St John the Evangelist, Pauntley, Gloucestershire

Harvest Supper at the Village Hall Friday 27th September

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Welcome to the website for St John the Evangelist's Church, Pauntley, Gloucestershire. 

St John's is an ancient Church in a rural setting; our regular congregation is small but we are always pleased to welcome visitors, whether from the area or outside of it.

Here you will find dates and times of regular Services and forthcoming events, some of the history of our Church, news and information about the Parish that surrounds it, together with contact details should you wish get in touch.

Set amongst fields with no village nearby, the Church looks as though it has never witnessed ambition or conflict, but this is the Church where Dick Whittington would have been christened and attended services in his youth - yes, he was a real person, not just a story book character - and which bears the scars of musket fire, damage inflicted during a Civil War skirmish between Royalists and Roundheads.

Even today it attracts visitors from around the world as well as all parts of Britain: it must be a fond memory to those who have emigrated, as many of their descendants come to visit the place they have heard remembered so vividly.


The Parish of Pauntley is one of the nine parishes that make up the Leadon Vale Benefice, together with Bromsberrow, Oxenhall, Ketford, Donnington, Preston, Redmarley and Dymock.

At present the Benefice is 'In Vacancy' ie we have no Rector, but it is hoped that an advertisement will be placed this summer and that the position will be filled by the end of the year.

 On 11th November 2018, Pauntley Church took part in 'Battle's Over' when 1,000 Churches nationwide rang their bells at 7pm to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the Great War.

With the church full, Rev'd Canon Tudor Griffiths, our Interim Rector, led a brief Service of Dedication for the perspex 'Tommy' figure kindly donated by Pauntley Parish Council in memory of the nine local men killed in the Great War.  Afterwards a Beacon was lit to join those across the world marking the end of the conflict.


*   A note about Pauntley's bells.... two of the bells are 14th Century, the third, the treble, was 'struck' in Gloucester in 1676 by John Palmer : they hang in the original medieval bell frame, believed to be the oldest in any church in the Diocese of Gloucester.

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The Church from the East
The original building is clearly visible between the later additions at each end.

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