Remembrance Sunday at Oat Street – earlier service time on 12 November

As usual, our 12 November Remembrance Sunday service here at Evesham will start at the earlier time of 10.50 am.  This is to allow a space for the two minutes’ silence at 11am.  Please therefore be sure to get to chapel early for what is always one of our most special services, being led this year for the first time by Lesley Harris.

Penny Quest will be leading Cheltenham’s  Remembrance service at the same time, and Alison Thursfield will lead a service at Gloucester at 3pm.

Everyone is very welcome to any of these, whether you are an old friend of one of our chapels or a first time visitor.

More details of forthcoming events across the Cotswold Group are available on our Calendar page here. 

Unitarian history talk in Malvern, Thursday 2 November

Kath Forder will be giving a talk on “Heretical histories; a brief look at heresy in the development of the Unitarian movement” at Progressive Christianity Network Malvern‘s “talk and discussion” evening on Thursday 2nd November.  It will take place from 7.30pm to 9pm at Holly Mount  United Reform Church, Great Malvern and admission is free although there is a suggested donation of £2 to include refreshments.  Everyone is very welcome to what is bound to be a very interesting evening!

Our Chapel open for Heritage Open Days Weekend, 9-10 September

As usual, Oat Street Unitarian Chapel, along with many other places in Evesham,  will be open to all this year on Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September  as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme.  Everyone is very welcome to come and visit our 18th Century Grade II* listed chapel as well as our beautiful peaceful burial ground/garden and our Gatehouse with its “hidden” Victorian scullery.

We will be open from 10am – 4.30pm  on Saturday and from noon until 4.30pm on Sunday after our usual 11am Sunday service, which you would also be very welcome to attend.   Refreshments will be available.   See you there!


Rev Spurr, Vicar of Evesham, to lead service at Oat Street on 16 July

On Sunday 16 July we are delighted to be welcoming Rev Andrew Spurr, Vicar of Evesham, to lead our 11am service here at Oat Street Unitarian Chapel.   As far as we can recall, this is the first time a Vicar of Evesham has led a service here in our chapel’s very long history.   We  hope that as many of the chapel’s members and friends as possible will be able to join us for this special occasion.

Our chapel open for tea and coffee, 10am – 1pm Saturday 27 May

Oat Street Unitarian Chapel will be open and serving tea, coffee and biscuits from 10am to 1pm this coming Saturday 27 May.    Either cool off in our historic Chapel interior, or take a seat in the town centre oasis that is our garden.  We can offer both a  welcome refuge from the heat and bustle and also a peaceful place for quiet contemplation.

There will be no charge for the refreshments but any donations would be very much welcomed.   Do come and pay us a visit.


Statement by the President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches about the attack in Manchester

Statement by Rev Charles VanDen Broeder, President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches and former Minister of Monton Church, Eccles, Greater Manchester.

“The tragic events in Manchester are shocking and incomprehensible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack. The response of the Manchester community at this time of great pain reassures us that the values of love and hope will triumph over those who wish to terrorise and divide.

There is no excuse for the taking of innocent life; especially of children and young people enjoying a night out. Unitarians and Free Christians stand with our fellow citizens in Manchester at this time. The City has shown the strength to renew its self after the IRA bombing of 1996 and I am sure it will do so again.”


Free live folk and poetry event at the chapel, Tuesday 6 June

Following the success of the poetry event we hosted for Evesham Festival of Words last year and the folk concerts we’ve held over the past couple of years we have decided to combine the two for 2017!  At 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 June all are welcome to join us for “Down The Old Asum Road,” a fringe event for 2017 Festival of Words. It will feature both music from Oat Street concert regulars Mike Weaver and Colin Pitt and new poems from Sue Johnson and Bob Woodroofe.    Admission is free, and you can bring your own drinks.  Books and CDs will be on sale.


Our annual Asparagus Lunch, Wednesday 10 May 2017

Every year, Oat Street Unitarian Chapel’s congregation hosts the Asparagus Lunch on behalf of “The Ministers’ Meeting” which is funded by the Midland Unitarian Association and meets four times a year, allowing all ministers from the Midlands district to get together, share experiences and support one anther.    Those attending  will have a service at noon led by Rev Ant Howe from Kingswood congregation, followed by the all-important lunch!

The Asparagus Lunch has a long, long history, however and was originally something a lot more covert!    As this article by Maureen Butler explains, it started life 225 years ago as a smokescreen for an illegal meeting by dissenting ministers back when non-conformists such as the Unitarians were a lot less free to practise than they are today….



Cotswold Group Winter Walk at Nailsworth, Sunday 29 January

On 29 January Cheltenham and Gloucester Unitarians are organising a Winter Walk from 2.30pm – 4.00pm following on from their Cafe Church event at Bayshill Unitarian Church.  Lifts will be available from the Church.   It will start at Ruskin Mill near Nailsworth and will be organised by Stephen Gutteridge, from whom more details are available on 07511 343606.  All other Cotswold Group congregation members and their families and friends are very welcome to join in with this.  After the walk, it’s probable that the Ruskin Mill will be closed, so we will probably go to Egypt Mill in Nailsworth instead for a well-deserved cuppa!

Special service on the theme of mental health, 22 January 2017

For Oat Street Unitarian Chapel’s 22 January 11am service we are delighted to have as our guest Sally Earley from Evesham and District Mental Health Support Services .  Sally will be giving the service’s Address in place of Rev Rob Whiteman and will be  talking about EDMHSS’s work, and mental health issues more generally.   Oat Street have a long relationship with EDMHSS; among other things, they were our chosen group to benefit from the annual 2014 Musyck Anon Christmas charity concert at the Chapel.  All are, as ever, very welcome.