• Strong Start To Foxearth Appeal
    July 2, 2014

    A deluge of donations has dropped on the doormat at A Rocha UK since the launch of the Foxearth appeal. ‘But there’s still a way to go to set up our own nature reserve,’ said CEO Mairi Johnstone.

    ‘So far it’s one of the best appeals ever,’ Mairi explained. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate.’

    The appeal was launched at the end of May, to raise funds for what is set to become A Rocha UK’s first ever nature reserve. Generous donations were received within the first few weeks, along with messages of support such as:

    – ‘we do hope this goes well, it sounds very exciting’;

    – ‘so excited to hear about Foxearth’;

    – ‘Foxearth…fabulous place!’

    After reading all the emails and letters from supporters, Mairi expressed her delight at the response so far for funds ... Read more...

  • Shoppers Urged To Look Behind Labels
    July 2, 2014

    july enews primark 2Shoppers should ‘do their homework’ behind high street brands to spot any darker themes in their ‘brightly lit’ stores.

    That’s the message from A Rocha UK’s Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured), after a Primark customer found what appeared to be a hand-stitched cry for help on one of the shop’s garments.

    ‘Don’t look and say, “I can’t do this 100 per cent so I can’t do anything – I’m paralysed”,’ said Ruth in an interview for online news service Christian Today. ‘Just do one thing – it’s better than not doing anything at all.’

    Cardiff shopper Rebecca Gallagher hit the headlines when she found a label – with the shocking statement ‘Forced to work exhausting hours’ – sewn alongside washing instructions in her £10 Primark top.

    A Primark spokesperson has been quoted as saying it’s an isolated incident. They ... Read more...

  • Our Partner Becomes A Parish Church
    July 2, 2014

    july enews lundy 2It’s not every day an A Rocha UK partner becomes a parish church. But that’s exactly what’s happened to the Lundy Church Project.

    This milestone moment took place in May. Bishop of Crediton Rt Rev Nick McKinnel preached at a service on the Island of Lundy – as part of the celebrations of St Helena’s becoming a parish church.

    Other speakers shared something of what Lundy means to them. They spoke of how the church project offers promise for the future on this tiny island that lies just ten miles north off the Devon coast.

    A Rocha UK is represented on the project’s steering group by Chris Baillie, who led prayers at the service. After the event, Chris also led a group through Atlantic fog to see puffins and other seabirds.

    The project is preparing a second major funding bid that would ... Read more...

  • World Anglican Paper Cites A Rocha UK
    July 2, 2014

    july enews church timesWhen A Rocha UK dashed to defend bats after a recent House of Lords debate, our views were picked up by the world’s leading Anglican newspaper Church Times.

    ‘The Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK said in a statement that bats were not a menace to churches,’ reported Church Times, ‘and insisted that “peaceful co-existence” between the animals and worshippers was possible.’

    A Rocha UK had issued the message after Britain’s national press reported on Lord Cormack’s controversial views. ‘In many churches in our land the bat is a terrible problem,’ he told peers.

    In the parliamentary talks, Lord Cormack warned of historic churches becoming ‘bat barns’, where the creatures allegedly become more important than churchgoers.

    ‘Lord Cormack’s comments that bats appear to be more important than worshipping communities is a gross over-reaction to a situation that needs careful and thoughtful action,’ Conservation ... Read more...

  • ‘Spider Drama’ Spins Story At Wolf Fields
    June 3, 2014

    Wolf Fields Map-1A ‘spider drama’ will underline the message that insects matter when A Rocha UK hold an open day at Wolf Fields community garden next month.

    The main aim of the 13th July event will be to celebrate the winners of the recent sensory garden competition and present them with their plaques.

    Other activities will include – bug hotel making, a demonstration bee hive, a bee story by a local storyteller, tours of the site in a nature trail style, digging up the first potatoes from the allotment, and refreshments.

    A Rocha UK team members and volunteers will be joined by representatives from schools and churches, along with local residents. ‘People will be able to see the site, our plans for it, and to talk about why we’re trying to transform it,’ said Conservation Officer Becky Vickers.

    The open day will run from 2-5pm, ...

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