Friends of Winchester College

This organisation was formed in 1989 with the objective of forming closer bonds between the School, the local community, parents, staff, Wykehamists and past visitors through the arrangement of special events, and by generally encouraging local residents to take part in School activities.  

Here is the current newsletter and diary of events.

Please also view the Music Diary.

Benefits of Membership

  • Invitations to lectures and occasional social events arranged by The Friends
  • Attendance at other School events: plays, concerts, films, Chapel Services - details of which are given in the Friends' termly newsletter
  • Free guided tours of the School, with reduced rates for their guests
  • Above all, perhaps, a feeling of ‘belonging' to an ancient, beautiful and much admired institution


If you are a registered user, you can now log in and book online for Friends events.  Please allow two business days for your registration to be processed. 

Lectures: four lectures are held in the two winter terms at Win Coll in Short Half and Common Time.  Lecturers range from famous or infamous Old Wykehamists, to renowned speakers on a wide variety of subjects.  Lectures are usually held in the historic surroundings of School, the 17th Century schoolroom of Winchester College, and are preceded by a glass of wine.     

Concert in Music School: this annual concert, as a thank-you for Friends support, has become a firm favourite with music lovers who appreciate the talent and skill of the School's young performers. 

Tours: are held in Common Time of specific areas within the campus such as the Archives, Treasury and Wiccamica room. 


ANNUAL £50 £75
LIFE £1000  under 55
£750    55 - 64
£500    65 - 74
£250    75 and over

£1690   under 55
£1265   55 - 64
£845     65 - 74
£420     75 and over

If you would like to join the Friends, or renew your membership, please complete the online application form. Alternatively download and print the form here and return by post with the completed direct debit mandate and Gift Aid form, if applicable.

Gift Aid

The Friends, being part of Winchester College which carries full charitable status, are able to derive benefit from any subscriptions paid under Gift Aid. The value of such payments to both the member and the charity itself cannot be stressed enough. Gift Aid form

If you would like to order a copy of the Mozart 200th Anniversary CD, or the Quiristers' 1988 reissued CD, please complete the relevant order form.

Committee Members

Michael Wallis, Director of Friends
Caroline St Leger-Davey (past parent)
Guy Boney, (E, 1958-63 and past parent)
Simon Beloe, Chairman (I, 1958-63 and past parent)
Simon Taylor (F, 1970-74 and past parent) 
Karen Carpenter (Friends Administrator) 

T. +44 (0)1962 621266


John Lang

Rear Admiral John Lang DL (left)

Threads in a Trade Route Tapestry
Friends enjoyed a lecture from Rear Admiral John Lang DL on Tuesday 8 November 2016 that explored the history of the challenging trade route from ancient times to the somewhat less romantic giant container ship of today and touched on both the overland and sea routes used.

Adrian Sindell
Adrian Sindall  (second from left)

Syria, Iraq and ISIS
Friends enjoyed a lecture from Adrian Sindall on 4 February 2016. A former senior British Diplomat who served as British Ambassador to Syria and British High Commissioner to Brunei, he is a past Chairman of the Council for British Research in the Levant and of her London based Arab British Centre. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the London Middle East Institute at the school of Oriental and African Studies at London University and is an active member of the Middle East and Latin American Programmes of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House.

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Winchester College Society
73 Kingsgate Street
Winchester SO23 9PE
T. +44(0)1962 621217
Registered Charity no. 1139000