Rector's welcome

Warm greetings and thank you for visiting our website. 

Our benefice of nine parishes lies along the upper reaches of the River Churn which rises at Seven Springs near Coberley just South of Cheltenham. The river flows from the Cotswold Edge towards Stratton, one mile north of Cirencester then onwards onto the Thames Valley plain.

The Cotswold Hills have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Churn Valley is sparsely populated with villages nestling beside the river. The countryside is ideal for walking, cycling or riding.

Stratton near Cirencester is a suburban environment with both long-established and more recent housing estates. The benefice has three CofE Controlled Primary Schools and I am a Foundation Governor of North Cerney and Stratton schools whilst the Revd Cliff Pooley is a Foundation Governor of Coberley Primary School.

Rendcomb College is a well-regarded independent school with 100 boarders and 300 day pupils, it has its own Chaplain. The National Star College in Coberley is an independent specialist further education college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties. This college has a multi-faith outreach worker.

In Lent and Advent there are Bible study courses led by a lay member from Bagendon. There is a Bible Study on the first Wednesday of each month in the Upper Churn parishes.  On the Saturday before Palm Sunday a benefice walk takes place from Coberley to Colesbourne, taking in Cowley and Elkstone along the way. On Good Friday, there is a walk from Rendcomb by way of North Cerney, Bagendon and Baunton with time for reflection in each parish church, before ending up at Stratton Church to enjoy hot cross buns. 

Please come and join us!

The Revd David Minns
Rector, Churn Valley Benefice