Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation members marked the completion of extensive repairs to its Grade II*-listed building with a rededication service.
Shul chair Jenny Silverston said the repairs were mainly to the lantern on top of the dome and to roof slates. "The project cost around £45,000. We had a £19,400 grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. The rest we had to find ourselves."
The Rev Malcolm Weisman led the service and long-time member Dr Elizabeth Jacobs spoke about growing up in the town and how an influx of Jewish servicemen and evacuees from London had brought new life to the community in the 1940s. Local civic and church leaders were among the congregation of 50.
Cheltenham has 60 members, mainly from the local and Gloucester area. The Orthodox shul holds regular Friday night services. Although they don't always attract a minyan, attendance is often swelled by people holidaying in the Cotswolds.