Appeal for head guide at Chichester Cathedral

The Quire at Chichester Cathedral
The Quire at Chichester Cathedral

IT is one of our most recognisable local landmarks, but how many of us know what goes on behind the scenes at Chichester Cathedral?

The 900-year-old place of worship is mother church of the diocese of Chichester and a flagship visitor attraction.

As well as the dean, chapter and a small team of employees, there are around 600 volunteers who generously give their time and skills to the cathedral.

These volunteers help in a variety of valuable ways, from greeting visitors, to stewarding services and concerts, and helping behind the scenes with administration and cleaning.

Now, the cathedral is seeking a new head guide to help welcome its visitors.

“This important role is essential to ensuring a warm welcome for the cathedral’s thousands of visitors each year,” said spokeswoman Ruth Poyner.

“The head guide is a volunteer team leader,who has oversight of a team of 50 volunteer guides, co-ordinating their ongoing development and quarterly guiding rotas.

“The guides deliver daily guided tours to visitors and are also available on an informal basis within the cathedral to answer any questions from the visiting public.”

The role is a part-time voluntary position.

“This enjoyable and rewarding role is open to anyone and would suit a retired person, or someone with time to spare who is looking for a new challenge on a voluntary basis,” said Ruth.

“Previous guiding experience is not necessary and full support will be given to the successful candidate.

“The role could be fulfilled in about six hours a week, but 
the exact time and days are negotiable and will vary throughout the year.”

Further details of how to apply, are available on the cathedral’s website:, or from the cathedral offices located in the Cloisters, or by calling 01243 782595.

The deadline for applications is March 31.