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A New Year’s Present for St Cyrs


The funding required for the ‘Open2All’ project has now been achieved. We are now in a position to start the work to provide a disabled access ramp up to the Church door. At the same time as this, a wheelchair lift into the Church, the provision of kitchen and toilet facilities in the South West corner of the Church. 

For 5 years the Friends of St Cyrs Church and the Parochial Church Council have been working together on “Open2All”. The purpose is to make the Church available for many more groups to use as well as for religious services. The models of the plans have been available to see in the Church over this period.

Over the hurdles

There have been many hurdles to overcome during the planning of the Project. However, finally, we are in a position to commence the build by this coming spring. The facilities should then be fully open by mid to late Summer 2022.

The Friends and PCC now have obtained

  • The Faculty from the Diocese
  • Planning and Listed Building Permission for the work
  • Permission from Stroud DC Building Control
  • Agreement from a Church Conservation Architect.

(The Agreement from The Church Conservation Architect is to confirm that our plans are sufficiently robust so that the Grade 11* nature of the Building will not be compromised by the Project.)

The Costs

The Project is planned to cost £83,038. We reached our funding target for the at the end of November. This now means that we can now commence the build work.

The Friends are providing £18,408. These funds have been raised over the years by Villagers and other attendees to the many events organised by the Friends. In addition the Parochial Church Council have provided £5,535 in funds through giving and organised Church events. So nearly 30% of the cost has been raised through the Parishioners, Villagers and supporters of our Fund Raising activities. We are extremely grateful for the support that has been given.

Donations and Funding

The remainder of the funds of approximately £60,000 has been generously given by donations, grants and pledges of funds through various Charitable Trusts and organisations that support our type of Project.

The Charities supporting the project are:

Thank you to all in the village who have supported the Friends and the Parochial Church Council with Donations

So, most of the hard work is now done and we look forward to welcoming everybody to the launch of our finished Project in a few months time.

The Friends of St Cyrs Church Stinchcombe & The Parochial Church Council

Village Calendar 2022

Stinchcombe Village Calendar 2022

Funds for St Cyr’s Church

The PCC is delighted to have produced a Stinchcombe Village Calendar for 2022 for you to buy, reflecting certain local aspects, some of the photographic talent from the village and a way to generate funds for St Cyr’s Church.

A copy of the 2022 Calendar can be seen in the porch at St Cyr’s church, but copies of the Calendar can be purchased from Pippa Leggate at Church Farm, Wendy Hamilton at Manor Farm, Cherry Brown at the Old Post Office and other members of the PCC.

The cost of the Calendar is £10.00 and all proceeds go to St Cyr’s Church.

A Gift for Christmas

Named Individual recognition has not been given to all those who contributed, but we would like to express sincere thanks to everyone who assisted with this project in aid of the church.

We hope you will enjoy the Calendar throughout the next year and that it will be a provide welcome gift for Christmas.

Ride and Stride 2021

Ride and Stride 2021 – The Result

A Fantastic result

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Stinchcombe and friends and acquaintances we smashed our target of £800. Instead we raised over £1000 towards the Historic Churches Trust in Gloucestershire.

Ride + Stride is the single largest source of income for many Historic Churches Trusts enabling them to make Grants to places of Christian worship. Taking place on the 2nd Saturday of September every year the funds raised are split between the Trust and St Cyrs.

If you would like to take part for all or just some of the time next year contact Andy Hamilton.

Further Information

For more picture follow the link in the route!

Ride and Stride

Ride+Stride for churches – Sept. 2021

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust “Ride and Stride” Event

On Saturday 11th September 2021 it will be the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust “Ride and Stride” event.

Andy Hamilton, Phil Joynson, Paul Creamer and Richard Bartlam, will once again be cycling on behalf of St Cyr’s. The route this year can be found HERE. Starting from Street farm and will involve loads of churches, 90km, hills and dales, but coming back to St Cyr’s during the afternoon.

They will be visiting as many churches as they can along the way, – so please encourage them with your generous sponsorship!

You can pledge your sponsorship at the “justgiving” website (search on the justgiving website for “St Cyr Stinchcombe”) or use this link:

or complete the form at the back of St Cyr’s Church.

