stewarding visitors; helping to keep the Chapel clean; talking to groups about the history of St George’s Chapel and raising funds in a myriad of interesting ways! The Friends and Descendants' office is also largely staffed by volunteers. We simply could not do our work without this team and all of those who offer their time and energy to this extraordinary place.
Money is vital, however. St George’s does not receive regular funding from the crown, state or church and must find all of its own funds. During the past ten years, the Friends & Descendants have helped in the funding of some 40 projects to the value of over £1.3 million. This includes a major contribution of over £500,000 towards the recent conservation of the West Front and Great West Window.
In the financial year to 31 August 2010 the Friends and Descendants were able to make over £146,005 available for the ongoing maintenance and conservation of St George’s Chapel and the Cloisters and medieval lodgings which surround it and make up the College of St George. Looking ahead, we are about to embark on an investment programme which we hope will see the growth of the Friends & Descendants, its contribution to St George’s and the number of ways in which you can be involved in all that we do here.
To find out more about the benefits of membership, click here, or go straight to the application form to join. Should you wish to pay your subscription by credit or debit card or if you would like to find out more before you make your decision, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to welcoming you to St George’s.