Fretherne, St. Mary's Church

The whole Benefice sits in the horseshoe of the River Severn and Fretherne is in the centre. Fretherne is a small parish, where the church is our focal point.

Fretherne Church is known as a Mini Cathedral of Gloucestershire. It is a tiny Church of great beauty and with a great depth of history dating back over 700 years recently researched and documented. It was restored in Victorian times and is of interest to the Bristol Victorian society.

The church has a monthly all age service, often followed by lunch which is very poplar. Festival services such as Harvest, Easter and Christmas see the church full.

We have volunteers who keep the churchyard mowed and tidy, the church cleaned and flowered as well as the brasses polished.

We have fundraising events during the year into which we throw a tremendous amount of effort. These include a bacon butty morning on the first Saturday in the month. We also gift aid our giving.

Fretherne is rural with the population mainly from the farming fraternity so our village is not empty during the day. We also have a wholesale nursery production site opposite the church which employs many people so we have many outsiders coming into the village daily.

Fretherne no longer has a school, shop, pub, village clubs or community centre. Our Church is our focal point and heart of our community.


Address: The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Fretherne, Gloucestershire, GL2 7JF

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