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CVB virtual church
"We are the body of Christ"

 

Pop in at the Plough
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!

 

COVID-19
The pandemic in pictures

 

Locking our church doors
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!

 

Prayer meetings
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.

 

Short Walks in Churn Valley
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
companionship.

Arthur Champion (Revd)
January 2020
Cowley Rectory

 

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

 

Christmas 2018: crib scenes
Christmas 2018: crib scenes in the nine parish churches

 

Quiz night in Colesbourne
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.

 

Churchyard survey in Coberley
Churchyard survey in Coberley

 

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

 

Echoes of World War One
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

 

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

 

Colesbourne Flower Festival
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.

 

CVB's nine parish churches
Bagendon, Baunton, Coberley, Colesbourne,
Cowley, Elkstone, North Cerney, Rendcomb and Stratton

 

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

 

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

 

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