Our Parish

The Parish of Tilehurst : St Catherines and Calcot : St Birinus covers much of the western edge of Reading.  It straddles the border of West Berkshire and Reading local authorities.

The parish church is called St Catherine of Siena and is found in the heart of our parish.  It is in the middle of a 1960’s housing estate in Wittenham Avenue, opposite Birch Copse primary school.

The St Birinus church building is no longer owned by the Church of England.  More details on the old St Birinus parish can be seen below.  More details on the building can be found here. 

Cornwell Community Church met in the Cornwell Center  until summer 2019.  More details about Cornwell Community Church can be found here.

However, the church is not a building, and is not restricted to a patch of land.  A church is a worshipping group of people.  Why not join us ?

Current Parish Boundary

Parish Map

Current Parish Boundary, showing location of St Catherine’s, St Birinus and Cornwell churches

The current parish boundary is shown on the right.  Click on the map for a larger version.

If you’re not sure whether you reside within our boundary, goto the directory of Church of England churches at https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ .  You can enter your address or postcode to see whose parish you reside in.

Parish Boundary Changes of 2007

On 1st October 2007 the new parish of “Tilehurst St Catherine and Calcot St Birinus” was formed from segments of the two earlier parishes “Tilehurst St Catherine of Siena” and “Calcot St Birinus”.  The changes to their original boundaries were as follows :-

  • The part of the former St. Birinus Parish, south of the A4, joined with Southcote St. Matthew.
  • The part of the former St. Birinus Parish, east of Langley Hill, joined Tilehurst St. Michael.
  • The part of the former St Catherine’s Parish, north east of Dark Lane, joined Tilehurst St. Mary Magdalene.

Original Boundaries

The pre-2007 original boundaries of the two parishes are shown in the maps below.  Click on each picture for a larger version.

Original St Birinus Boundaries

Original boundary of St Birinus parish.

Original St Catherine's Boundaries

Original boundary of St Catherine’s parish