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The Benefice of Cinderford with Littledean

The Benefice of Cinderford with Littledean was formed in December 2010. The benefice covers Cinderford, Littledean, Ruspidge and Soudley and is part of the Forest South Deanery within Gloucester Diocese. The Benefice serves the community of Cinderford and the surrounding areas.

The benefice includes three parishes: St Ethelbert’s, Littledean; St John’s, Cinderford, Ruspidge and Soudley and St Stephen’s, Cinderford.

The three Parish churches within the benefice offer a variety of service styles according to a range of church traditions, but all are friendly and offer a warm welcome. Please look at the individual church pages for more information and service times or contact us for more information.

The Vicar of the Benefice is Mike Barnsley, who started his time here on 4 March 2011. Mike enjoys being situated at the heart of the Cinderford community at The Vicarage on Belle Vue Road. You may have seen Mike out and about around Cinderford and the Forest on his Harley. Mike would love to meet you for a chat or a prayer. Contact him on (01594) 822286 / 07903 436009 or send a message.

Heritage Open Days with The Wesley Players

For this years Heritage Open Days, St Stephen’s has teamed up with The Wesley Players to bring together some exciting memorabilia, photographs, costumes and more looking back on almost 70 years of panto in Cinderford! Come along and share some memories, find yourself in the photos, discover a costume you once wore or reminisce about which panto was the best to watch! There will hopefully be some performances to enjoy on the day as well as the chance to find […]

Family Fun Day & Craft Fayre

Family Fun Day & Craft Fayre on Saturday 30 September, 10 am – 1 pm, St Stephen’s Lawn & Marquee. Bouncy castle, face painting, hair braiding, archery, games and activities, BBQ, homemade cakes, wonderful variety of stalls from local artisans, crafters and authors and much more! Helping to raise funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC). Some of the games and activities will be based on donations rather than pay as you go to help make the day affordable […]

Coronation Weekend

What’s on around the Benefice for the Coronation Weekend? SATURDAY 6 MAY Coverage of the parade & Coronation Service streamed onto the big screen from 10.00 am at St Stephen’s (GL14 2AA). Refreshments available, all welcome. Everyone invited to join celebrations in The Triangle afterwards. SUNDAY 7 MAY Coronation Parade, Service and Big Lunch. Free family friendly event filled with celebration, food & drink, crafts and more to commemorate the King’s Coronation.10.30 am Parade from The Triangle followed by a […]