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  • Churches urged to lead green revolution
    July 9, 2015

    A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy LesterChurches should take the lead in the green energy revolution, since the Government has now abandoned that cause. That’s the call from Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK – who say they are ‘dismayed’ with the July budget.

    Chancellor George Osborne’s statement wiped out subsidies for offshore wind farms, blocked low carbon power projects, increased road tax on eco-friendly cars and ended investment schemes in renewable energy. That was in addition to the recently announced sale of shares in the Green Investment Bank.

    Reeling from the shock of such decisions, A Rocha UK is encouraging churches to continue to take a lead in promoting alternative energy. ‘Churches and communities can still invest in renewables, disinvest in fossil fuels and persuade their MPs to take a strong line on climate,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured).

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  • Green power to help A Rocha UK
    July 8, 2015

    ecotricity imageA leading green electricity company has launched a campaign with A Rocha UK to help householders and churches plug in to alternative power – and boost conservation at the same time.

    Gloucestershire-based Ecotricity will donate £50 per electricity meter to A Rocha UK for every church that signs up. They will give £40 for every household that switches to their electricity and £20 for each household turning onto their gas supply.

    NEW SOURCES

    To take advantage of the offer, domestic customers should visit here or phone 08000 302 302, quoting the code AROC1. Churches should visit here or phone the same number, using the code AROC2.

    Ecotricity claim to be an energy company ‘unlike any other’. They take the money their customers spend on power bills – and use it to build new sources of renewable energy, such as windmills.

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  • Bee amazed at Wolf Fields!
    July 8, 2015

    open day 1More than 200 people recently swarmed like bees around an urban nature reserve in West London – which has been described by locals as ‘a living thing’.

    They were attending an open day at Wolf Fields, the project spearheaded by A Rocha UK. Held last month (June), it was an event for all ages, and focused very much on bees.

    WILDLIFE HAVEN

    Children had their faces painted or listened to a storyteller Claire Boot, who was dressed as a bee! Adults visited a Friends of the Earth stall and attended a landscape painting workshop by Martin Raven. Everyone enjoyed watching a demonstration hive run by Bee Officer Laura Belton.

    They were all able to see this ‘work in progress’ – as Community Officer Kailean Khongsai described the Wolf Fields project. With the support of local people, A Rocha UK is changing this former ... Read more...


  • Villagers went wild for a weekend
    July 8, 2015

    chinnor small 2An entire Oxfordshire village went wild recently – thanks to the Chiltern Gateway Project assisted by A Rocha UK. More than 150 people descended on cheery Chinnor for a weekend packed with fast-paced fun.

    Nearly 100 of them enjoyed a Friday evening of beastie hunts, games, barbecue and campfire singing. Many stayed to sleep over in the ‘tent village’ that had sprung up on Whites Field for this ‘Chinnor Goes Wild’ event.

    MESSY CHURCH

    Saturday saw an action-packed programme led by Adventure Plus, Rock UK, Chiltern Gateway Project, Chinnor Community Church’s youth worker and ‘messy church’ leaders from St Andrew’s CE Church.

    Activities on offer included – archery, sword fencing, nature art, circus skills, geocaching and an all-day drop-in ‘messy church’. Other volunteers organised a pop-up café serving drinks and cakes.

    Around 150 visitors took part in the day’s activities. Many commented ... Read more...


  • Oxfordshire village plans ‘wild’ weekend
    June 23, 2015

    SAMSUNG CSCWhat makes a quaint and quiet English village go wild? The answer is a Christian conservation charity called A Rocha UK.

    The West London-based organisation will help spearhead a weekend of environmental activities at Chinnor, a community in South Oxfordshire. They are assisting Chiltern Gateway Project with ‘Chinnor Goes Wild’ – which features events ranging from a school assembly to a village camp from 26th-28th June.

    ROMAN INVASION

    One of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action, Chiltern Gateway Project have been holding events in the area since 2007, bringing church and community together to focus on ‘creation care’. The aim of this latest initiative is to keep the programme fast-paced and fun for this humble village of 6,000.

    Chinnor is pleasant enough now with its pubs, churches and thatched cottages. But events must have turned wild over the centuries as the Roman invasion and ... Read more...



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