Mothers' Union August 2017

The Day we went to Deerhurst!

On Thursday 20th July, sixteen Mothers’ Union members left Stonehouse to journey to Deerhurst Priory Church of St Mary the Virgin on our summer outing. We all arrived about 2.00pm.    Our guide to the church was Sheila Ryan who told us that Christian worship had taken place in the church for about 1300 years and it is still the spiritual home for the people of Deerhurst and Apperley. At first glance very little Saxon work can be discovered but on closer inspection the bands of ‘herring-bone’ work are visible – a sure sign of early masonry. The tower is some seventy feet high and is of several building stages. At the east end of the church, down some rather steep steps, are the remains of the apse – the semi-circular end of the church. The present 14th century doorway, by which we entered the church, replaced a Saxon entrance, traces of which can still be seen. After our tour of the church we adjourned to the conference centre where we had a cream tea, with some of the best scones I have ever tasted, provided by Kate Morris and her friend.  We then visited the Odda chapel, another well preserved pre-conquest building which was discovered in the 19th century by the vicar of Deerhurst, this is situated just a few hundred yards from the church.  We then returned to the cark park where we began our journey back to Stonehouse.

Once again we must all thank Audrey for finding us yet another wonderful place to visit on our summer outing.

Kind regards, John.


Stonehouse Mothers’ Union Branch News

Dear All,

In July we had our summer outing to The Priory Church of St. Mary, Deerhurst, near Tewkesbury. This is said to be one of the finest and most complete buildings in England to survive from before the Norman Conquest. This Saxon Church has some very interesting features and a substantial part of the building is considered to belong to the first half of the 9th century. There is some magnificent Anglo-Saxon sculpture, much of it from the 9th century, and we were given a most interesting insight into the history of the church by our guide Sheila, from The Friends of Deerhurst Church.

It was a very interesting and informative afternoon in a beautiful and peaceful spot. The church is open during daylight hours and visitors are always very welcome and I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit!

After our tour of the church we were treated to an excellent cream tea provided for us in a converted barn behind the church. A lovely and memorable day!


1. Wednesday 9th August Mary Sumner Day picnic hosted by Stroud Deanery members (that includes us folks!) at Saul Memorial Hall, 2pm to 4pm. 

An afternoon of fellowship with light refreshments provided and plenty of space to sit and chat, plus a playground if you want to bring the children/grandchildren. If it’s wet we will stay in the hall. The afternoon will finish with a short service. Contributions of cake will be gratefully received!

2. Sunday 3rd September Wave of Prayer Service in church from 11.20am to 12.10pm.

3. Thursday 21st September branch meeting, 7.30pm at Hazelwood – Wave of Prayer Service led by Olga.


Our meetings are open to everyone so hope to see you there!

With love,