Whilst The Friends of Rochester Cathedral exists to raise money for the repair and restoration of the Cathedral, as a diverse and friendly community of people, we also have a calendar of social activities throughout the year.
Use the calendar to see our upcoming Friends' events.
DAY TRIP TO BRIGHTON – 22nd April
I watched the weather forecast anxiously for a week prior to the Friends’ day visit to Brighton. It would be nice, though not essential, to have a fair day. The forecast, day after day was “DRY. FINE BUT COOLER.” The day dawned, we all forgathered at the Visitors; centre Car park and IT WAS RAINING !! Nothing daunted, we set off at 9.30 am, all 45 of us on time and aboard and, as we travelled, the rain ceased and finally out came the sun.
More importantly, we had an excellent run to the coast, in the capable hands of owner-driver, Mick of MM COACHLINES, a local firm, and cheerfully painted in blue so hard to miss. Parking for the coach was a problem for our driver, as the Marine Drive was closed but we decanted in the road behind and went our different ways, most of us looking for the necessary coffee shop. It seems as though the decision of the Social Committee to make this a day completely free for whatever those on board wanted to do was a good one. The variety of activities in Brighton meant that there was plenty of choice, from ascending in the new (and frequently-breaking-down) tower, the Pavilion, Sea Life, or, like me, enjoying a happy pottering, taking in the sea air, having coffee, lunch and people-watching. Some met friends or family.
Another good journey home by 6.00pm and the feedback so far has been positive and encouraging. Having the trip on a Saturday proved what we had hoped, that younger, working people or working partners could come too, and we had a fair smattering of those on this outing.