St Lawrence, Sandhurst
Jim Brown 01452 731900
Carolyn Wright 01452 731450
Church postcode: GL2 9NP
The church, which is kept open all day, is dedicated to St. Lawrence. In the earliest days it belonged to St. Oswold’s Priory in Gloucester, from which a chaplain was sent out to minister to the people. The present building is partly 14th century, but was mainly rebuilt in 1858. The belfry holds a ring of 8 bells. A team regularly ring for the main services, and also for special occasions. In 1996 a churchyard survey was carried out, when all memorials and their inscriptions were recorded, a copy of this is in the church and a map and index of names are on the back of the notice board in the car park. This was updated in 2017 and a complete index of names is kept in the church.
There is a committed and adaptable congregation with strong community links. Enthusiastic lay leaders help to run services and following installation of a kitchenette at the back of the church refreshments are served after most morning services.
2018 promises to be a busy year – just some of the events/activities are:
- The set of 33 handbells have been restored and look magnificent
- Regular film nights continue – showing films such as Shadowlands, Victoria and Abdul, Queen of Katwe
- Plant Sale on 28th April
- Barn Dance on June 23rd
- Flower festival for which the theme is ‘Strictly Music and Dance’ from June 29th- July 1st
- Quinquennial inspection in August
- Refurbishment of the vestry
- Harvest Supper in October
The PCC work closely with the Village Hall Committee who run a wonderful village hall right opposite the church. Find out more at:www.sandhurstvillagehall.co.uk