Young Arts

Young Arts is the way that The Arts Society helps to develop young people’s interest in the Arts. In The Arts Society Blockley we have endeavoured to do this in several ways over the past few years. We have arranged workshops at Court Barn museum, sometimes involving Blockley school and sometimes open to the public. We have sponsored four young people from Chipping Campden school by providing them with money to buy equipment to further their careers. This year we have four applicants for bursaries.

Heritage Volunteers

As a charity The Arts Society supports a variety of activities with the purpose of conserving our heritage. Volunteers are an essential part of that programme.
The Arts Society Blockley has a long history of undertaking conservation projects, which have included.

  • An altar frontal from Blockley Church
  • Embroideries and fabrics from Broughton Castle
  • Cleaning of designs and drawings from Hart Silversmiths workshops
  • Sorting and recording the archive at the Gordon Russell Museum
  • Altar frontals from Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

Next we are going back to Broughton Castle to conserve dresses and uniforms.
Volunteers do not need special skills, although they are useful for some projects. We are given training and the projects are overseen by a qualified Arts Society approved conservator.
We would be delighted to welcome newcomers to the group. If you are interested, please contact us, and come and see the current work to see if you would like to join us.

Church Recorders

The Blockley church recorders were set up in 1995 and have completed records for 11 churches in the following locations, Lemington, Todenham, Tredington, Chastleton, Brailes (Parish and Roman Catholic churches) Ilmington, Broadwell, Ebrington, Idlicote and Batsford

Our small group of recorders has made steady progress with the record of St. Nicholas Church, Condicote. St. Nicholas is a small Norman church which, like so many churches in the county, underwent a pretty radical restoration in the 1888-9. Fortunately some of the original features remain including a wonderful entrance doorway and a beautiful 13th century window.

During the summer months we are recording fortnightly on a Wednesday morning and we are happy to receive visits from members who might be interested to see what we do.

Our present group is too small to take on another church and as we have not been successful in attracting new members, the church recorders will disband when we have completed the St. Nicholas record. We hope this will only be a short break in the long history of Blockley Church Recorders,
Brenda Samuels 01386 701844 email

Children’s Trails

These interactive guides prompt young people aged 8-12 years to explore our churches and they provide a great way to introduce children to many aspects of the world of the arts. Trails are question sheets for children to fill in about the wide variety of the artefacts found in churches and answer sheets for accompanying adults. If you have a young visitor, and an hour to fill, why not try one of the trails compiled by the Society in St Edward, Stow-on-the-Wold and St Peter & St Paul, Blockley.
If you would like to be involved in compiling a trail to inspire the next generation and particularly if you think your own church would be suitable, find out more by contacting Maureen Gray on 01608737801 or by email