Church begins 175th anniversary celebrations

Songs of celebration will start a year of festivities marking the anniversary of the opening of St Paul’s Church in Whiteshill.

Members of the congregation are planning a series of events in the run up to the date next year, which will commemorate the 175th year since the building’s consecration.

Work on the church, which was designed by Thomas Foster of Bristol, began in 1839 and it was finally opened for worship on 22 April, 1841. It is now a Grade II listed building.

Celebrations begin later this year with a concert to coincide with the anniversary of the building work beginning.  Three groups – Whiteshill and Ruscombe Community Choir, the Cotswold Youth Singers and members of Cotswold Playhouse – have agreed to take part in the special show.

Churchwarden Michael Bailey said: “We are planning a number of events over the coming year to celebrate the building and consecration of the church.

“Our first 175th anniversary event will be a gala concert on the evening of 12 June at St Paul's, the parish church for Whiteshill, featuring the Whiteshill and Ruscombe Community Choir.

“The choir was only formed two years ago, and were very impressive at the village's World War One Commemoration concert held last November.

“The other choirs will be the Cotswold Youth Singers, and a group of Stroud's Cotswold Playhouse players, who will perform some of the numbers from their summer production of Aspects of Love.”

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