St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Our Community


Since 1838, St Philip and St James has been an important part of the local, vibrant community along the Bath Road.  Many of our congregation are involved in and volunteer for local organisations, and we seek to work closely togetherfor the flourishing of our parish community.

Here are just a few of our neighbours…


Bath Road Traders Association

Providing some of the best high street shopping in Cheltenham and a great service to our local community the Bath Road Traders Association lists and networks with all those working on the Bath Road.


Bethesda Methodist Church

We have good links with Bethesda Methodist Church, just up the road on Great Norwood Street and get together for a number of services over the year.  Bethesda is a friendly all-age church with a variety of worship styles. They aim to be focussed on God, rooted in Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit in all that they do.  They have a morning  service on Sundays, at 10.30am and a monthly evening service at 6pm,which is either a café church or a communion service,  and on the first Sunday in the month, there is an additional service at 8.00am. During the week, they organise or host a wide variety of meetings and activities, including Bible studies and house-groups, toddler groups, , welcome and luncheon clubs for senior citizens, a backpackers’ walking group, choirs, a country dance group and a group for the visually impaired, plus brownies, guides, beavers, cubs and scouts.


Cheltenham Connect

Cheltenham Connect is a local community initiative that was founded in 2009 and has gone on to be one of the fastest growing and most active initiatives in Cheltenham. It was set up with the aim of strengthening and empowering the residential and trading community of South Cheltenham, and anyone living or trading in the area can become a member.  They have a local businesses network, a ‘buy local’ campaign, a low carbon initiative and a health and wellbeing group.  The network is keen to hear from anyone with ideas for new projects and their core group meets on Wednesday evenings at the Exmouth Arms.  For more information you can contact them here.


University of Gloucestershire

After nearly 200 years of teaching, the university offers cutting edge facilities in inspirational locations, cradled by the rolling hills of glorious Gloucestershire. It offers courses from accounting to youth work and its Park Campus is just around the corner from Church.  Its motto, ‘in spirit and in truth’, means turning visions into reality, and its priorities include improving life chances, challenging unsustainable thinking as well as reducing our environmental footprint.  We have good links with the Chaplaincy team and are working to offer hospitality to new students; we also have particularly close links with the Chinese student community.  To learn more visit their website or email Jo Parkin on the Chaplaincy team.


The St Philip and St James’ Residents Association

The Association was founded in February 2005 to promote the well-being and protect the amenities of the residents of the streets immediately surrounding St Philip and St James’ Church, Leckhampton. There are currently over 150 members and all residents are actively encouraged to be involved in the preservation and ongoing improvement of the local facilities. The association write, “We are proud of our area and the association supports all initiatives that encourage and enhance a sense of local community.”