Bourton on the Water
with St James', Clapton on the Hill
part of the Benefice of Bourton on the Water with Clapton & the Rissingtons
Great Rissington is a village about 3 miles from Bourton and roughly the same distance from Little and Wyck Rissingtons. It has a population of some 350 (approx 170 houses) and is essentially residential but there are a small
number of local businesses as well as some second homes and cottages providing holiday accommodation.
It has a circa 13th century church (first Rector 1233) with burial ground adjacent to a large, self styled manor house with extensive farming interests in the surrounding area. The former 18th century Rectory, now a private house, abuts the church. The village is a mixture of older properties built in Cotswold stone and a smaller adjoining estate of more modern properties. The village has people of all ages.
The Church of St John the Baptist is an attractive building with a fine square tower. It has the weekly, solid support from its smallish congregation (approx. 8-18 depending on the service). It currently provides a range of services but does its Festival Services particularly well. The latter are very well attended, well conducted, supported by a choir of village members, and for those services of a celebratory nature, are particularly joyful occasions.
The Church has a committed and dedicated PCC and a very active and accomplished team of bell ringers. Particularly encouraging of late has been the growing support of younger families with their children, and an increasingly close relationship with the Primary School for which it hosts end of term services. The Church attracts many visitors from all over the world.
The village is fortunate to have a primary school, nationally recognised as being of the very highest quality. Great Rissington also has a busy village pub, The Lamb, which serves meals and attracts short stay holiday makers. In addition the village offers various clubs and societies including a gardening club, reading club and ‘Fat Fighters’. The village’s other main amenity is ‘The Great Rissington Club’ which is located on the edge of the village in modern accommodation with a bar, meeting room, sports changing rooms and facilities for a variety of sports and social events, both public and private. It has an excellent cricket pitch which hosts the village team, and an archery club. A flourishing and well presented bi-monthly village magazine entitled ‘The Great Rissington News’ is produced by villagers and acts as an important focus point for the increasing number of village activities.