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


From Cheltenham to Ramallah

Mutual visits are the lifeblood of the Partnership. The list below details the three ten-day Pilgrimages in 2014, 2016 and 2017, which included visits to the Holy Sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee, and visits to St Andrew’s Ramallah. Also listed are visits made by individuals from P and J.

2013NovemberRoger Symon – two days
2016MayRoger Symon and Mike Scott-Baumann
2018JanuaryNick Davies – one week
NovemberMike Scott-Baumann – four days
2019Feb/AprilGiles Bowden-Allen – six weeks as a volunteer at St Andrew’s
April/MayRoger and Daphne Symon – Holy Week and Easter
OctoberJade Scholes – ten days Ordination Training placement

Some reflections of those who have visited Ramallah can be found here.

P&J Pilgrimage to Ramallah
P&J Pilgrimage to Ramallah

From Ramallah to Cheltenham

In 2015 we were delighted to welcome Rev Fadi, his wife Ruba and their family on their first visit to Cheltenham, to launch the Partnership. After discussion the way forward was agreed and 2017 saw the first visitors from St Andrew’s. It was a chance for them to experience the life of our community, and for us to repay their generous hospitality, to enable more members of P and J to become involved in the Partnership, and to hear more about their situation, and so generate fresh momentum in our joint enterprise.

2015JulyFadi and Ruba Diab
2017SeptemberFadi, to speak at the Balfour Centenary Conference
2019June – JulyFadi Diab, Riyad Hashwa, Luna Maalouf, Amal Tawasha, Sister Najah Nantisi – group visit

Further pilgrimages are planned. For more information contact us.