About Us

Westcote is a hill village of around 200 inhabitants just within the Gloucestershire border and about half-way between Burford and Stow on the Wold.    The settlement is in two halves - Nether Westcote and Church Westcote - separated by a small area of common land known as Tattle.   At nearly 700 feet, we have outstanding views across the Benefice in the Evenlode valley below, but winters can be cold when the east wind blows.

The parish church of St Mary’s is in Church Westcote. It is a small church seating around 70 people, and was heavily restored in the late 19th century. Although some interesting features may have been lost in the restoration, it now has a wide chancel arch giving good visibility into the chancel and towards the table. This alteration has made the church into an excellent venue for concerts and shows.

In the past Westcote had an Anglo-Catholic tradition in part due to the presence of an Anglican Nunnery in Church Westcote during the first half of the 20th Century. However, the villagers have always been Low Church and this tradition has been strengthened over the past few decades with a strong Evangelical emphasis, and close links with our friends at nearby Westcote Methodist Chapel.

There are weekly Sunday services, mostly Morning Prayer with one Holy Communion service per month. All services are taken from Common Worship.   Though we have big congregations on Holy Days and Festivals, our weekly average is 12, but they are friendly, mature Christians and our reputation for being welcoming has spread throughout the Benefice.  

Westcote is one of seven parishes in our Evenlode Vale benefice, under the ministry of Priest-in-Charge, Rev'd Oliver Strange.   For more details and resources our visit our website at  https://www.evenlodevalechurches.org/