Archive Item of the Week: The Parish Connection

Archive item of the week aims to delve into Guildford Cathedral Archives to highlight some of the unique items within the collection.


This week: The connection to the Parishes

Guildford Cathedral, like any Cathedral, prides itself on its connections to the parishes throughout the Diocese.  Schools throughout the Diocese have a special connection with the Cathedral and will often use it as their focus for prize giving, award ceremonies and special concerts – particularly at Christmas time.

Within the Cathedral we have many reflections of this special relationship within the Diocese Parishes and equally this is reflected within the archive.


In 1993/1994 Frimley Church of England School were about to celebrate their 125th Anniversary and as such they wished to mark this occasion with a Special Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral and they also wished to have a special item donated to the Cathedral to be a lasting memory of the occasion.

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Originally the School felt that having an anniversary kneeler made to commemorate the 125 years would be fitting but as the Cathedral already has in excess of 1500 kneelers it was thought that maybe another item would be more appropriate.


After discussion with the Cathedral it was suggested that a Purple Stole could be made by the pupils.  This idea was accepted and the pupils set to work making the Stole.



After much hard work by the pupils the Dean formally visited the school in order to be presented with the Stole.



This story is just one of the many stories that we have of the community spirit and involvement that there is throughout the Diocese of Guildford and the strong connection that the Parishes still have for their Cathedral.



If you have memories of this event, or indeed if you were involved in making this Stole we would love to hear from you.  Please do get in touch with us.