The Greenway Benefice

The Greenway Benefice, comprising Holy Trinity Church, Badgeworth, the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Witcombe with Bentham, and St Paul's Church, Shurdington, lies to the south-west of Cheltenham.

The Benefice takes its name from The Greenway, the ancient drovers' road by which the sheep of Saint Peter’s Abbey, now Gloucester Cathedral, were driven from their winter quarters at Badgeworth to their summer past ures at Coberly and Cowley on the escarpment.The track goes up the slopes of Shurdington Hill from the A46 opposite the junction with Badgeworth Lane to the edge of the Barrow Piece Plantation and on towards Ullenwood.  

Most of The Greenway lies in the Parish of Witcombe with Bentham, but its lower reaches are in what most people would naturally think of as Shurdington, whilst its north-westerly continuation is Badgeworth Lane.

The Benefice is within the Severn Vale Deanery, formed in 2009 from the former Gloucester North and most of Forest North, and is prayer linked with the Benefice of Westbury-on-Severn with Flaxley, Blaisdon and Minsterworth. The Deanery is within the Archdeaconry of Gloucester.

There is a great variety of life in our parishes but a strong sense of unity and common purpose in the Benefice. 

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Churches in Benefice