Thank you for your support and generosity. This Charity provides valuable funds and expertise to maintain all our amazing Churches in the county, and 50% of all funds raised will be directly returned to St Cyr.

Ride and Stride 2020
Some churches are pretty
And some churches are smaller

Help! It would be nice to have other cyclists with us as I struggle to keep up with Andy! – Richard

Tomb Repairer

Tomb Talk

A Review on An Illustrated talk and tour by Mr Graham O’Hare

Last night Mr Graham O’Hare gave his magic lantern show, talk and then tour of the newly repaired Tombs in the Churchyard. Now fully stabilised, repaired, rebuilt and repointed. Graham talked about different types of tombs, how they were constructed, the different ways to repair them and why they led to problems in the levels of the churchyard. A fascinating talk by a man who knows his stuff!

What’s more we had an abundant, bountiful and splendiferous selection of Gloucestershire Foods laid on absolutely FREE. A sort of Heavenly “all you can eat buffet”.

With the excellent displays of historical information about the Tombs we all now know what to look for when shopping around for our own Family Table Tomb!.

Open Gardens 2021

Open Gardens 2021 final result

Everyone involved and everyone who came, all said that DESPITE the vagaries of the Great British weather, the Hidden Gardens of Stinchcombe was a great success this year.

Over a dozen gardens of all types, sizes and varieties were open over the two days and showed off the village to the public. Whether Residents from Stinchcombe just turning out and supporting others in the village, or people who had travelled from afar (and it some cases it was from afar!), everyone enjoyed the Open Gardens. Despite the rain!

In fact, it was by far the most successful Open Gardens to date. One person in fact emailed today with the following:

“Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful Open Gardens. We visited on Saturday and Sunday – and managed all the gardens. Completely bowled over, and learned lots. Great to meet the owners – that added to the pleasure. Thank you also to your team: we enjoyed a tea on Saturday, delicious cake, and on Sunday we had to make a dash to the car at 4.30 as it really pelted down. So we missed our Sunday tea.”

In the end, (including some generous donations) we raised just under £3,000 towards the Open To All project by the “Friends of St Cyrs” for a disabled Access to the Church. This is over double the amount raised in 2019 when the last “Open Gardens” was held.

Thank-you to those, who opened their Gardens, to those who helped with the teas and cakes, who baked cakes, and to those others who stepped forward to help make the village look good.


Calendar Update

Stinchcombe Calendar 2022

Time is marching on and plans for the Stinchcombe Calendar for 2022 are taking shape.

We are hoping to be able to go to press in September so that the calendars will be ready for sale in October in anticipation of Christmas and of course the New Year 2022.

The success of the calendar however will depend on you for the photographic and/or artistic contributions that you have captured or created over the year with scenes of the village and surrounding area reflecting the different seasons and months of the year.

 Do you remember some of those lovely shots which you shared on Stinchcombe social especially during the winter?  Now is the time to look through your pictures and send your contributions to the panel with any shots for the calendar.

The panel will be looking to create a calendar with a visual focus on this lovely area of Gloucestershire where we live and the community of Stinchcombe to which we belong.

So this article is to remind you about the Stinchcombe Village Calendar 2022 and to invite you to submit possible photographs, paintings or drawings relating to Stinchcombe for a particular month, which could be selected for the 2022 calendar.

Entries should be sent to the following dedicated email address as soon as possible and no later than the beginning of September 2021, ready for the panel of experts to make their selection.

All pictures submitted will be considered, but the judges’ decision will be final.

The calendar will then be prepared for printing.

Guidelines for calendar submissions are as follows:

  • Anyone of any age with an interest and knowledge of Stinchcombe and its surroundings is encouraged to submit an entry.
  • There is no entrance charge, but if your work is selected we would expect to be able to print it in the calendar and sell the calendar on behalf of the PCC.
  • There should be a title that identifies the aspect of Stinchcombe in the picture
  • Each entry should be clearly marked with the month to be represented.
  • There should be a clear link between the month and the subject of the picture.

Please help make 2022 a special year that captures some of the best memories of our lovely village during its different seasons, activities and events.

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