Churchwardens Welcome

We are a group of three Church of England parishes serving the communities of Wotton‑under‑Edge, Ozleworth, North Nibley, Alderley and Tresham. On this site you can find out more about our friendly churches, our varied worship, our caring people, our expanding range of activities and also about baptisms, marriages and funerals.

Read the full Vicar’s Welcome

Bishop Rachel to take St. Mary’s Ascension Day service

Bishop Rachel will be coming to Wotton on Thursday 30th May to take our Ascension Day service. She will also be dedicating the new servery and toilets. It is an honour for us to have Bishop Rachel with us, and we hope as many people as can will join the service (there won’t be any incense) and the dedication. Wine and nibbles will be available.

Easter Services

We hope you will be able to join us at one of the many Easter services happening within our churches.

St. Mary’s is in Wotton under Edge; St. Martin’s is in North Nibley; St. Kenelm’s is in Alderley; The Chapel of Ease is in Tresham; St. Nicholas is in Ozleworth

14th April – Palm Sunday
8.00am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s
9.30am Family Service at St. Martin’s
10.15am Eucharist service with procession and dramatic Gospel reading at St. Mary’s      
6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s                                                     

15th April – Holy Monday
7.00 pm Stations of the Cross service at St. Mary’s

16th April – Holy Tuesday
9.00pm Compline service at St. Mary’s

17th April – Holy Wednesday
9.00pm Compline service at St. Mary’s

18th April – Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper followed by the night watch of prayer at St. Mary’s.

19th April – Good Friday
9.30am Procession of witness from Synwell Chapel to St. Mary’s
10.00am Chapel to Church – North Nibley
12.00 – 3.00pm Meditation Before the Cross at St Mary’s
2.00 – 3.00pm At the Foot of the Cross at St. Martin’s
7.00pm Oriana Singers at St. Martin’s

20th April – Holy Saturday
11.00am From Palm Sunday to Easter – St. Nicholas, Ozleworth
8.00pm Ceremonies of Easter Fire at St. Mary’s

21st April – Easter Day
6.30am Dawn Service at Nibley Monument
7.30am Dawn Service on Coombe Hill
8.00am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s
9.30am Parish Eucharist for Easter Day at St. Martin’s
10.15am Easter Day Family Communion service at St. Mary’s
11.00am Family Service for Easter Day at St. Kenelm’s
11.00am Family Service for Easter Day at The Chapel of Ease, Tresham
6.00pm Easter Carols at St. Mary’s
6.00pm Easter Service for Easter Evening at St. Martin’s

2019 Pancake Party

Despite the weather worsening, we set up the pancake party, ready to cook fresh pancakes in the vicarage garage and also  put out flags for the finish line on the drive, for the pancake races.  Tea, coffee and cakes were available in Church, as well as nine activities, involving different aspects of Lent and Shrove Tuesday.  Helpers were waiting ready at each station.  At 4pm, people started to arrive and the 4 pancake makers were kept busy.  As soon as enough people had arrived, we started the races  –  which lasted for about half an hour – before it began to rain and get rather cold. 

Then the activities in Church became a great draw.  The “How many pancakes can you flip in a minute” challenge went down very well with the slightly more competitive participants, with several coming back to try to improve their score.  The best adult flipper was Lynda Durrant  and the best child flipper was Phoebe, albeit at her third attempt!   

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Another challenge was the scavenger hunt where one had to try to locate various people involved with different aspects of Christianity, within our Church and also hunt for facts about international celebrations on Shrove Tuesday. There was some very concentrated effort on the bean bag pancake making as well as on the Mardi Gras mask making activity.  Some thoughtful conversations were had on the Ash Wednesday and Prayer Chain stations too.  As a different activity, a table word search and word quiz were available amongst those enjoying tea and cake.  Various “handout material” included Lent challenges and information about Church activities leading up to Easter were also available.

Despite the weather, all the pancake mixture was used and thanks to our jolly pancake makers, they ensured everyone had at least one of the freshly made pancakes.  Thankyou to all the team that prepared and served tea and cake.  This was a wonderful opportunity to share our love of Christ with our local community and it was great to see so many new faces in this very friendly atmosphere.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make this such a positive experience.                   

Teresa Pottinger and Joan Deveney
Local Ministry Team

Reordering update

January 2019

If you’ve been into St Mary’s since Christmas, you will have seen that the first phase of the Reordering works has started in earnest. This piece of work will build the two toilet cubicles, and install the servery.

First we had to rehome the pews from the west end, and these have now been relocated. We then removed everything from the choir vestry, and that’s now all in the Berkeley Chapel.

For safety, the contractors have installed a fence. Behind, they have now removed the Flower Cupboard and the partition to the choir vestry. The first piece of work is to install a new floor in the vestry.

Because the work is going on out-of-sight, we’ll post occasional pictures.  If all goes to plan, these works will be finished by Easter 2019.

Works area fenced off

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Works behind the fence
Relocated vestry petition
Works in the choir vestry

Thankyou from Stroud Foodbank

Over the last couple of weeks, both St. Mary’s and the Perry and Dawes Almshouses have had their Harvest Festival services. Between the 2 churches, 42.9kg have been donated. The picture shows the residents of Perry and Dawes along with members of St. Mary’s.
Thank you to everyone who has donated.


2019 Viney Hill Save the Date

Save the Date
21st – 23rd June 2019

St Marys’ have booked the Viney Hill Christian Outward Bound Centre in the Forest of Dean, near Lyndey for another summer weekend.
Get to know those at St Mary’s in this relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of time to chat, share a meal and join in activities if you choose.
We hold compline before bed and a service before lunch on Sunday.

The surroundings are ideal for a walk or bike ride and we enjoy an evening talent show and bonfire chat (weather permitting).
Saturday’s organised activities can include:
Archery, low ropes and crate stacking. We have reserved the lake again this year so raft building or canoeing is on the cards! All led by a qualified instructor (additional cost apx. from £6.25 to £14.50 each).
We also have free activities for the young ones.
No need to pitch a tent (they are pre-erected) or
stay in one of the Cabins.
Food is included in the price with inside facilities for preparing and serving meals and a lounge for relaxing.
Cost subject to confirmation: Weekend: adults/8+yrs £47 pp; school age to 8yrs £35 pp; 1-4yrs (not at school) £20 pp; under 1 free.
Saturday: £14 per adult/8+ yrs; £5 per 1-7 years.

Enquiries please contact Mrs. Teresa Pottinger, telephone 01453 843272 or