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.
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.
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
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