FOPA Board of Trustees

Elected Executive Commitee

Duncan Cadbury

Dr Judith Mary Dale

Peter Dann

Margaret Goodrich

Michael Hodges

Sarah Ingles

David M Long

Erica Norton OBE

Jonathan Sington

Martyn E Spence

Patricia Steel OBE

Robin Whittaker

Professor Helen Whitwell

Honorary Officers

Peter Dann

Honorary Treasurer

Erica Norton O.B.E.

Honorary Secretary

Maggie Atherton

Honorary Membership Secretary

Ex Officio

Sir Michael Perry


Rev'd Claire Lording

Priest in Charge

Suzanne Clarke

Churchwarden of the Abbey

Bill Newman

Churchwarden of the Abbey

FOPA Meetings

Meetings are held regularly to review the requirements of the Abbey and to conduct the business of fundraising. Contact can be made at:

FOPA PO Box 46, Pershore, WR10 1YN

Or by e-mailing:

Become a Friend

Membership is welcomed. You can join by completing the Friends Application form:

Download Application Leaflet

Projects and Achievements

Pershore Abbey’s fabric is well maintained and, due to the generosity of donors & the foresight and work of the trustees, resources remain intact to address requirements as and when these emerge.

Most recent completed projects supported by us include:

  • Measured Digital Survey
  • Signage
  • Purchase of 100 “Nesting” Chairs
  • Purchase of Sound System and Mixing Desk
  • Level Access at West End Door
  • Roof Repairs and underpinning to the St John’s Chapel and North Transept

Future projects include:

  • A new pipe organ for the 21st Century
  • Restoration of the Bells, Carillon & Ringing Platform
  • New Toilets & Choir Vestry
  • Extension of Underfloor Heating

Upcoming Events at Pershore Abbey

We hold a small number of events throughout the year to update our members. Where possible we endeavour to ensure that these events also help with fundraising. Friends Memorial Lectures are normally held annually in June. Past speakers include Lord Digby Jones and Harriett Baldwin MP. The AGM and annual lunch takes place immediately after the patronal festival on the second Sunday in September. Occasional concerts in the Abbey to raise funds also take place.

Friends Memorial Lecture – 29th April 2022

The Friends of Pershore Abbey are delighted to announce that Dr. Belinda Wilkes, Director of the Chandra X-Ray Center & Senior Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has agreed to deliver the Friends Memorial Lecture. The title of the talk is: “Views of the Universe through the sharp X-ray eyes of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory”.

This once in a lifetime opportunity to hear such an eminent British scientist will take place in Pershore Abbey at: 6.00pm for the pre-talk reception and 7.00pm for the lecture on 29th April 2022. 

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched on 23 July 1999 by the Space Shuttle Columbia. Now in its 22nd year of operations, Chandra continues to be an indispensable tool for expanding the frontiers of knowledge throughout astrophysics. Chandra’s uniquely high (sub-arcsec) spatial, and spectral resolution have facilitated the deepest and sharpest images of the X-ray sky and the highest quality X-ray spectra to date. Its broad capabilities allow continuous expansion of its science based on new discoveries and facilities , e.g. the Event Horizon Telescope, NASA/ESA’s JWST (“Webb”, launched 25 Dec 2021). I will review Chandra’s launch and unique capabilities, and take us on a tour of some of the most spectacular discoveries across the whole range of celestial sources. These include the birth and death of stars, super-massive black holes, the first quasars, clusters of galaxies, dark matter, merging neutron stars, and more.



Dr. Belinda Wilkes is a Senior Astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics  Harvard & Smithsonian. She served as Director of the Chandra X-ray Center, which operates NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory on contract with NASA. She is currently a Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellow at the School of Physics, University of Bristol.

Dr. Wilkes received her BSc (Hons) in Astronomy and Physics from St. Andrews University, Scotland in 1978 and her PhD in Astronomy from Jesus College, University of Cambridge, England in 1982. She spent two years as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory, and moved to CfA’s High Energy Astrophysics Division in 1984. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Cambridge Philosophical Society, and a member of the International Astronomical Union, and the European Astronomical Society. She has received numerous awards, including many SI Exceptional Accomplishment Awards, 5 NASA Group Achievement Awards, and a NASA MSFC Director’s Commendation. In 2018 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge University.

Dr. Wilkes’ research involves X-ray and multi-wavelength studies of active galaxies: super-massive black holes in galaxy nuclei. She is author and co-author of over 470 science publications, including 166 refereed papers (11,700 citations, H-index 58), two books, several book chapters, and multiple articles and interviews in the public media.

2021 Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Pershore Abbey CIO Annual General Meeting took place at 12.00noon on 12th September 2021 in Pershore Abbey. All members were welcome to attend and received a copy of the Annual Report. A copy is available to download here: FOPA Annual report 2021 FINAL 11 8 2021

2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Friends of Pershore Abbey AGM took place virtually. The Annual Report was posted to all members. A copy is also available to download here final fopa 2020 text

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The Friends of Pershore Abbey CIO

PO Box 46


WR10 1YN


Charity Number 1193273