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eNews September 2020

Voyagers and Visionaries at 

Gloucester History Festival

 Eloise Hopkins
It Takes One Woman...
...The God Who Gave You Birth
In 1984, ten years before women were ordained in the Church of England, the Rev'd Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi came to St Mary de Crypt Church where she preached and celebrated communion.  How and why that happened is part of the extraordinary story of this Chinese Christian from Hong Kong, who became the first woman in the world to be ordained in the Anglican Communion. 

As part of Gloucester History Festival's City Voices programme we are holding a joint exhibition, telling Rev Florence's story alongside a display of the original artwork of Eloise Hopkins, author and illustrator of 'The God Who Gave You Birth'.   

There is more to explore via the History Festival website. Take a look at Discover DeCrypt and other city heritage sites on the interactive map 

Heritage Activity Pack 

For Gloucester History Festival we have put together a Heritage Pack for families with games, activities, quizzes and information about our buildings and their place in the life of the city. Come in and pick up your free pack and explore! 

If you can't visit in person, you can download our app from Google Play or the App Store and take a virtual tour, including a climb up the bell tower and a trip to the crypt! There are plenty of activity sheets to download from the website and you can visit Our Story pages to find out all about the history of these fascinating buildings. 

Every Friday...


Prayers for the City 


All are welcome.
Final places for Painting with Pastels Art Workshops - book now!

David Brindley will be running his popular one-day workshop Painting with Pastels next Saturday 12 September from 11am until 3pm.

Suitable for beginners or more advanced artists. David will teach the skills to make a still life or landscape using soft pastels. You should be able to complete two pieces, with a break for lunch in the middle of the day.

All materials will be provided and the workshop will be run in our Covid-secure space upstairs. Participants are asked to wear a fave covering and will be seated 2m apart from each other.

Visit the website to book:

What's the buzz in the churchyard?

We are delighted that the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's bee hotel, formerly in King's Square, has found a new home in St Mary de Crypt churchyard.

The bee was made by Fairshares community group with support from Gloucester City Council and funding from Grow Wild. It is part of a project to get local people involved with nature conservation, an incentive led by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. It 'landed' in King's Square in August 2018, but needed to move on when the refurbishment of the square began this year.

The sculpture, besides highlighting the importance of insect life to our environment, offers a physical home for bees and other insects, particularly important in the city centre.

Grow Wild brings thousands of people together each year to transform urban and unloved spaces with UK native plants and fungi. Supported by National Lottery funding, and through private and public contributions, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Discover DeCrypt hopes to organise some events around the bee hotel and pollinating insects over the coming year.
Churchyard Weeding Challenge

The weeds have flourished this summer and are busy setting seed.  We need plenty of hands to help as autumn approaches. Local residents, with the support of the City Council, are getting together to tidy up the churchyard before the winter.  

If you have some hours to spare and are interested in joining the gardening group, please get in touch with us and we will let you know what is happening.

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