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




CAMELOT lunches

“CAMELOT” stands for “Come And Meet Everyone Lots Of Times” and is intended to provide opportunities to sit and chat to other members of the local community, usually over a meal. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the hall at Bethesda Church on Great Norwood Street at 12.30 to share fellowship and a light lunch. We ask for donations of £3.50 to cover costs. At festivals we have a bigger event and have already fixed our Christmas lunch for Monday 21 December. Once we are back in the reordered Church, these lunches will continue with a monthly Sunday lunch in addition. ‘

Walking group

The Church Walking Group arranges regular local walks.  Our walks are four-five miles and mainly in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, ending usually at a pub for lunch. Walk details can be found on our events page or in News for the Pews.  For further information contact:  David & Sue Thompson:

Pen and Pew Day Schools

‘Pen and Pew’ is a series of one-off day schools led by Adrian Barlow, former Director of Public Programmes at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Initially, the title reflected the work of authors with a religious affiliation, such as George Herbert, Anthony Trollope and TS Eliot. More recently, the focus has widened to include other interests and to respond to audience requests. There are two days each year, in the Spring and the Autumn. The format of each is the same: they start with coffee at 10am, have two lectures before a two-course lunch is served, one afternoon lecture and they end with afternoon tea at about 3.45pm. No prior knowledge is assumed and the days are suitable for all those interested in authors and their work. To find out more about forthcoming ‘Pen & Pew’ days, please see the events page and our weekly News for the Pews newsletter.

Book Group

The Book Group has been going for several years during which time we have read many books and made new friends. We meet monthly and books are chosen each month by a different member of the group.  We have worked our way through biographies, autobiographies, modern fiction, classics and even some poetry. We do,occasionally, do something different and spent one afternoon with a local author which we found interesting.  All meetings end with tea and cake!!

 Lunch Group

We meet every other month for lunch at local venues within walking distance of the church. Due to popularity, we do sometimes have to limit numbers.  Details can be found  on the events page or through News for the Pews.  We particularly welcome anyone new to the parish to join us for lively chat and good food and drink at reasonable prices.