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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.

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

The Latest on the Hidden Gardens of Stinchcombe

Open gardens
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Just a short update, we now have around a dozen Gardens confirmed and I am hopeful of 2 more at Clingre Down.

This will be an excellent time especially for those newly moved into Stinchcombe to meet others.

There will be a “Spinney Stroll” at Street Farm and of course, Teas and Plant Sale at Church Farm.

We are now advertising with posters, flyers and posting on various Facebook Groups on the week end. We will also post on Dursley Matters and the North Nibley Group.

We are having difficulty recruiting Catering Volunteers so please step forward.

However, we appear to be progressing quite well, and Fiona will sort out some nice weather!

Charlie Oakhill

Books Piled High

St Cyrs Bookstall

It is wonderful to have heard of so many new people moving into our beautiful village. We thought that it may be an opportune time to remind everyone that there is a Book stall inside St. Cyr’s Church.

We have some good quality books, but would be most grateful if anyone has any children’s book which they may be willing to donate. These would benefit the younger members of our parish who have arrived recently! Any donations of good quality books are very much welcomed and can be left at the back of the church. We also have a small selection of DVDs and CDs.

St. Cyr’s is open daily, so please do pop in and have a little browse if you are passing by. It is a very interesting and attractive church with lots to see inside, it is also YOUR church, so please do visit!

With many thanks, Wendy Hamilton

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