Friends' & Descendants' Events to be held in 2013 are as below.
All booking details and forms are enclosed with the current Annual Review or please contact the Friends Office.
Saturday, 11 May 2013 - Friends and Companions’ Day and Annual Meeting. The Annual Friends day on Saturday 11th May started in the morning with a tour of the Lower Ward including visits to the Curfew Tower, the College Plate, the College Archives, the Albert Memorial Chapel and a Military Knight’s home. 40 Friends attended and all agreed that it was a most pleasant and informative tour. The Annual meeting in the afternoon was a great success concluding with an outstanding lecture on the Chapel Archives by Dr Clare Rider. A most worthwhile day!
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 – Christ Church and Harris Manchester Colleges, Oxford. The first Friends ‘Away Day’ took place on Tuesday 14th May in the ‘Spires of Oxford’. Twenty Friends joined us and we were treated to a guided tour of the magnificent Christ Church by two excellent volunteer guides. Later we had a sumptuous tea at the High Table in the Cathedral Dining room which featured in the Harry Potter films and were met there by Canon John Ovenden who is now Dean of Chapel at Harris Manchester College, having left Windsor earlier this year. Canon Ovenden then took us all on a brief tour of Oxford finishing at his church in Harris Manchester College where he gave us an impromptu service at which we sang hymns, accompanied in splendid fashion by Canon John on the piano.
Monday, 17 June 2013 - Garter Day. Garter Day was a hugely enjoyable event. Despite the grey clouds the day was warm and even the sun made an appearance at Tea. The Friends stand was filled to its capacity of 168 seats and all our Chapel and Grass tickets were taken. 170 Friends and their guests joined us for Tea in the 15th Century Vicars' Hall afterwards. A wonderful day of pomp, parade and procession. It was lovely to see the Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, and all the Garter Knights. We were delighted to see so many members of the Friends.
Thursday, 4 July 2013 – St George’s Chapel Tour following Evensong. A thoroughly enjoyable and very informative talk on the Chapel roof Bosses. The Chapter Clerk guided us through the histories and attributions of these intricate elements of the Chapel roof vaulting that one often only notices when looking upwards. Certainly a lesson in the symbolism at the time of the Wars of the Roses. For images of the Bosses please visit the Adopt a Boss pages of this website.
Monday 9 to Thursday 12 September 2013 - Battlefield Tour to Ypres, Belgium, including a visit to St George’s Church Ypres. This event is open to Members and their guests. Ypres is a key centre of the former battlefields of the First World War and the town remains a centre for pilgrimage, which enables visitors to witness the results of war – a reminder that we must strive for peace. The tour will include a visit to St George’s Memorial Church, the Flanders Field Museum and the Menin Gate in the town. We have secured one of the best battlefield guides who is also the Chief Executive of the Not Forgotten Association. The visit includes travel by executive coach from London and return, three nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Novotel in the town centre, two dinners and one packed lunch, and entrance fees to the main historical sites (including Talbot House (TocH) at Poperinghe, Hooge Crater, Sanctuary Wood Museum and the Memorial Museum at Passchendaele). The cost is £440 per person in a double room and £565 in a single room. Please contact the Friends’ Office for further details and an application form.
Saturday, 5 October 2013 – Dinner in the Vicars' Hall. This event is open to Members and a guest. There will be a Black Tie dinner in the Vicars' Hall, commencing at 7.15 pm for 7.45 pm. The cost will be £50 per person, to include pre-dinner drinks in the Dean's Cloister. Overnight accommodation, in en-suite single or twin-bedded rooms with breakfast, is available in St George's House for £70 per person. For members who wish to attend Evensong at 5.15 pm this will be followed by a Chapel tour for a donation of £15 per person.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 – Bond Memorial Lecture. This event is available to all. Dr Richard Barber will give a talk on 'The Company of the Garter; A Religious Confraternity.' in St George's Chapel at 7.30pm. To request tickets please apply, including the names of all those requiring tickets, to: The Chapter Office, the Cloisters, Windsor Castle, Windsor SL4 1NJ with s.a.e. marked 'Bond Memorial Lecture' by Wednesday 9 October 2013. Tickets are free by named ticket only.
Wednesday 30 October 2013 – Visit to St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough, Hampshire. This event is open to Members and their guests. Following a pub lunch at 1.30 pm there will be a tour of St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough, Hampshire commencing at 3pm. This will be followed by the opportunity of attending Vespers, which will conclude at about 5pm. In 1880, the Empress Eugénie bought a house in Farnborough. Crushed by the loss of her husband Napoleon III in 1873 and the death in 1879 of her 23 year old son in the Zulu War (for whom there is a cenotaph in the South Quire Aisle in St George’s Chapel), she built St Michael’s Abbey as a monastery and the Imperial Mausoleum. Tickets are £20 per person, to include a light lunch.
Thursday, 14 November 2013 – St George’s Chapel Tour following Evensong. This event is open to Members and their guests. Attend Evensong at 5.15 pm in St George's Chapel, which will be followed by a short historical summary of the Chapel and the Order of the Garter, and a guided tour. The evening will end with a glass of wine in the Dean's Cloister. The donation will be £15 per person.