Events Calendar

Christmas concert at Rodborough Church
Saturday 21 December 2019

Thomas Saves Christmas
A Christmas Story with music

Written by local authors Katie Fforde and Jane Gordon-Cumming and narrated by Dominic Cotter from BBC Radio Gloucestershire. With music from Stroud’s Thames Head Singers, directed by Andrew Hopwood and accompanied by Julian Elloway

At St. Mary Magdalene Church, Rodborough on Saturday 21st December at 7pm


Join us for a unique and enchanting evening featuring a specially written story about Thomas the Tank Engine, by local authors Katie Fforde and Jane Gordon-Cumming and narrated by BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Dominic Cotter. A festive treat with a difference that all ages will enjoy.   

This special event includes Stroud’s Thames Head Singers performing a variety of festive and ‘locomotive’ songs including a very special adaptation of Chattanooga Choo-Choo with new words by Jane Gordon-Cumming and arranged by Musical Director, Andrew Hopwood. There will also be opportunities for the audience to join in with traditional Christmas carols in the time-honoured fashion! Seasonal refreshments will be served during the interval.

For the full programme click here.

Thomas the Tank Engine has a very special place in the heart of Rodborough residents.  There is a beautiful and moving stained glass window in the parish church, commissioned by Thomas’s creator, the Reverend Awdry, in memory of his wife.  The Reverend Awdry and his wife retired to Rodborough and he was a frequent preacher at the church during his long retirement in the parish.  

Tickets are available from The Prince Albert Inn, Rodborough and on the door (subject to availability). Adults £10 children £3.

All proceeds from the evening will go to Rodborough Church to fund major repairs and upkeep.

Parking will be available at Stroud Rugby Club with a free shuttle bus to the church from 6.15pm.  Parking near the Church is extremely limited and the roads are very narrow.



Parking is at Stroud Rugby Club, opposite B&Q – Dudbridge Hill, Stroud GL5 3HS.

Free shuttle buses will be in operation to and from the church from 6.15pm. Please arrive early to allow time for the bus to get you to the church.
One of the shuttle buses is specially equipped for those who are less mobile. 

The concert is at Rodborough Parish Church (St. Mary Magdalene), Church Place, Off Walkley Hill, Rodborough, Stroud, GL5 3NF.

Parking near the church is extremely limited.