An 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.
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 on how much they’d enjoyed the programme, and were already looking forward to next year’s event. Evening activities moved indoors with a discussion led by A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester.
Andy stayed in Chinnor to speak at both St Andrew’s and Chinnor Community Church on the Sunday morning. He spoke about the world God has created – and the challenges facing us as its stewards.
‘The sun shone as Chinnor went wild,’ said Project Manager Ian Swaffield, reflecting on the event. ‘The weekend was blessed with sunny weather – which definitely added to the friendly, happy, relaxed atmosphere.
One grateful mum said, ‘It was all perfect. The kids had an excellent time, too’. Said another, ‘It was brilliant and very much enjoyed by all’. A 12-year-old visitor exclaimed, ‘I feel so happy!’
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’. Next year’s event will be held from 24th-25th June 2016.