Church News

News from St. Peter’s Church



Priest-in-Charge: Revd Rachel Saum

Tel: 01594 780173 


Assistant Curate:  Revd Brian Brobyn  Tel: 01594 516814

e-mail: the

Pioneer Curate: Revd Gilly Traverse


Reader: Nigel Hughes Tel: 01594 516411


Church Warden: Bev Bowles Tel: 01594 516476;


The Church is open every day.


and Newnham’s Community web site:

SEE ALSO FACEBOOKSt-Peter’s-Church-Newnham  and also Newnham-on-Severn-Noticeboard

  • Tuesday Bible Study: 10.00 for coffee then 10.30-11.30am for Bible Study and  7.30 for 8-9pm at 3, Whetstones, Newnham.  Contact
  • Transport needed:  One of the residents of The Grange needs to be taken home after each service due to mobility difficulties.  If you would like to go on the rota please contact Nigel Hughes.  It would be much appreciated.  (01594 516411)



 every Saturday 10.30-12.30pm.

Each week the cafe is run by a different Charity.

Do come along and have home-made cake and a cuppa and have a chat

AT the next Coffee Morning, 25th November we will be raising funds to buy cans of food, batteries, ‘flu remedies to take to the Ukraine Church in Gloucester who, in turn take out provisions to Ukraine on a regular basis.  Do come along, between 10.30-12.30 for a coffee and a piece of cake and support our morning.  Thank you.

CHOIR PRACTICES are on Tuesdays  in St Peter’s Church at 3.00-3.45 in daylight! For enquiries, call Jill on 516511 (not on the first Tuesday of the month) Please note, the next one is on 21st November

Prayer Breakfast: 8.30am First Sunday of the Month.  Contact Nigel Hughes on 516411  or on

NEWNHAM’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET is THIS THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 6PM-8PM in St Peter’s Church  Entrance £3 (cash only) children are free.  All visitors will receive a free glass of mulled wine or soft drink and a mince pie. Over 20 stalls will be there Please be prepared to pay in CASH due to unreliable wifi.  Newnham Post Office is open for banking until 7pm

PLEASE, NO MORE BLISTER PACKS IN CHURCH. We cannot find a home for them now, so cannot go on collecting them.  If we find somewhere else to take them, we will say.

PLANNING FOR THURSDAY LUNCHES After the success of the Thursday Lunches last autumn/winter, we are hoping to relaunch them in January 2024 .  We need a sizeable team!   If you are interested in helping with making soup, baking, serving or washing up, please contact Rev. Rachel or Bev Bowles.

LINK TO HOPE Nicky Moscrop organised the Shoe Boxes this year.  Over 40 boxes were delivered to Chepstow for their onward journey. Our thanks go to Nicky for all her work.

Help for the people of Ukraine:  The Ukrainian Church in Gloucester is still collecting much needed items for Ukraine.  The box is still by the door in St Peter’s Church.  Please help if you can.  What is most needed are tins of food that can be eaten from the tin, beans and sausages, fruit, soup.  Also batteries are very much wanted.  Our batteries will fit what is needed there.  Shipments go out regularly.  We deliver these items direct to the Ukrainian Church.

PEW SHEETS We are producing a benefice weekly sheet instead of each church having their own.  We are looking for volunteers from across the benefice to write short prayer prompts each week.  If you would be interested in joining the team, please contact Revd Rachel.  If you would like to receive these Pew Sheets via e-mail, contact Bev on 516476

FOREST FOOD BANK Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to our food bank collection box. We will be delivering these items to one of the collection points later this  month. Our donations are very much appreciated, and are distributed throughout the Forest of Dean district.

See Services Page for the details or consult the Parish Magazine available in Church or at the Shop@The Ship




For Weddings and Funerals, please speak to Revd Rachel Saum 01594 780173 or contact the Church Warden

Every is Welcome.

If you are in a “vulnerable” household and want to talk through any queries please call Revd Rachel Saum on 01594 780173

If you know of someone who is alone with no help and you are unable to help, please contact the the Church Warden of St Peter’s Church. Bev Bowles 01594 516476,  or contact Revd Rachel on 01594 780173


THE FIFTEEN BELLS PARISH MAGAZINE  is on sale in Church and at the Shop @ The Ship in Newnham, and in Blakeney Post Office and in the porch of St Andrew’s Awre @50p



Take a stroll through some of Newnham’s social history with this graveyard guide.  Visit some of the gravestones and memorials of people who have lived and died in Newnham over more than three hundred years with a short explanation for each one.  Pick up a free leaflet from the church and go and explore.

Churchyard Map  designed by Sandra and Graham Champken.

Newnham History Group some years ago created a detailed map of the entire churchyard, which will enable visitors with Newnham links to find their ancestors more easily.  The main map is complemented by a number of enlarged sections (which are easier on the eyesight) and a spreadsheet name index (arranged in alphabetical order of surname) which contains the names of more than 2,000 people commemorated on gravestones.  These items are displayed permanently in the church.


 For detailed information on all Services go to Services at St Peter’s or see the Parish Magazine

Go to Services (the link is at the top of this page) in our church

Bell Restoration

Newnham Bells Appeal – external website