Frampton, St. Mary's Church

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With its magnificent village green, said to be the longest in England, Frampton on Severn is a beautiful village set near the Severn estuary.

The village is essentially rural, being surrounded by working farms and bordered on one side by the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal. Close to the Canal stands our Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Vicarage is nearby.

Consecrated in 1315, with later additions, St Mary the Virgin is a large well-maintained Church with an active and enthusiastic PCC who would love to see their Church grow and are especially keen to draw in families and young people. The Church is open daily and we have a newcomers visiting team. Lay people lead weekday prayer and contribute to the Sunday Services by leading intercessions and reading. We offer a variety of styles of worship and congregations vary in size depending on the occasion. Several parishioners attend both the Church and the Congregational Chapel with whom we share worship approximately three times a year, one of the highlights being our Good Friday witness around a wooden cross on The Green. With over 500 households there is plenty of opportunity for the church to develop it's worship.

The village is an active, welcoming and supportive community of mixed ages; the extent of the village's community spirit has been recognised by several awards, the most recent of which was "Gloucestershire Village of the Year" sponsored by Calor Gas. There is a Village Hall (used by the Church for various Holiday Clubs), a Community Association, a much-used Post Office and Store, two Public Houses and a small Restaurant on The Green. The Doctors' Surgery (dispensing) has three General Practitioners. Residents at the village's two Retirement Nursing Homes receive Holy Communion each month. More than twenty Clubs and Societies in the village provide opportunities for activities for all age groups, and include interests as diverse as cricket, football, tennis, sailing, amateur dramatics, riding, bird watching and country pursuits. The uniformed organisations attend two Parade Services a year, Mothering Sunday and Remembrance Sunday.

Annual events on The Green include the ancient Frampton Feast, now a funfair, and an Edwardian style travelling circus. On these occasions the Vicar celebrates with a service held on the Dodgems or in the Big Top. Frampton Country Fair in The Park celebrates country life and country sports.


Address: The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, GL2 7EH

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