Arts Volunteering

Arts Volunteering is the way The Arts Society helps nationally to develop young people’s interest in the arts and Blockley has been fundraising for the local youth arts charity Campden Edge. With the very generous help of members contributing to our New Year’s Lunch Raffle held at Wyck Hill House Hotel in January 2020, we raised £800 for them.

Currently, Campden Edge is providing continuous assistance to drama and music students aged between 8 and 26, for example awarding individual grants towards instruments and ongoing tuition, costumes and ballet pointes as well as grants to students to attend the National Youth Theatre and workshops at the Royal Ballet School, and to purchase art supplies. They also run a virtual instrument library where unwanted instruments can be placed with students.

Heidi Ellis, Pastoral Manager at Campden School says:

‘The help provided by Campden Edge allows disadvantaged students to perform in line with their peers, free from the stigma associated with never having the right equipment or being unable to take part in extra-curricular activities’

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 for Blockley Church
  • Embroideries and fabrics at Broughton Castle
  • Three altar frontals from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • Work was also done at Court Barn and the Gordon Russell Museums and at the Hart silver works cleaning and documenting designs.

We completed additional work at Broughton Castle a year or so ago and with Covid 19 and no current projects, the volunteers are taking a break. However they are much looking forward to starting work again soon.

Volunteers do not need special skills, although these are helpful for some projects. We are given training and the projects are overseen by a qualified The Arts Society approved conservator.

We would be delighted to welcome newcomers to the group. If you are interested, please contact the committee if you would like to join us.