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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.