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There are 18 photo albums.

  • Latest photos (5 photos)

    Topical photos

    Snowdrops at All Saints, North Cerney

  • CVB virtual church (1 photos)

    "We are the body of Christ"

    How many friends can you name?

  • Pop in at the Plough (5 photos)

    How lucky we were that the 10th Anniversary lunch happened on 10th March 2020 just before the COVID-19 lockdown took effect. About forty gathered together at The Plough to mark this milestone in the life of the group!

    10th anniversary cake

  • COVID-19 (58 photos)

    The pandemic in pictures

    covid-19 survival rates

  • Locking our church doors (4 photos)

    25th March 2020 is a momentous day. The Revd David writes: "Dear all, As you will be aware by now the Church of England has closed all its churches until we are advised otherwise. A conversation with the Archdeacon this afternoon makes it clear that all churches are to be locked to prevent access. A churchwarden or other authorised person may make a regular visit during the closure (no more than one a week) to check on the fabric of the church. Clergy are not permitted into the church buildings. Rev'd Arthur has already affixed closure notices to the doors of our northern churches and I will do the same for our southern ones tomorrow."
    Here's a few pictures from the Northern end.
    Adrian Hill has commented: "Such sad news but the power of prayer transcends locked doors". He may have been thinking of Acts 12: 1-19 which is well worth re-reading!

    Colesbourne parish church

  • Prayer meetings (1 photos)

    Our nine parish churches are open where possible but no public worship services are allowed to take place. Prayers are being said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone and we are considering ways of sharing this with the wider community.

    Clergy and ministers will be leading prayers

  • Short Walks in Churn Valley (1 photos)

    The Churn Valley lies in the heart of the Cotswold Hills between
    Cheltenham and Cirencester. The ten walks described in this booklet
    pass through charming villages with their medieval parish churches. All
    the walks are circular apart from the Churn Valley Way (12.5 miles)
    which can be conveniently split into three sections; with the option of
    using the regular bus service.

    The River Churn emerges at Seven Springs near Cheltenham and flows
    gently through a secluded valley until reaching Cirencester; then
    onwards onto the Thames plain. The valley is intersected by several
    long-distance walking routes. It’s right at the heart of the Cotswolds
    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and yet one can often walk for an
    hour without meeting anyone else.

    The Churn Valley has an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and
    farm tracks that run from Seven Springs to Cirencester. At the Northern
    end, the Cotswold Way follows the boundary of Coberley parish along
    the edge of a dramatic escarpment overlooking the Severn Valley. Just
    a mile to the South and the Gloucestershire Way passes through the
    village of Coberley. About half way down the Churn Valley, the
    Macmillan Way runs across Rendcomb parish whilst the Monarch’s Way
    follows the River Churn all the way to Cirencester.

    These ten walks add up to 53 miles but the Churn Valley offers lots of
    other less well known but equally enjoyable footpaths. The changing
    seasons not only bring different weather and underfoot conditions but
    also interesting variations in fauna and flora.

    Country walking provides an escape from the hassles of daily life,
    refreshment by re-connecting with nature and an opportunity for good

    Arthur Champion (Revd)
    January 2020
    Cowley Rectory


  • BBC Songs of Praise (8 photos)

    On 12th February 2019 the Revd Kate Bottley, a producer and cameraman visited Colesbourne Estate to shot scenes for Candlemass 2020.

    The parish church of St James at Colesbourne

  • Christmas 2018: crib scenes (9 photos)

    Christmas 2018: crib scenes in the nine parish churches

    North Cerney parish church

  • Quiz night in Colesbourne (3 photos)

    This quiz was held in the Long Room at Colesbourne Park. Doors opened at 7pm and quizzing began at 7.30pm. Tickets included a glass of wine on arrival plus nibbles on the table. If booked before 1st November the cost per person was £7.50, or £35 per table (a table fits a comfortable 6 or 8 at a squeeze!). If booked after 1st November the cost was £10 per individual, or £40 per table. A cash bar was available. All proceeds from the evening in aid the parish church of St James' Nave Roof Fund.

    Quiz night in the Long Room

  • Churchyard survey in Coberley (8 photos)

    Churchyard survey in Coberley

    Row "A" (West Wall) Duncan noting down the headstone details with Rick in the distance

  • Litter picking in the Cotswold (6 photos)

    The Cotswold are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but too often our landscape is blighted by litter and fly tipping

    £100 fine?!

  • Echoes of World War One (15 photos)

    The Centenary of the Armistice on 11th November 1918 was marked marked by services of remembrance in nearly all the parish churches whilst a special commemoration in words and music was performed on 28th October 2018 at the parish church of St John the Evangelist, Elkstone

    The parish church of All Saints at North Cerney

  • Harvest Supper in Coberley (6 photos)

    Harvest supper on 27th October 2018 kindly hosted by Ian and Mary at Slack's Barn

    Ian Hayward hosting the Harvest Supper

  • Colesbourne Flower Festival (16 photos)

    On the weekend of 14 & 15 July 2018 Colesbourne held a “Country Flowers for Country Churches” event. The beautifully embroidered altar frontals were displayed. There were three flower arranging demonstrations each afternoon to inspire visitors to create their own floral displays. Flower arranging equipment will be on sale too. The gardens and arboretum of Colesbourne Park, including the famous “blue lake”, was also open for visitors to wander around to enjoy the beautiful peaceful rural setting.

    Nave arch and pulpit

  • CVB's nine parish churches (27 photos)

    Bagendon, Baunton, Coberley, Colesbourne,
    Cowley, Elkstone, North Cerney, Rendcomb and Stratton

    Bagendon - the parish church of St Margaret

  • Summer in the Cotswolds (4 photos)

    In June and July of 2018 the Cotswolds experienced the longest period without rainfall since 1976!

    Escaping the sunshine

  • Churn Valley landscape (8 photos)

    The Churn Valley Benefice is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Cowley Manor by the Revd Arthur

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