Despite having growth since the 1960's, Whitminster remains a predominately rural parish. Formerly known as Wheatenhurst, which is still the name given to the area around the parish church.
We are approximately five miles west of Stroud, and six miles south of Gloucester, with J13 of the M5 motorway about 1 mile away, and the A38 (Roman road) being the main road commuter route through the village.
PDF Map of Village
The road through Whitminster from the A38 is School Lane, and goes on past the turning for Saul to the picturesque village of Frampton-on-Severn, where the nearest Doctor’s Surgery is situated. At Saul there is a canal boat marina, accessed via the Stroudwater canal from the Gloucester and Sharpness canal. Whitminster Parish Church, dedicated to St. Andrew is close by the marina, as is the proud Whitminster House, a forerunner of which was recorded in the doomsday book. These two lie back from the leafy lane and are alongside the river Frome in a lovely countryside setting, with splendid walks around the church, the canal and the river.
|St Andrews Church|
At the start of School Lane, from the A38, is the Village Hall, first built in 1938, and refurbished and extended in 2007. The hall represents the hub of the village, and hosts a wide variety of activities, times and dates of which can be found on its notice board on the wall facing the road.
|Whitminster Village Hall|
|Whitminster Endowed C of E School|
Along School Lane in a westerly direction, after the mini-roundabout is the village Primary School. Behind the school is the village playing field. The village currently has four football teams, (two of which play regularly at home) and two cricket teams, all using the facilities, including changing rooms and showers, in their seasons. Older children are catered for with a skateboard ramp, and a hard surfaced area with a basketball hoop and practice goal, as well as a Rock’n’Cross type see-saw for up to twelve year olds. There are play facilities for younger children in the Little Holbury and Kidnams Walk housing estates.
|Rock 'n' Cross & Basket Ball Hoop|
|Anyone for a game of Cricket?|
|Playing Field & Sports Pavilion|
Whitminster is fortunate to have three hostelries in the village. The Whitminster Inn complex comprises a hotel, with function centre, Chinese, Indian and English restaurants and fast food outlets. The Olde Forge being a village pub and restaurant and between these two is the village shop with all its amenities. These are situated on the eastern side of the A38, opposite the village hall. Southwards on the A38, off the roundabout at the bottom of the hill is The Fromebridge Mill, a pub with restaurant and function facilities alongside the river Frome.
|The Olde Forge and Whitminster Stores|
|The Whitminster Inn|
Back up the hill and on the left is Highfield Garden World and World of Water. This complex incorporates many different sales areas, including a Post Office outlet.
Further on towards Gloucester is the Attwoolls Camping Centre, which sells everything from camping to skiing needs, as well as manufacturing and hiring out marquees of all shapes and sizes. Close by is the Teckels Animal Sanctuary, a boarding home for cats and dogs, as well as providing a refuge for unwanted or badly treated pets.
Whitminster Village Website : http://community.stroud.gov.uk/default.asp?pid=16
Bus Service to Stroud : Cotswold Green http://cotswoldgreen.blogspot.com/
Service No 242, runs on a Friday leaving Whitminster at 9.55am and arriving in Stroud at 10.34am passing through Stonehouse. The bus then returns by leaving Stroud Merrywalks Bus Station at 12.35pm and arriving in Whitminster at 1.09pm.