• Go to Gower for ‘saints and adders’
    June 4, 2015

    gower pic by martin boweringNo, it’s not a new board game. ‘Saints and adders’ are among the attractions at A Rocha UK’s wildlife break on the Gower peninsula this summer.

    From 7th-13th September, holidaymakers will be able to see a snake, walk to a lighthouse, run down a sand dune and follow the steps of Celtic saints – all at the St Madoc Centre – part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.


    They can enjoy walks, dramatic scenery and home-cooked food with like-minded people at the Gower venue. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio will speak on ‘God and Creation in the book of Isaiah’. This will be Ruth’s own first visit to St Madoc’s. ‘I’ve heard how much people enjoyed it last year,’ she said, ‘so I’m looking forward to being there myself.’

    The first of A Rocha UK’s ...

  • Win a pond? Water great idea!
    May 18, 2015

    Common FrogsDig a pond for A Rocha UK without getting your feet wet. All you have to do is vote. But you have to be quick!

    To add such an exciting aquatic feature to the Wolf Fields conservation site, supporters can register with the Aviva Community Fund and elect A Rocha UK’s project. Making it through to the finals will give the charity the chance to win up to £10,000.

    That could mean schoolchildren and families can sit and watch frogs, dragonflies and other wild waterborne mini-beasts buzz and bounce around the flowers and reeds amid an urban residential neighbourhood in West London. Voting closes on 30th May.


    After registering, supporters will receive ten votes. Should they wish, they can use all of their votes on Wolf Fields.

    If successful, A Rocha UK will use the Aviva award to create this new feature ... Read more...

  • George Turner: ‘unsung hero’
    May 4, 2015

    george turner unsung heroFounding member of A Rocha UK and distinguished medical scientist George Turner has died, aged 91. His funeral took place at Christ Church, Southport, last month (15th April).

    Described by A Rocha UK chief Steve Hughes as ‘one of our unsung heroes’, George ran a monthly prayer meeting in Southport for the charity, for more than 20 years. ‘In his lifetime he recruited many into A Rocha UK,’ said Steve.


    ‘No one who’d been in any of George’s home groups was unaware of his passion,’ said Dr Hugh Milligan, a longstanding member of the Southport prayer group.

    George (pictured) and wife Pat were right there at the start of the international work. They were attending St Mary’s Church, Upton, when young curate Peter Harris shared his vision for Christian conservation.

    Encouraged by George and others, Peter went on to start A ... Read more...

  • How to give creation a rest
    May 4, 2015

    give creation a breakLiberating nature will be the aim of A Rocha UK’s wildlife family week this summer, as two leading environmentalists join forces with an accomplished actor to deliver an unusual holiday programme.

    To be held at the popular North Devon retreat centre Lee Abbey, from 8th-15th August, Jubilee For Creation! will examine the statement, ‘Why the whole of creation needs a Sabbath rest’. A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured bottom left) and World Wildlife Fund Chief executive David Nussbaum (pictured top right) will explore the biblical idea of jubilee in the context of the environment.


    Morning sessions will look at the need for people and the wider creation to take a break. There will also be a performance of actor Andrew Harrison’s one-man show about the natural world, The Last Cuckoo. A resident member of the York-based Riding ... Read more...

  • Wolf Fields springs back after break-in
    May 4, 2015

    wolf fields springs backChildren and churches have helped Wolf Fields spring back into life after the community garden was attacked by raiders.

    A Rocha UK suffered more than £1,000 worth of loss and damage after thieves broke into the site in Norwood Green, just before the Easter holiday season. But A Rocha UK has since held children’s activities and a sunrise service there.


    Nearly 50 people from five local churches attended the Easter service – despite a 5am start in the dark and the rain. Three A Rocha UK volunteers helped manage the event, which was led by Rev Jeff Pyne from St Mary’s Church. Worship was led by Rev Dawn Jewson from St George’s Church.

    ‘Some people said the brief rainfall was a shower of blessing,’ said Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai. ‘The service went really well. There were five local ministers ... Read more...

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