The CURVE story began four years ago when Westcote Methodist Chapel building was being refurbished and the congregation needed somewhere to meet.  They were lent a building by Developers in the neighbouring Village of Upper Rissington.  The Parish of Upper Rissington was formerly Ministry of Defence property until being sold to a Developer in the 1990s.  The Village consists of some 450 occupied houses, and its only amenities are a Village Hall and Co-op Shop.  People commute to work, and children mainly attend schools in Great Rissington and Bourton-on-the-Water.  A Business Park makes use of the former aircraft hangers and workshops

By the time the refurbishment of Westcote Chapel was finished, there was a commitment not to leave Upper Rissington without leaving some evidence of a Christian presence in Upper Rissington.

Friendships   A number of people in neighbouring local churches caught a vision for what appeared to be an unChurched Village and without any church building.  The first regular initiative organised by these friends with a vision was a monthly Sunday Café in the Village Hall. This has now been running for 7 years. In addition to Sunday Café, we promote occasional events: Holiday Clubs for children, and all-age seasonal events such as Mothering Sunday, Father’s Day, Harvest and Christmas.  

Ecumenical  CUR:ve became an ecumenical partnership of local Anglicans (Bourton-on-the-Water), Methodists (Westcote) and Baptists (Bourton-on-the-Water) and in Autumn 2012 registered as a Charity with the Charity Commission Charity No 1149193. The objects of CUR:ve as described in our Constitution are to advance the Christian faith in particular but not exclusively by supporting the provision of leisure, recreational and sports facilities provided in a Christian ethos to nurture the life of the emerging Church in the community. CUR:ve also has the support of the wider Church from the Diocese of Gloucester, the Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold Circuit of the Methodist Church (Northampton District), and Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church as a member of the Baptist Union (West of England Baptist Association).


Management   The Management group consists of ‘not more than three members from each of the participating Churches’.

Rev Peter van de Kasteele, Mairi Radcliffe and Ann Jordan currently represent the Methodist Church.

An Advisory group with representation of the wider Church is responsible for the longer-term strategy and sustainability of what we are doing. Rev Soba Sinnathamby the Methodist Circuit Superintendent is part of this group.

CUR:ve and Sport   We have for some time been aware both of the exceptional young average-age of Upper Rissington residents, and also of the Church’s awareness today of sporting activity as a proper concern for Christians rather than the contrary, as well as sport being a significant place of meeting with young people.  We therefore sought funding in 2011/2012 to employ a full time Community and Sport Worker who would live and work in the village while doing a part time MA in Sport and Christian Outreach at the University of Gloucester.

Due to generous grants from The Joseph Rank Trust and Sylvanus Lysons Fund as well as support from the Methodist District, Circuit and Westcote Chapel , a job was advertised , interviews took place in May 2012 and an appointment made.

Community and Sport Worker Mr Rob French  moved into Upper Rissington in September 2012 and has integrated into the community and is involved working in local schools, the youth club and organises a variety of sporting activities for young and old. Rob’s house in the village is a focus of CUR:ves activities. For more detail see 'What's On… or CUR:ve Activities

Sunday Café is set to expand becoming Sunday Café Active and Sunday Café Plus …WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS

About us….


Rob French,

Community and Sport Worker

07906 301007

Mairi Radcliffe,


01993 831472


SUNDAY CAFÉ                         10.30am to 12.00noon

First Sunday of the month. In Upper Rissington Village Hall.Food, activities and time to talk

SUNDAY CAFÉ ACTIVE                               10.30am

Third Sunday of the month in Upper Rissington Village Hall. Craft and Sport activities for all with a brief act of worship followed by tea.  

Wednesday           10.00am to 12.00 noon

CAFÉ@CUR:ve     At 7 Hawker Square.Drop in for a Coffee and chat. Starting from 24.04.2013

CURVE CONNECT - House Group.                 7.45pm

Meets at  5 Avro Road, Upper Rissington

Friday                                                    6.30pm

Prayer, Food and Chat. Meet the CUR:ve team. Please ring Rob if you are coming.


FOOTBALL: on the playing field near the hall; just turn up and play

For School years 7-11 [led by Rob]       10.00-11.00am

For School Years  2-4  [led by parents]10.30-11.30am

Jogging and Fitness for All: Fun running/jogging sessions for all abilities and ages taking place on the main playing field from                          11:45am- 12:30pm

Whats on….

The Curve Project       Upper Rissington

CUR:ve Activities