Friends' Retreat at Launde Abbey, May 2015

Friends’ Retreat at Launde Abbey, May 2015

TThe Olive Branch - logo of the Association of Friendshe Association of Friends of the Diocese exists to bring together in a worldwide fellowship those who have friends, ties, history or a particular interest in our wide and diverse Diocese.

The Association is committed to promoting communications with and across the Diocese, facilitating contacts and support. It sets out to provide information about and between the chaplaincies, including the Mission to Seafarers chaplains working with them and to commend appreciation of the rich diversity of the Diocese’s presence and activities.

We welcome members from anywhere in the world who have an interest in the Diocese and encourage links within the many countries where Friends now live.

In the UK the Friends have a special link to the Parish of All Hallows by the Tower in the City of London. We invite you to participate in the Diocesan Celebration Eucharist that takes place at All Hallows on the first Monday in August each year to hear news of the Diocese, meet Friends and welcome newcomers. The Eucharist is preceded by the AGM of the Friends and followed by an enjoyable lunch.

2018: Monday 30 July

The Friends Committee

  • The Rt Revd Michael Lewis, President
  • The Revd Canon Ian Calder, Chair
  • Ron Maitland, Vice Chair
  • The Revd John Ablett, Treasurer
  • Mrs Sally Milner, Honorary Secretary
  • The Revd Bertrand Olivier, Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower
  • The Venerable Christopher Futcher, Diocese of Exeter Link
  • Mrs Penny Calder
  • Bernice Maitland
  • Dr John Worton-Griffiths

The Olive Branch

The  magazine of the Friends contains news from around the Diocese and of the Friends. Letters, announcements articles and photographs can be sent to the editor at

On publication it is emailed or printed and land mailed to all Friends and Clergy of the Diocese. it is also available on-line and can simply click on the links below to download the issue you want.

Autumn Gathering  2017

Bar Convent, York – Wednesday 18th October 2017

Spring Gathering 2018

Launde Abbey, Leicestershire – Tuesday 24th April 2018 to Thursday 26th April 2018


Join the Friends

Annual membership of the Association of Friends is £22 per couple or £15 for one person. To join download and complete the membership form, then send it with a cheque for your membership fee to:

Mrs Sally Milner, Honorary Secretary
Association of Friends of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
123 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead
Surrey KT21 2LR

Membership Form

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