• New holiday offers ‘seal’ of approval
    March 4, 2015

    sealSwimming with seals is just one of the unusual activities being offered on a unique new holiday pioneered by A Rocha UK this spring. Spotting dolphins, porpoises – and maybe even whales – could also be enjoyed at this highly anticipated event on Lundy Island.

    ‘We shall venture into the waters of the Bristol Channel,’ said event administrator Jo Clayphan, ‘and we’ll also explore the surrounding sights by a private jetty tour. But people need to book soon, as places are limited.’

    Linking Christian faith with conservation and enjoyment of creation is the main aim of the week-long adventure. A Rocha UK are spearheading this special event in May with the St Helen’s Centre.

    A Rocha UK is a partner with the St Helen’s Centre project, which will eventually see the island’s Anglican church renovated to integrate ecological education, research and worship. The ... Read more...

  • Adventure charity joins A Rocha UK
    March 4, 2015

    march enews adventure plusOutdoor pursuits charity Adventure Plus have joined A Rocha UK’s growing network of Partners In Action.

    A Rocha UK are helping to put conservation on the programme for the Oxfordshire-based agency. Adventure Plus is described by their patron and survival guru Bear Grylls as ‘one of the most exciting charities around for inspiring young people to get out there, grab life and live boldly’.

    Since 1990, they have operated as a ‘mobile provider’ of outdoor activities with more than 50,000 young people and adults – including some of the most vulnerable in society. But the interdenominational charity recently found a home at Windmill Farm – and called on A Rocha UK to help them develop the 50-acre site.

    Their new headquarters also includes a conference centre and residential cottages. ‘It’s essentially a blank canvas of agricultural land, but with a small ... Read more...

  • Foxearth: the dream comes true
    March 4, 2015

    march enews foxearth 1A dream has come true for A Rocha UK. The charity now has its own nature reserve – thanks to the overwhelming generosity of its supporters.

    A benefactor had offered the 12-acre site Foxearth (pictured) to A Rocha UK at a special rate of £45,000. Such an altruistic gesture seemed to open the floodgates, as many responded to an online prospectus and magazine appeal in November.

    When donations poured in for the initial appeal, A Rocha UK’s former CEO Mairi Johnstone said it was one of the best campaigns ever. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate,’ she said at the time.

    That was closely followed at Christmas by matched funding campaign The Big Give, producing a further £20,000 to pay for a part-time ranger. Now the purchase has been made of ... Read more...

  • Pioneers to promote creation care
    February 8, 2015

    AndyAtkinsAndRuthValerioTwo environmental pioneers will share a speaking platform when A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio and Friends Of The Earth’s Andy Atkins give keynote talks for a one-day conference at Ashburnham Place this spring.

    A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director, Ruth will explore ‘the big picture from a biblical perspective’ – God’s view of creation, how people and nature are linked and why Christians should engage. There will be additional input on how community and lifestyle action can make a difference.

    Friends Of The Earth chief Andy Atkins will examine ‘the big picture from the scientific perspective’ – including major environmental trends and implications for people and nature. He will also look at how campaigning works – and how you and your church can get involved.

    The event called ‘Think! Environment Day – Nature, Climate, The Bible And You’ takes place on 18th ... Read more...

  • Goodbye, Mairi, our servant leader
    February 8, 2015

    mairi johnstone for enewsShe’s done the washing-up, made the coffee, prepared for board meetings and led her team carefully through change. Her name is Mairi Johnstone, CEO of A Rocha UK. And sadly, she is leaving.

    Head of the organisation for the past two years – having previously been its Finance and Administration Director – she moves on at the end of February to become CEO of the Methodist Ministers Housing Society.

    Mairi’s journey through A Rocha UK started at a meeting with former Chair Richard Hall. He visited Mairi early in 2010 to persuade her to become a trustee. She ended up becoming CEO.

    ‘I’d never have thought it was possible for so much to suit one role,’ said Mairi, ‘strategist, lawyer, leader, preacher, manager – all sitting alongside my long held love of the natural world! Did Richard spot all of this?’

    She ...

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