Address: Church Road, Longhope, Gloucester, GL17 0LL.
Opening Times: During daylight hours
Facilities: Toilets, Accessible Toilet, Ramped Entrance (on request)
Parking: In Church Car Park opposite the Church
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Longhope (hope meaning an enclosed valley) is known for the attractive landscape which rises on either side of the road and the stream that stretches along the valley floor.
All Saints church is a Grade II listed building and is described as being a magnificent and prominent building dating back to the twelfth century situated in a very picturesque part of the village. Certainly, the encased spiral staircase leading to the tower could be dated to this time being Norman in design.
The church belonged first to the Abbey of Lyra in Normandy and afterwards to the priory of St. Mary and St. Florence in Monmouth, these facts appearing in a taxation return dated 1299. By 1340 the patronage had been transferred to the Crown and the date of the induction of the first traceable incumbent was 1st October that year. Surrounding the church is an extensive churchyard, extended north of the church in the 1940's.
There is a weekly 9.30am Sunday service comprising Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, Morning Worship on the 4th Sunday of the month and a lively family service on the 2nd Sunday of the month. All services are followed by tea and coffee and a time of fellowship. All are welcome to all of our services and the Longhope congregation pride themselves on being welcoming and inclusive.
There is an active group of 'Friends of Longhope Church' who are dedicated fundraisers who arrange various well-supported events. These include festivals, talks and concerts. These events not only raise considerable funds for the church but also provide an outreach into the community.
Hopebrook Church of England school lies in the parish and the church enjoys very close links with the school. The Priest in Charge is a governor of the school, takes services of collective worship throughout the term and helps to deliver the RE curriculum through visits and talks in church. There is also a wonderful, dedicated 'Open the Book' team who visit the school weekly during term time and bring the gospel to the children in a lively and accessible way. One of the Readers in the benefice delivers a weekly drama session based around biblical passages.
The ethos of All Saints Longhope is to further increase spirituality through God's love and words; worship; growing the congregations and engagement with the local community and beyond.
If you would like to find out more about the work of our benefice or have any questions, please contact our Priest in Charge - The Reverend Lara Bloom...
We take our duty to protect extremely seriously. Information about safeguarding arrangements in the Diocese of Gloucester, including contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, is available on the Diocesan website »
Our Parish Safeguarding Officers are...
Longhope: Judith Scott, 01452 831389
Huntley & May Hill: June Rollinson, 01452 830752
Churcham & Bulley: Frances Phillips, 01452 740040