The Friends organise an annual visit to a cathedral or church of historic interest. In recent years the Friends have enjoyed guided tours of the cathedrals in Ely, Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester.
A lecture is given annually on a subject related to St Mary’s or the parish. In 2016 a member of NADFAS spoke about its project to restore the church’s fabrics and vestments. Speakers in previous years have included Peter Eugene Ball, sculptor and art advisor to the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese, and Canon Jack Higham who has researched the lives of notable clergy connected with St Mary’s.
Additional events are held to mark special occasions and in 2014 the Friends celebrated their 40th anniversary with a ‘bring and share’ lunch complete with birthday cake and champagne.
The Friends publish three magazines a year which are free to members. Copies of the current magazine are available to non-members, price £2 (including postage). Contact the secretary via the website.