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


A People of pilgrimage, a place of hospitality.  This was the vision of a reordered and reimagined space which led to the biggest change to St Philip and St James’ Church since it was first built in 1882.

For over sixteen years we, as a congregation, dreamt of creating a more flexible space, in service of our local community. Now it is a reality.

The vision was for a church that would be open and busy seven days a week with church services and events, as well as community groups, meetings and celebrations. 

The focus was on enriching the life of our local community and offer a range of opportunities for people of all ages to wonder, reflect, pray and connect with a worshipping community committed to faith, hope and love.

Improved facilities for disabled access, sound, light and hospitality were also key to the plans.  This included a servery and an attractive shared green space combining car and bike parking, with space for people to gather, relax and socialise.

Most of the costs of the £3 million cost of this project has been met by the Church and its congregation. We also acknowledge, with thanks, grants pledged by the following trusts:

  • Allchurches Trust
  • Barnwood Trust
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Gloucestershire County Council (Growing Our Communities Fund)
  • Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust
  • Beatrice Laing Trust (Laing Family Trusts)
  • The Langtree Trust
  • The Rowlands Trust
  • RM Sturdy Charitable Trust (The Saddlers’ Company)
  • Summerfield Charitable Trust
  • Bernard Sunley Foundation