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eNews October 2020
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Cultural Recovery Fund Grant for Discover DeCrypt  

We are thrilled to announce that Discover DeCrypt has been awarded £12,900 from the Culture Recovery Fund to support our work through these difficult times. We are one of 433 organisations across the country to receive a grant as part of the Government's rescue package for heritage. Together with ongoing generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it will help us to keep the buildings open and continue with our community projects despite the loss of income resulting from fewer visitors, events and bookings during the pandemic. Future plans include the return of some performance events and of the much-enjoyed tea and coffee provision in the Schoolroom. As part of these plans we will be partnering with other local organisations to offer training and work experience to young people currently without jobs, ensuring that heritage continues to play a central role in the community. 

Raising a Prayer:
Schools Prayer Bunting Display

We are delighted to be hosting a display of prayer bunting created by schools across Gloucestershire as part of a Diocesan Education Team project.

October Half-term School Prayer Bunting Project
In 2020, many of the Diocese of Gloucester Church of England schools participated in a wonderful prayer bunting project, decorating a tea towel, or 'prayer bunting' with their school logo, beautiful artwork and a school prayer. Discover DeCrypt and the Diocesan Education Team at the Diocese of Gloucester are delighted to be working together to showcase these from October half-term for a month at St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester. There will be a historic trail around the church as well as children's activities to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming one and all to come and look at the beautifully curated prayer bunting from our family of schools.

For schools wishing to visit please contact us in advance so we can make arrangements .
Every Friday...

Prayers for the City 


All are welcome
Churchyard Gardening...Rain or Shine! 

Every weekend...all welcome - please bring your own gloves & tools.

Great progress has been made in the churchyard despite the recent rain.  Weeds have been cleared and plants have been planted.  But there is still plenty to do, of course!  As the season turns and gardeners take cuttings, sow seeds and divide perennials, please do remember the churchyard. We will gratefully receive any surplus you have to help keep the weeds at bay. We also hope to have a plant sale in the spring to raise funds, so do think about contributing to that if you can.  We are still eager for helpers; come and lend a hand any time. Please be aware that you work in the churchyard at your own risk - there are bits of glass and other hazards, so do take care and wear suitable gloves. For more information or to offer your help contact us at
Support Gloucester  - Shop Local

We are proud of our shop and we'd love you to visit!  We stock a variety of very special gifts. Many are handmade by local craftspeople and small businesses, others support Fairtrade and enterprises in the majority world. All profits help to support these heritage buildings and the work that we do in the community. Come and browse!

  • Handmade trays, boxes, bowls and coasters by local craftsman Ron Aston
  • Plant labels, tiles, buttons and more by ceramicist Peter Garrard
  • Handmade and fairtrade cards
  • Unique Gloucester calendars and fridge magnets from Michael Whitefoot
  • Gorgeous soaps, melts and candles handmade by local small businesses
  • Replica pilgrims' badges and seals handmade in pewter
  • and lots more...
Of Earth and the churchyard

We are delighted to be part of Luke Jerram's Of Earth and Sky project. Texts were chosen from over 80 poems submitted by Gloucestershire residents.  The installation celebrates Gloucester's heritage and green spaces and responds to the climate crisis.  Come and see 'Miss you, mate'  for yourself in the churchyard or download the walking map at and visit them all! The installation continues until 1 November 2020.

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Project Office t:01452 305235

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