Jul 02 2017

Rev. Peter Quinnell – New Associate Priest

Our Team Rector Rev. Nick Davies writes; “I am delighted to announce that, following conversations with Bishop Rachel and an interview with the PCC, Fr. Peter Quinnell has been appointed to serve as an Associate Priest licenced to the South Cheltenham team with pastoral responsibility for St Stephen’s Tivoli.  Fr Peter will be serving on a part-time basis and will be licenced by the Bishop of Gloucester at a service at St Stephen’s on Wednesday 6th September at 7pm.  Peter trained at St Stephen’s House Oxford, served his curacy at Tewkesbury Abbey, has since served in both the Gloucester and Winchester Dioceses and recently retired from being Acting Team Rector of the Stroud Team Ministry.  He and his wife Jean have recently moved back to Cheltenham.  I’m really excited that Peter will be joining the team.  I look forward to all that he will bring and to the stability and new chapter that he will be able to offer to St Stephen’s.  Please do hold Peter and Jean in your prayers as they look forward to this new season in ministry.

Permanent link to this article: http://saintstephenscheltenham.org.uk/2017/07/02/rev-peter-quinnell-new-associate-priest/

Feb 09 2017

“Susato to Swing” concert 12th March, 3pm

An upcoming “Susato to Swing” concert is being held on Sunday 12th March in our Church at 3pm, featuring the Cotswold Trombone Ensemble.  Admission is free with a retiring collection, which will be raising funds towards the conservation of the fabric of the building – repairs are soon to be needed internally.  Please see the poster below for further information.

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Jan 27 2017

£120,000 roof fundraising target reached!

There has been a flurry of roof appeal excitement here at St Stephen’s Church in Tivoli recently!  We are feeling joyful having been funded three heavenly grants – one for £20,000 from The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, which allocates grants from the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental, £5,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation and £1,000 from The Alan Evans Memorial Trust.  These grants, accompanied by a variety of fundraising events and community donations, have enabled us to reach our grand target of £120,000.

Everyone at St Stephen’s Church hs been working tremendously hard, since June 2015, to raise the funds needed to repair our much-loved building and we had the ambitious aim of trying to raise all the funds by Christmas 2016.  We are now dancing from the roof tops as this has now been delightfully achieved, bringing all at St Stephen’s Church joy.  The recent grant awards and donations really have made a significant difference to the Church and will ensure that Phase two of the repair works can absolutely commence this May 2017.

St Stephen’s Church would like to thank everyone for making this possible.

The roof appeal was set up to raise vital funds to repair and safeguard the fine Middleton building, following a five-year building inspection report which identified urgent works.  Phase one of the repair project was completed in October 2016.  The remaining, and final phase, of the repairs will take place to the North elevation of the Church and will include the replacement of thousands of roof tiles, a complete overhaul of the rainwater system, and seriously damaged downpipe, re-pointing and much more.

Team Rector Father Nick Davies speaks of the pure delight he and the congregation feels from the recent achievement: “It is without doubt one of the most wonderful feelings to have raised the funds needed to repair our beautiful Grade II* listed Church.  We have raised so much in such a short space of time and we are so very grateful to everyone who has supported the appeal.  The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Alan Evans Memorial Trust have made our dreams come true and we really couldn’t have done it without them and all the other grant funders.  We would also like to whole-heartedly thank the community and congregation for all their incredible support and hard-work with helping us to reach our goal so quickly.”

Father Nick continues “To have raised such a brilliant amount since last June 2015 is a real testimonial to just how special St Stephen’s Church is.  We have seen a whole host of fundraising events taking place over the last 18 months, and most recently, we have benefitted from a delicious fundraising dinner held at The Spice Lodge on 21st November, kindly organised by Councillor Tim Harman raising £525 for our appeal.  An amazing concert with James Hill and Anne Janelle was held on 24th November with over 100 guests and £1,157.70 was raised.  This was organised by Friends Uke-nited who were an amazing support to the appeal.  Finally, on the 4th December a Christmas concert ‘Sing, Good Company, Glad and True’ was held in Church!  We are so lucky and thank everyone for fully supporting the appeal and guaranteeing that St Stephen’s Church can continue to stand with pride at the heart of the local community and be a safe place for people to visit for many years to come.”

Permanent link to this article: http://saintstephenscheltenham.org.uk/2017/01/27/120000-fundraising-target-reached/

Dec 01 2016

A flurry of roof appeal excitement!!

On Monday 21st November a fundraising dinner was held in aid of our roof appeal and Cornerstones at The Spice Lodge – Councillor Tim Harman kindly organised the evening and chose us both to benefit from the night. It was a wonderful night and it raised £525 for each charity.   We thank Tim for choosing us.

We have some more wonderful news to share with you too!! We had an amazing concert with James Hill and Anne Janelle on the evening of Thursday 24th November.  The evening was fabulous!  Over 100 guests attended and £1,157.70 was raised in aid of the appeal.  Thank you to Friends Uke-nited for all of their support and to James Hill and Anne Janelle.

We are also completely delighted to let you know that we have now almost reached our target with the exciting receipt of three recent grant awards from The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust (£20,000), The Garfield Weston Foundation (£5,000) and The Alan Evans Memorial Trust (£1,000)!

