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Woolstone: St Martin of Tours

tn_300Woolstone_St_Martin_-_Exterior_3Like Oxenton, Woolstone is a tiny community with just a few houses and a couple of farms, lying in the parish of Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton. But it too has a good church building with plenty of interest. For one thing, the tower leans alarmingly - at a greater angle, in fact, than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Happily it's been very strongly underpinned and is in no danger of falling down.

Click here for an accurate map of Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton ecclesiastical parish.

Woolstone's other claim to fame is that it was the scene of a murder during the time of the Wars of the Roses. Such an shocking act rendered the church deconsecrated, and in order to be fit for worship it had to be re-consecrated. When this was done, a Reconsecration Cross was marked or inscribed somewhere: Woolstone still has a cross marked on the wall to commemorate this event.

Woolstone shares a monthly pattern of worship with Gotherington and Oxenton shown below:

1st Sunday at 11.15 - Parish Communion at Oxenton

2nd Sunday at 11.15 - Parish Communion at Woolstone

3rd Sunday at 08.00 - Communion (BCP) at Oxenton

and at 11.15 - All Age Family Service at Gotherington Church Centre

4th Sunday at 11.15 - Parish Communion at Woolstone

5th Sunday - as announced

Occasionally we vary the pattern, so we encourage you to look at Calendar of Worship Services for up-to-date information. We also publish details at A Church Near You - Woolstone, St Martin de Toursbut in any case please feel free to contact the Church Office for any query about Christian life in Woolstone.


More views of the Church

Click on any photo for a larger version.

Inside the church:


The Rededication Cross:




Woolstone: Bells

Woolstone has 6 bells, listed in the table below. They form a light ring, with slightly quirky behaviours: but they sound sweet and we ring them regularly for practices and for worship. We welcome visiting ringers and anyone who'd like to learn to ring the bells: so if you're interested, get in touch (contact the Church Office) or come to one of our practices on the Second Saturday of each month at 10.30. And do have a look at the photographs elsewhere on this page.

Click here for the main page on bells at Bishop's Cleeve

Woolstone, Glos
S Martin of Tours
Bell Weight Nominal Note Diameter Cast Founder Canons
1 1-3-13 1962.0 B 19.50" 1974 John Taylor & Co F
2 2-0-25 1742.0 A 21.00" 1974 John Taylor & Co F
3 2-1-24 1555.0 G 22.38" 1974 John Taylor & Co F
4 2-3-7 1467.0 F# 23.50"  1974 John Taylor & Co F
5 3-3-16 1308.0 E 26.63" 1974 John Taylor & Co F
6 4-3-8 1152.0 D 29.50" 1678† Tobias III Norris R


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Sunday 30 April

8.00 Holy Communion (said)
9.30 Holy Communion (with Choir)
11.15  Morning Worship (with Music Group)

Newsletter for 16 April
News from Gloucester Diocese


Services & Events
Church Diary (internal use)
St Michael's Centre / Hall

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