A very warm welcome to our website where you can find out about the parish of Parkend and Viney Hill in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Since 2007 we have been a Local Ministry Benefice under the Diocese of Gloucester's scheme, which encourages the use of all our gifts and talents in God's service in this local area in which we live and work. We share our faith in Jesus Christ by ministry through our worship, our fellowship and practical care to the community, also working closely with other local churches.

In 2008 we became a United Parish with our two parish churches of St Paul's, Parkend and All Saints', Viney Hill. These buildings stand as witnesses to God's presence and places of prayer to encourage our Christian life. They are also special places for many people due to family or community connections and we seek to make them hospitable places of welcome.

Whatever has drawn you to look for us, we hope this site will be helpful to you.

Before going to print but too late to get more information, our interview team met with the Area Dean Chris Maclay to look through the applications that have been received. It is good to know there has been some interest, so let’s hope our new Minister is among those who come for interview. As ever, please hold in your prayers, all those involved in the process. Please pray for those being interviewed that they will have the qualities and skills we are looking for and for the interviewers that they will have the discernment to choose wisely and step out in faith to seek God’s will for our church.


What is the FestivALL?

FestivALL is a month of events bringing people closer together – celebrating the communities in which we live and work. There will be parties, picnics and coffee mornings, arts, sports and music events, as well as other shared activities you can join in, all taking place across Gloucestershire and beyond. FestivALL aims to break down barriers in our communities across ethnicity, faith, ability, sexual orientation, class, age and gender and create opportunities for us all to discover more about the people, places and organisations in our area. FestivALL is all about coming together, talking, sharing and celebrating – but most of all, having fun.


Thank you to those who have started grass mowing in St Paul's churchyard. It would seem that this regular mowing helps the many types of fungi we see in the autumn.
Prayer walk.
A new prayer walk will be in Parkend as part of our FestivALL celebration.

Recently I met with the chairman of the Forest of Dean Branch of the Gloucestershire Family History Society who have completed their survey of memorials in the Lych Gate and current churchyards. Also, many, if not all of the memorials in the church have been recorded. Details of the churchyard memorials will be available from the group at a later date. They will acknowledge the work that Geoff Waygood and Ida Bond completed on the memorials in the old churchyard.

With better days we are getting more visitors to both churches looking for family graves, so the surveys will be a useful resource. Recently, one family had found graves but then asked me if anyone in the local area could help them with some family history. Their grandmother was Gladys Butson who married Reginald Kemp in 1923. She was sister to Brau Butson who lived at Mount Pleasant. They would be grateful if anyone in Parkend knows anymore about the family. If you do know anything could you please contact me and I will pass information on.

Trish Ducker Churchwarden
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