• 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...

  • A Rocha UK boosts faith in climate lobby
    May 4, 2015

    climate lobby 3Faith will be part of the fight against climate change at a major London lobby this month – thanks to A Rocha UK and its partners.

    At The Climate Coalition’s ‘Speak Up’ event on 17th June, A Rocha UK is playing a key role in ecumenical services at St Margaret’s Church, Parliament Square, and Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street. And supporters are being urged to join what could be the single biggest climate lobby in history.

    Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester will be part of the team leading worship and prayer – as thousands gather in central London for the mass lobby (pictured is a scene from the previous march). Main speaker at the services will be Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nick Holtam, with contributions from Ruth Valerio, Irish singer-songwriter Andy Flannagan, and staff ... Read more...

  • Call to Wolf Fields raiders
    April 1, 2015

    raiders invited to restore wolf fieldsRaiders who snatched equipment from A Rocha UK have been invited to help them change a former wasteland into a community garden.

    Workers were shocked to find wrenched padlocks and valuable items missing from their Wolf Fields project on St Patrick’s Day (17th March). But instead of condemning those who took more than £1,000 worth of equipment, they’re encouraging the thieves to come forward and help transform the three-acre site in Norwood Green, Southall.

    The theft was discovered by Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai (pictured), when he turned up to start his shift there on the Tuesday morning. ‘I went to check the site – and found all the padlocks broken,’ he said. ‘There must have been at least two or three people involved, because some of the items are big and heavy. The intruders also trampled on the ... Read more...

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