Village Info

Village Info

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Population: 1,046 (2011 census)
OS grid reference: SP204198
Civil Parish: Upper Rissington
District: Cotswold Shire County Gloucestershire
Region: South West Country, England
Post Town: CHELTENHAM
Postcode district: GL54
Dialling code: 01451
Police: Gloucestershire
Fire: Gloucestershire
Ambulance: South Western
EU Parliament: South West England
Located: 51.87640°N 1.70507°W

Upper Rissington is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England. It is located about two-and-a-half miles east of Bourton-on-the-Water and is one of the highest villages in the Cotswolds at an elevation of 275 m. The village is on the former site of the Central Flying School and the airfield is still the active RAF site of RAF Little Rissington. Some of its housing was built as officers’ quarters from the 1930s to the 1950s. These were sold by the Ministry of Defence in 1996 to developers, who modernised the properties and sold them on. The street names give a clue to the village’s former life, having names such as Sopwith Road and Avro Road. The village has since been greatly expanded with many new houses built on the site of the old RAF hangars and ancillary buildings. Several of the buildings of architectural importance such as the Station HQ and the Officers Mess have been retained and converted into housing. The village is enhanced by the large numbers of mature trees planted by the first Station Commander which are now all protected.

According to the Gloucestershire Mid-2004 Ward and Parish Population Estimates it had a population of 994. According to the Local Insight Profile it had a population of 1040 in 2014 but this has since grown rapidly due to the new housing. The village is one of the youngest and most dynamic communities in the Cotswolds with 30% of the population under 18 Once famed for its social life in the old ballroom when it housed hundreds of young trainee pilots, the new village is now well known locally for community events such as its firework displays and football training.

Local churches have come together to start Cur:Ve a Christian group in the village focused on building the new community as well as introducing people to Jesus. Cur:Ve employ a full time worker focused on starting community activities such as sports and children’s groups.

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