Doreen awarded the British Empire Medal
In the 2019 New Year's Honours list, Doreen Robinson - our director of music, was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the community of Blockley, Gloucestershire.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie OBE, DL, presented Doreen with her medal on Sunday, 19th May during the 9.30am service.
An Eco Award for our Church too!
Saving the planet has been in the news a lot recently, so it is timely that in our church's quest to be more eco-friendly, it has achieved a Silver Award in the Rocha UK Eco Church project.
Rocha UK in partnership with Christian Aid, have invited churches to consider not just how they can use less electricity or water, but to also think about how they are caring for God's earth in different areas of their life and work.
To find out more about how the award works CLICK HERE
Blockley church is considering many aspects of life - just one example is stopping the use of Oasis for flower arranging, and it is encouraging the use of alternatives both at church and in the home. Contacts among our congregation for supplies of green alternatives to everyday items are
Dana - Toilet paper & Tissues
Sandra Gee/ Old Farm - Household cleaning materials & bars of soap
Rhea Bazeley - Waxed cloth to replace clingfilm
Ginny Williams Ellis - Garden products
.....and if you are stuck for a perfect gift for the person who has everything, how about Toilet Twinning! CLICK HERE for details
Patronal Festival Barbecue
Thankfully after the 35 degree heat of the previous day, the sun still shone but the temperature lessened making for a great occasion. Biff did a splendid job with the BBQ cooking (especially the sausages - oh soo good!), and with a glass of wine or beer to hand the party went with a swing.
Children enjoyed the activities on hand, especially the impromptu 'lawn sledging' , and the cooling paddling pool, soft drinks and ice cream.
A big thank you to all concerned.
There will be a confirmation service in October and if anyone is interested Dana would be delighted to hear from them.
A one-bedroom flat is available to rent at Orchard Bank in Blockley.
Orchard Bank has eight appartments set amidst lovely gardens on the High Street. A daily main meal is freshly cooked on site for residents and anyone over 60 is eligible to apply. Application should be made to Sandra Gee on 01386 700410 and to find out more about Orchard Bank CLICK HERE
The Father 'Brownees'
When the BBC brought Father Brown to Blockley, local resident Steve Kyte decided to set up the Brownees fan club and through social media sell Father Brown related memorabilia to raise funds for good causes.
One recent recipient has been Blockley church, Father Brown's St Marys. The Brownees have donated funds to purchase a wooden pedestal to display the wonderful creations of our flower arrangers. This will replace one of the old metal stands which has rusted away. A big thank you to the Brownees - especially as they are keen to replace more stands!
Filming of series eight of Father Brown has just been completed.