The Bells - latest
Great excitement was in the air on Thursday, 9th November when our refurbished bells together with our two new bells, returned to Blockley Church to be hallowed the next day.
As the truck bearing the bells pulled into the churchyard, Blockley shop customers, cafe patrons and passers-by all clustered round to see the bells close up.
With much heaving and tugging the bells were carefully off loaded and arranged in the church together with some of the new headstocks.
By the time of the service the bells were displayed in all their glory, complete with floral decorations on the new and recast bells.
The assembled congregation of over two hundred people witnessed Asst.Diocessan Bishop Christopher Hill (formerly the Bishop of Guildford), anoint both the two new bells and the recast tenor bell with oil, and dedicate them to the service of God.
Following the blessing Bishop Christopher offically made the churchwardens responsible for the future welfare and safekeeping of the new peal of now 10 bells.
And there was a wonderful surpise for Ann Bourne too.
As she inspected the new headstocks she saw that one of them was cast with her name in tribute to her many years of bell ringing in Blockley church and as Tower Captain.
Her husband Jeremy had arranged this and somehow had managed to keep it secret for many months!
Following the service the congregation enjoyed canapes and wine in special celebration of this once in a lifetime occasion.
Although unable to join in the service, Barry High, the centenarian member of our congregation, visited the church a few days later to view the tenor bell for which he generously sponsored the cost of recasting.
Despite all the setbacks and delays along the way, Taylors have set a date of 27th November to return to the tower and start on the final lap of rehanging our bells. We are hoping and praying that all goes smoothly and the bells will be ringing for Christmas.
For further information on the project and how to make a donation see 'Bell Appeal 2016/7' It's never too late!
Junior Church and more.....
Our church in Blockley is growing, and with growth comes opportunity and challenge.As a result a Junior Church is to be introduced on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
The new Second Sunday at Six , will be a service for those looking for something different. Candles reflection , prayer and music, and a quiet space to meet with God. Starting on 12th November and continuing in the New Year.
Operation Christmas Child
Join in the world's largest Children's Christmas project by making up a shoebox filled with a suitable variety of gifts that a needy child will love. Pick up a leaflet from church which explains how and who will receive your gift, and gives some pointers as to contents. Filled shoeboxes may be dropped off at church between 1st - 18th November to ensure they reach their destination in good time for Christmas. This project shows God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.
Following last year's distressing theft of our church silverware, negotiations with insurers Ecclesiastical lead to the commissioning of replacement items from Harts Silversmiths of Chipping Campden.
Several of the pieces were made many years ago by Harts in their workshop at the Guild of Handicraft.
They have been now been
faithfully recreated from the orignal drawings by William Hart, grandson of the founder Henry Hart.
Cakes & Co Celebrates its 15th Birthday
It seems incredible that Cakes & Co has been entertaining senior members of our village community to tea for an amazing 15 years. To mark the occasion Dana issued an invitation to enjoy tea on the vicarage terrace.
And what a great time was enjoyed by all - the sun shone, the views were fantastic, and the tea and cakes superb thanks to the team of volunteers who make up Cakes & Co.