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 Walled Garden Project has now been completed with the restoration of 41metres of the Grade 1 listed North East section 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 Martin White and Mrs 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, which began in September 2014.  

     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.

     The Retreat organised by the Friends on 30th March was success with 36 people attending, from across the Island, and the mainland the date of the next day Retreat is planned for Saturday 7th December 2019. A poster of the programme will be on the website ‘events tab’, nearer the time.  Please note that lunch can be bought from the Abbey Teashop or you may choose to bring your own. The Retreats are free and open to all. Any donations received on the day are in aid of the church windows.

     The Friends sponsored an intern for 8 weeks in the summer of 2017. This year a donation of £1,000 from 2 Friends of Quarr sponsored 4 interns.

     The new Friends’ project involves making the paths around the church, more accessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs. 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 just over  £11,000. Orpheus Singers are performing a Concert of Sacred Music in the church on Saturday 6th July, at 3 pm. The retiring collection is in aid of our project. Please see here for the poster for this event. We are grateful to Orpheus Singers their support with fundraising for this project.

     To join The Friends or obtain further information email: Or to download The Friends leaflet please click here.