Situated between Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham we are a vibrant Benefice of six parishes (with seven churches-The Leigh, Sandhurst, Twigworth, Down Hatherley, Norton, Staverton and Boddington) bounded by the River Severn and the M5.
The Parish church of St. Catherine in The Leigh is a grade 1 listed building and has stood in the rural hamlet of The Leigh since 1225. The foundations may well date as far back as 750. It has a bell tower of 6 bells which are regularly rung by a keen team of bell ringers.
A dedicated area of the churchyard was given over to be a memorial garden in 2005. When the pipe organ was dismantled a frieze was uncovered behind the organ, thought to date to before Victorian times when the pipe organ was installed. The chancel and nave were redecorated in 2007 at the same time as other improvements. A quinquennial report noted that the exterior wall of the side chapel was becoming detached from the church, all resolved following lots of fundraising.
The last and biggest project at St Catherine’s has been the raising of the ringing floor and installation of toilet and small kitchen. This extra facility has enabled the church to be a venue for many events. The church can be re-arranged in minutes. Meetings, concerts, Messy Church, meals, and fundraising events are held regularly as well as local weddings and funerals.
Clergy led services tend to be traditional whilst team led services are more innovative. The church is open during the daytime for visitors to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a country church.
Rev Suzanne Skepper 01452 731994
Please direst enquiries about baptisms, marriages and funerals to the Rector.
Sue Roberts 01242 680835