There’s lots to do in Blockley!

Well attended Summer exhibition showed
what local societies have to offer

Magnum of champagne won by Roger Harvey
for commenting on Heritage Centre development plans

August 26th 2014: A large number of local residents and visitors attended an exhibition of clubs, societies and other voluntary organisations arranged by the Blockley Heritage Society at the Heritage Centre last Saturday. And many remarked on the surprisingly large and interesting range of activities that are available in the parish.

Around 30 organisations from the parish displayed fascinating details of their history – some going back to early in the 20th century – alongside information about their activities today.

A display by the Blockley Sports and Social Club included an account of how the late Captain Spencer-Churchill had allowed land known as the Cinquefoil at the end of Park Road to be used as a sports field on the understanding that, if the Club was still in existence after 10 years, he would donate the land to them. Sadly he died in the ninth year. Today the Club has a thriving sports ground in Station Road.

Among live demonstrations were two performances by the Blockley Hand Bell Ringers. The Blockley Brass Band provided a popular musical accompaniment for visitors both to the exhibition and to Blockley Horticultural Society’s Summer Show taking place in the adjacent St George’s Hall.

The Society also announced that local resident Roger Harvey had won a magnum of champagne in a draw from all the many people who completed a questionnaire of comments on plans to develop the Society’s premises adjacent to St George’s Hall.

The development will provide a permanent museum and exhibition hall, a heritage library and research centre, more space for the storage and conservation of the Society’s collection of artefacts and documents, and a Parish Council office.

Next in the Blockley Heritage Society’s programme is its annual Reception for members and friends on Friday September 19th, followed on Monday October 20th by a talk entitled “Deportation and Survival 1939-45: A Polish Woman’s Epic Wartime Story” by Dr Hubert Zawadzki, a former resident of Spring Hill and Northwick Park Polish Resettlement Camps.


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