Blockley Parish lies on upland farm and woodland close to the northern extremity of Cotswold District. It forms part of the boundary between the headwaters of the Rivers Thames and Severn. Significant clay deposits lie between the attractive limestone hills; springs form the main source of the several steeply-falling streams which flow through Blockley, Aston Magna and Draycott villages. By contrast, Paxford village, also within the Parish, lies on more open, level ground drained by the Knee Brook, a tributary of the River Stour.
The human and visual characteristics of Blockley Parish are strongly influenced both by its relatively isolated location in the rural North Cotswolds and by the industrial history of Blockley village, its main centre of population. With a population of about 2000 (in the 2001 census) it is one of the largest parishes in England in terms of area, at about 12 sq miles (30 sq km). The entire Parish lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The truth about the recent Mail Online article about the damage to the Polish headstones in the Station Road cemetery in Blockley is that a branch from a poplar tree fell during recent storms. There has been no vandalism or wanton destruction of Polish graves. Whatever news is spread around social media, the branch was removed by local professional tree surgeons and other trees in the cemetery were checked after the storms.
The B4479, Station Road, Blockley at the level crossing towards Paxford, will be closed on March 8th between 9.30am and 1.30pm. There will be emergency access at all times but there will be no pedestrian access. This is to repair a faulty battery pack at the crossing. Alternative route: B4479, A435, A429, A44 and vice-versa.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, Blockley Youth Club has been cancelled this evening, Thursday 1st March.