What’s on


Our Sanctuary spaces are open for you to find some quiet, comfortable space, and you can usually find a chaplain there. You’re welcome to help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee – although just for the moment you’ll need then to take it outside…Here is some info about the Sanctuary spaces, and about our activities. You’ll also find our contact details – we would love to hear from you and we’re always up for a chat in person, on the phone or via email – do get in touch…

The Sanctuary@FCH – by the Chapel.    Simon Witcombe is based there.   

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

The Sanctuary@Oxstalls – opposite the Refectory. Sarah Rogaly, Jo Parkin or Atique Miah are often there.

The Sanctuary@Pittville – in the Laurie Lee building. Jon Travers is our volunteer chaplain there.

A Walk in the Park Our dog walking programme has started again! Come and join some of the chaplains and their dogs as we go for a walk in a local park. Please get in touch with Jo Parkin on 07801 183620 to find out when the next dog walk is happening.

Our Monday Midday Mindfulness is currently paused, but you can find lots of videos by Jo, and other resources, on our Mindful Moments Facebook group here. Practising mindfulness meditation is a great way to boost wellbeing, increase concentration and reduce anxiety & stress.

On Mondays at 5.15pm we usually gather at FCH for Cake and Chat – and now we’re meeting in person again – talking about all sorts of things and sharing all sorts of cake! Please let Simon know if you would like to join the group – 07715 041525 or switcombe@glos.ac.uk

Our international students are very welcome to join us for International Cafe on Wednesdays from 5.30pm. We are currently beginning meeting again in person – and also arranging some end of term trips. Email jparkin@glos.ac.uk for more information.

On Wednesdays at 8.45am we stream Midweek Prayer from our Facebook page, using lovely prayers by Tess Ward which explore the seasons, and the seasons of the heart. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.45am we share in Morning Prayer on Zoom – please email switcombe@glos.ac.uk if you would like to be invited.

Friday Prayers for Muslim students are usually held at Oxstalls Sanctuary Space and Park Sanctuary Space at 1.30pm, numbers permitting. Sadly at the moment they are not able to take place, but they will resume! Our prayer rooms are still available for private prayer. You can find the sermon for each Friday from Atique Miah, our Muslim Chaplain, on this blog. Feel free to contact him for more info: amiah3@glos.ac.uk  07801 676977 

You can find the latest info and our livestreamed events on our Facebook page (like it to stay in touch): www.facebook.com/UniversityofGloucestershireChaplaincy

We are also always happy to support our university students and staff, or just to have a chat – we’re good listeners! Why not arrange a walk and chat with one of us? You can email us at chaplaincy@glos.ac.uk or contact one of us directly:

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  (Weds 11 – 7 Fri 9 – 5)