The Parish of English Martyrs

The Church of the English Martyrs is situated at 247 Tuffley Lane, Gloucester (GL4 0NX). The complex is visible from Cole Avenue, it is well signed from the dual carriageway and there are excellent parking facilities in the grounds which are lovingly tended by team of parishioners. The church, itself, is modern, built during the mid 1980s, and includes a meeting room and a parish office.

Mass is celebrated on Sunday mornings at 9.00am and the church is normally packed with young families together with those who have been part of this community for far longer. New parishioners are encouraged to become involved with music, serving and other ministeries. Children’s Liturgy is an established feature of life at English Martyrs and there is a good team of leaders. The church is warm and the congregation is friendly.

We also have regular Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass is normally celebrated at 10.00am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. However, it is always wise to check the latest newsletter so as to confirm these times.

After the Sunday Mass there are always refreshments in the parish room – a rich selection of drinks and confectionary, and an opportunity to chat with other parishioners. During the year there is also a programme of social events to help build up community life – quizes, fetes, coffee mornings, musical evenings.

Marisa Wood is the parish administrator and she is available to answer your enquiries when the office is open.

Come along and share the English Martyrs’ experience!

Music and Choir at English Martyrs

Music is an important part of our worship. The choir at English Martyrs would be delighted to have new people join them. Whether as singer or instrumentalist you would be welcome. So, if you play an instrument or enjoy singing, come and join us! We practise once a fortnight at 6 pm on a Friday. If you’re interested, please speak to Sally Boughton or George O’Neill.



The history of English Martyrs goes back to the early 1940’s. On 14 March 1943 the first mass was said in the Northfield Hotel in Southfield Road. A site was then purchased in Southfield Road and a wooden hut was constructed. This hut was blessed by Father Roche on 13 July 1947 and dedicated to the English Martyrs. In February 1965 work started on a permanent hall to replace the hut. The first mass was said in the new hall in January 1966. The later sale of this hall funded the construction of the church in Tuffley Lane, the present site, which was completed in 1980. The first mass was celebrated on 29 June 1980.

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Summer Fetes 2022, 2023

Visit the following links to view images from the recent Summer Fetes.

[ English Martyrs Summer Fete 2022 ]

[ English Martyrs Summer Fete 2023 ]

Other Activities Photos

Visit the following links to view images from other activities
[ Christmas Hampers 2023 ]

English Martyrs Parish Hall

The parish hall is spacious and new. It forms an active part of the social life at English Martyrs. Also, parishioners may hire the facilities for private events. To enquire about booking please contact Marisa.

It is also available for general booking by businesses, clubs and organisations. If you have a need of a place to hold regular events then we can accommodate.

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