Permanent link to this article: http://saintstephenscheltenham.org.uk/2016/12/01/a-flurry-of-roof-appeal-excitement/

Nov 10 2016

Christmas Concert ‘Sing, Good Company, Glad and True’, Sunday 4th December, 3pm

On Sunday 4th December 2016 a Christmas Concert Sing, Good Company, Glad and True’ will be held at Saint Stephen’s Church in Tivoli at 3pm.  It will be an atmospheric afternoon of Carols, Songs and Readings.

Admission is free to the concert and a retiring collection will be held at the end of the concert in aid of the ‘Saint Stephen’s Roof Appeal’.

Venue address: Saint Stephen’s Church, Saint Stephen’s Road, Tivoli, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 3AB.

Please contact Natalie Norman on 01242 573 508 or email natalienorman2014@gmail.com for further information.


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Sep 30 2016

An evening with James Hill and Anne Janelle

Oan-evening-with-james-hill-anne-janelle-page-001n Thursday 24th November 2016, 7pm-9pm, we are very excited to be welcoming the very talented James Hill and Anne Janelle into Saint Stephen’s Church for a concert which is sure to be absolutely AMAZING!

A night out with James Hill and Anne Janelle is “the perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity” (Wellington Dominion-Post).

The evening is being held in aid of the “Saint Stephen’s Roof Appeal” – set up to repair our Grade II* listed Church. Thousands of roof tiles need replacing, the rainwater system needs a complete overhaul and the downpipes and guttering need to be removed, cleaned, repainted and replaced.

Please view the poster below for more information and about how to book tickets. There will also be a Ukulele workshop “Chord Twins” for beginners on the same day from 2pm-3pm. See the poster for more details.

About James and Anne:
The Canadian Folk Music Award-winning ukulele/cello duo have charmed audiences in over 15 countries. In concert, James is “a dazzling performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous voice” (Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are “beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2 Magazine). You can view a YouTube video about them here: https://youtu.be/ZJQ0xYFLAWc and on their website: http://jameshillannejanelle.com/

Tickets for the evening will be £15 including mulled wine and mince pies. The workshop tickets are £15 each but if you purchase both tickets there is a *****special offer***** price of £25!!

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Aug 26 2016

Dine with wine in aid of our roof appeal at The Daffodil raised £563

DAF.FULL.LOGOWe were delighted that our recent fundraising lunch raised £563 towards the roof appeal.  A big thank you to everyone who attended and to The Daffodil for allowing us to use their wonderful venue and for being so accommodating.


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Jul 13 2016

Guests raised a delicious amount in aid of St Stephen’s Church

On Wednesday 13th July 2016 30 guests dined with wine at The Royal Union in Tivoli, Cheltenham and raised an outstanding £1,352 in aid of our Church.  The lunch was held in order to raise vital funds towards the ‘St Stephen’s Roof Appeal’ which was launched in June 2015 to raise £120,000 to repair the church.13706149_10154233590321211_271105040_n

The appeal was set up last summer in order to raise money to repair and safeguard the fine grade II* listed Middleton building, following a five-year building inspection report which identified urgent works.  The works are in two phases and include the replacement of thousands of roof tiles, a complete overhaul of the rainwater system, and seriously damaged downpipe, re-pointing and much more.

Guests were welcomed to a delicious two-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine.  A splendid raffle was also held with prizes including two club enclosure tickets to The Showcase at the Cheltenham Racecourse, family day passes to the Cheltenham Lido, stunning jewellery, a voucher from Tivoli Butchers, luxury truffles donated by Waitrose and much more.  £5 from each lunch went towards the roof appeal.  Guests also had the opportunity to write a special message on a roof tile in return for a donation to the appeal.  Many tiles were written in memory of a loved one and will be placed upon the roof this summer, for at least one hundred years to come.

Natalie Norman, Appeal Administrator, said:  “We were delighted to welcome so many people to our fundraising lunch in support of the ‘St Stephen’s Roof appeal’.  A huge thank you goes to The Royal Union for all of their support and for providing a wonderful venue and lunch. Since the appeal began in June last year, we have raised over £84,000, with thanks to the support of so many, including the congregation, local community and trust and grant funders.   The money we have raised to date is more than enough to commence Phase one repairs to the Church, which are now in progress and we are working really hard to raise a further £36,000 to carry out Phase two of the repairs in April 2017.”

Natalie said “We are continuing to apply to further trust and grant funders and have a variety of fundraising events planned throughout the year.  We have achieved so much, but still have a long way to go to reach our total, and are praying that we can restore our Church to its full glory with the support of many.”

Permanent link to this article: http://saintstephenscheltenham.org.uk/2016/07/13/menu-confirmed-for-the-royal-union-fundraising-lunch-13th-july/

Jun 23 2016

Lecture on the history of St Stephen’s Church raises over £1,600 towards our roof appeal!


  • We are delighted to announce that ‘The Stones of Saint Stephen’s:  A Church and its architecture’ evening raised a fantastic £1,667.54!! The drinks reception and illustrated lecture on the history of St Stephen’s Church was held on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 in aid of our ‘St Stephen’s Roof Appeal’. Over 70 guests attended and the lecture was given by Adrian Barlow – who explored the history of the Church through its architecture, sculpture and stained glass.  A big thank you to Adrian for so kindly volunteering his time to do this and to all of those involved in making the evening such a success. Image four


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Jun 09 2016

Upcoming events and appeal update flyer

We are delighted to share our new flyer with you – you can view it by clicking here.  This will be mailed out to the local Parish over the next few weeks.  We hope you enjoy reading it.

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