LATEST NEWS – 5 October 2020

Members have today been emailed the instructions for booking visits to Osborne which are applicable from today, Monday 5 October 2020.  Also included in the email were details of the arrangements for this year’s Remembrance Service to be held at St Mildred’s Church on Sunday 8 November.
Any member who has not received the email is advised to contact our Secretary on mtee45@hotmail.co.uk.

25 September 2020

UPDATE ON NEGOTIATIONS WITH ENGLISH HERITAGE

I am delighted to announce that we have been successful in negotiating the return of access to the grounds of Osborne for the Friends, albeit in controlled numbers and via contacting the site directly to book rather than use the online booking system.  Details of the new arrangements, including the phone number to call, will be forwarded to all members via their email addresses in the next few days.  Any members without an email should contact the secretary directly on the number below. 

Please continue to follow our Facebook page and our website and continue to forward any queries to our secretary at mtee45@hotmail.co.uk. telephone 01983 295780.

Best wishes
Rob Flower
Chair of Friends of Osborne Trustees.

Welcome Friends of Osborne

Welcome to our website.  The Friends of Osborne undertake an annual programme of fundraising events which are open to both members and their guests. We aim to encourage interest in Osborne House, its history, buildings, contents, grounds and gardens’

The money raised by the Friends of Osborne is used to support English Heritageʼs commitment to maintain Osborne House for the Nation. In 2015 the Friends became a registered charity.  Since 1987 the Friends and its predecessor organisation have helped English Heritage with many renovation projects to the House and grounds as well as for educational projects.  

One of our more recent contributions has been towards the renovation of the Andromeda Fountain on the lower terrace.  The fountain fell into disrepair many years ago and the Terrace was closed to the public.  With the assistance of a donation from the Friends the fountain has been beautifully restored to full working order and members were invited to a private viewing in July 2017.  The Terrace and the Andromeda Fountain, which forms its centrepiece, is once again open to the public.

We are very proud and honoured that, following the filming of ‘Victoria and Abdulʼ at Osborne House in Autumn 2016, Dame Judi Dench agreed to be the first Patron of the Friends of Osborne.

New members are welcomed at any time and details of the benefits of being a member and how to join can be found on this website. Additionally, we are always looking for volunteers to support our charity.

Friends of Osborne Members' Events Diary

Due to current and ongoing restrictions there will be no events of any description at Osborne in the foreseeable future.

Events