Bourton on the Water
with St James', Clapton on the Hill
part of the Benefice of Bourton on the Water with Clapton & the Rissingtons
Wyck Rissington village is a close knit community consisting of some 45 homes, a few of which are second homes, and we have one remaining working farm in the village. Because we are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty no new homes have been built since the 1960s. The demographics are gradually changing and some younger families have recently moved into the village.
St Laurence’s Church has recently undergone extensive roof renovations both inside and out, made possible by the efforts of ‘The Friends of St Laurence’ who have raised an amazing £303,000.
Gustav Holst was organist at the age of 18 and because of this we get many interested visitors, choirs and walking parties – in fact the Holst Way ends at the Church, and the Oxfordshire Way goes through the churchyard.
The church is open to visitors every day of the year.
Our four bells have just been rededicated after going away to be retuned, and the bell tower has been strengthened and renewed in part – the bells have been silent for 8 years up to this point so we are thrilled to have them working again, and now have an enthusiastic team of ringers ‘learning the ropes’ with the strong support of the Great Rissington bell ringing group.
Our services are a mixture of BCP and Common Worship and attendance at services varies but on average is about 10-12, with much larger numbers at Christmas, Easter, Patronal Festival, Remembrance Day and other ‘special’ services.
We are delighted for St Laurence’s to be used for other events, and our church is an attractive and special setting for weddings and we are happy to try and accommodate couples who would like to be married here.