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 from April 1 to September 30 each year.

     The Retreat organised by the Friends on 2nd December 2017 was a great success with 40 attendees. The next Retreat will be on Saturday 28th April 2018. See here for details.

     The Friends have sponsored an intern for 8 weeks in the summer of 2017 and have raised sufficient funds to pay for the expenses of a speaker for a future theological conference at Quarr Abbey. We have also had a donation from within the Friends to sponsor another intern, to come from the University Chaplaincies of Oxford, Cambridge or Surrey.

      The new Friends’ project is to help improve the accessibility of the paths at Quarr Abbey. The first fundraising for this, a 2018 calendar, “ Images of Quarr”, sponsored by the chairman of the Friends, has raised over £1,200, making the total amount raised for this project more than £3,000.

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