Rudford has been a place of worship for 1200 years. The present church dates from the early Norman period, and its original architecture is perfectly preserved. It is situated on the River Leadon – now little more than a stream – which at one time was a major trading route to Gloucester. Despite its peaceful and secluded situation now Rudford was once a thriving Christian community.

The charming Victorian school room was extended and restored in 2008, providing comfortable seating, catering facilities and toilets.

The Wysis way passes beside the church and the local area is beautiful for walking and enjoying the countryside.


Rudford Retreats

‘Allowing ourselves space for God’

On the 3rd Thursday of each month.
10am – 3pm.
A rhythm of scripture, prayer and quietness in fellowship with others.

Rudford Retreats provide an opportunity to give space for God in our lives; to still ourselves, listen for God, and share in quiet fellowship with others.

Each day will be shaped around a passage of scripture appropriate to the season which is offered as our starting point for reflection and prayer.

Rudford Retreats are run by a small team:
Rev Helen Sammon
Rev Liz Palin
Mrs Rosie Clifford

Drinks are served on arrival and later in the morning; and a simple lunch provided. You may wish to share in conversation with others during these times or continue in quiet.

The days are suitable for all: for those familiar with retreats, as well as those exploring such days for the first time.

Each retreat stands alone. Some people may wish to come occasionally and others more regularly. The programme of each day follows the same pattern, allowing us to be refreshed by the rhythm of prayer, fellowship and quietness.

Some quotes following the first Rudford Retreat in May :

An excellent day – lovely to have space “to be”. I will certainly be returning!
Great lunch too!

It has been a day of blessings. The format worked well, giving food for thought as well as time for reflection, and space to hear from God.

“Enfolded in love” is how it has been for me from beginning to end. Ministered to in body, soul and spirit. Such a special place of heaven touching earth.

Booking : please complete and return the booking form. If you have any questions please contact the team on


or Phone 01452 306433.

Cost : the cost of each day is £12-00, payable in cash, or cheque to ‘Rudford PCC’, to be brought on the day.


How to get there : GL2 8DT. (less than 10 minutes from Gloucester and approx. 20 mins from Cheltenham)
From the A40 west of Gloucester, take the B4215 to Newent soon after Over farm shop. 2 miles along the road take a small turning signed to Rudford Church at the brow of a hill. The church and school room are ½ mile on at the end of the lane.

Retreat dates for 2018.

January 18th ‘When they saw that the star had stopped they were overwhelmed with joy’

Matthew 2:10
February 15th ‘Jesus full of the Holy Spirit returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness’  Luke 4:1
March 15th ‘In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…. a wind from God swept over the face of the waters’  Genesis 1:1-2
April 19th ‘Blessed are those who have not seen but believed’  John 20:29
May 17st ‘The wind blows where it wills….’  John 2:8
June 21th ‘The sun shall not harm you by day nor the moon by night’  Psalm 121:6