What’s on


Hi everyone! Here’s are some of the activities which we will be offering this term You are very welcome to join in with any of them. You can also drop into the lovely Sanctuary spaces we host on each campus whenever you like, with free refreshments, comfortable seating and quiet areas. Scroll down to find out more about what we do and where we are….

Come for a dog walk with us… A great way to de-stress, meet others and get some dog time! We meet on Tuesdays at Oxstalls at 12.30pm outside the Business School, and in Cheltenham at 12.30pm either at FCH Chapel or outside the Laurie Lee Building at Pittville. Text Jo on 07801 183620 to join the WhatsApp group. (NB. The first dog walk at FCH/Pittville will be on Tues 13th Sept starting at 1.15pm). You can also join Jo’s dogs in the Sanctuary at Park on Tuesdays between 3-4pm for Doggy Drop in.

Everybody Sing! is on Wednesdays from 12.30pm – 1.15pm in FCH Chapel and from 2.00pm – 2.45pm at Oxstalls (meet at the Sanctuary). Join us for 45 mins of fun singing to brighten your day! To join the FCH WhatsApp group text Simon on 07715 041525 and for the Oxstalls group text Sarah on 07795 302687. Starts Weds 21st at FCH and Weds 28th at Oxstalls. Free chocolate on your first sing!

Would you like to help us develop our new Peace Garden at Oxstalls? We meet at 2.00pm on Thursdays in the Sanctuary before going out for some gentle gardening, and sharing then cake around the firepit. Text Sarah to join the WhatsApp group: 07795 302687. We’ll be gardening at Park too on Weds afternoons.

Our International Cafe is a great way for international students to get together – and for UK students to meet them too. We meet on Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm, for games, chat and hot chocolate and special events. Text Jo on 07801 183620 to join the WhatsApp group and check the venue etc.

Also for international students and others at Oxstalls: Sports activities on Mondays at 3pm in the sports hall oposite the Sanctuary and Cooking together on Fridays at 10am in the Sanctuary followed by eating! And there’s also cooking together at Park on Weds from 1-3pm (2nd and 4th Weds).

Cake and Chat – share some great cake and talk about all sorts of things… how lovely! Join us on Mondays at FCH Chapel at 5.00pm, and also at Oxstalls Sanctuary on Thursdays at 4pm. There will also be Craft and cake on Friday afternoons in the Sanctuary at Pittville from 2 – 3.30pm.

At Interfaith Lunch you can share ideas and a free lunch with students from different backgrounds and beliefs – on Mondays from 12.30pm in Park or Oxstalls Sanctuary. Text Jo on 07801 183620 to join the WhatsApp group .

There are opportunities for prayer and reflection, with Midday Prayer at 12.30pm on Thursdays in Oxstalls Sanctuary, Breathe on Fridays at 5.00pm in Park Sanctuary,and a simple Communion service in one of the Sanctuaries on Thursdays at 12.30pm – text Simon on 07715 041525 to join the communion WhatsApp group for the venue.

Friday Prayers for Muslim students and staff is led by Atique Miah at Oxstalls Sanctuary at 1.30pm followed by a Prayer Worshop. Contact Atique on 07801 676977 to find out about the prayer rooms in our Sanctuaries, and about our Muslim Union society.

You can find the latest info about all our activities on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UniversityofGloucestershireChaplaincy

Our Sanctuaries are lovely spaces with comfy sofas for chatting, quiet corners and free tea and coffee. Here’s where you can find them (and us!):

The Sanctuary@FCH – by the Chapel.    Simon Witcombe is based there. There’s also the the Small Sanctuary at FCH next to Reception with a prayer room and social space.

The Sanctuary@Park – by the Medical Centre. Jo Parkin is usually based there.

The Sanctuary@Oxstalls – opposite the Refectory. Sarah Rogaly and Atique Miah are based there.

The Sanctuary@Pittville – in the Laurie Lee building. Jon Travers is our volunteer chaplain there, and Jo is there on Friday afternoons.

We are always up for a chat – we’re good listeners! Send us an email or a text…

Simon Witcombe  switcombe@glos.ac.uk  07715 041525 

Jo Parkin  jparkin@glos.ac.uk  07801 183620  

Sarah Rogaly  srogaly@glos.ac.uk  07795 302687  (Tues – Thurs )

Atique Miah  amiah3@glos.ac.uk  07801 676977  (Mon / Weds/ Fri)