About Reading Abbey

About The Friends

Link to The Friends Facebook page:



The Friends of Reading Abbey

We aim to aid the preservation of the Ruins of the Abbey for the enjoyment of all, and to spread knowledge and public awareness of its history

Welcome to the website of the Friends of Reading Abbey. Here you can find information about the organisation and how to join us. We will also keep the front page updated with details of outings and other events organised for members.

Enquiries to the Friends' Secretary

Forthcoming events in 2015
Fri/Sat. 11th & 12th Sept: Heritage Open Days & Abbey Quarter tours
Sat. 24th Oct.: Annual General Meeting
Information about these events can be found under the 'Programme' link

21/6/2014: The bid for Heritage Lottery Fund support to conserve Reading Abbey ruins has passed the first stage. See Reading Museum's website for further information.
December 2014: A 60,000 grant has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the work towards the second stage of the bid to conserve the Abbey Ruins and open them to the public. Please click on the 'Abbey Quarter information' link above for further information.
Feb 2015: Work has started on St Laurence's churchyard wall. Please click on the 'Abbey Quarter information' link above for further information.
Please note: generic email addresses for Friends officers are now in use:
Secretary/contact is: Secretary@readingabbey.org.uk
Treasurer is: Treasurer@readingabbey.org.uk



Meetings are held twice yearly in Reading, on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons, when lectures are given by specialists on the life of the Abbey and on the most recent developments. Members receive three Newsletters per year. Other occasional events take place. There is a small annual membership fee.

Original Web design by Sylvia Chumbley. Current webmaster - Doug Beaumont





The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading
The Right Reverend the Bishop of Reading
The Abbot of Douai
The MP for Reading East
The MP for Reading West
The Vice-Chancellor of Reading University


President: Professor Brian Kemp
Vice-Presidents: Leslie Cram, Janet Bond
Chairman: Peter Durrant
Secretary: John Painter
Treasurer: Iris Hunt
Newsletter Editor: Dianne Sykes
Committee: Stella Cooke, Doug Beaumont, Heather Young