• 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.


    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.


    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...

  • Low carbon economy needs ‘vision of God’s kingdom’
    June 19, 2015

    SAMSUNG CSCCreating a low carbon economy needs ‘a vision of God’s kingdom on earth’. That was the message Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam gave to nearly 1,000 people at an ecumenical service during the Speak Up For The Love Of climate lobby in Westminster this week (17th June).

    Welcoming the Pope’s encyclical on caring for creation, Bishop Nicholas (pictured right) declared it is our ‘Christian concern’ to look after the planet. He noted there is an ‘ecumenical consensus’ for the environment.

    ‘We need to make the transition to a low carbon economy,’ said Bishop Nicholas, who is the Church of England’s lead bishop for Environmental Affairs . ‘The science, economics and politics all point in the same direction – and we need the spirit to do it. We need to do things differently and seek to live in the ... Read more...

  • Politicians called to follow the Pope
    June 18, 2015

    SAMSUNG CSCNational governments should follow the Pope’s example and take ‘meaningful action’ on climate change. That’s the message from A Rocha UK and A Rocha International.

    In a joint statement, the two charities have welcomed the new Papal Encyclical Laudato Si (Praise be to you) – with its strong moral message on the environment. The organisations urge all churches to reflect on the encyclical, and to put pressure on their respective governments for the United Nations talks on climate change at Paris in December 2015.


    ‘At a time when humanity’s actions are having an unprecedented negative impact on God’s world, it’s vital that Christians of all denominations – along with those of other faiths and none – unite to protect creation’s integrity,’ said Rev Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International.

    As leader of a billion-strong global community, Pope Francis has ... Read more...

  • June 18, 2015


    We lifted the banner in London

    Hot off the press! We have compiled an exclusive little gallery of Images from A Rocha UK’s participation in the Climate Coalition lobby at Westminster yesterday (Wednesday 17th June). Photos by Clive Price. Full report to follow…enjoy!


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