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.
There will be an inspection of the headstones in the upper cemetery on Station Road on Friday 22nd September.
On Saturday there will be a wonderful heritage cycle ride leaving Moreton, cycling through places like Evenlode who are encouraging locals to get out & cheer before spending time at Stow with a civic reception before cycling through Slaughters to Bourton. For those parishes not directly involved in the tour route, this ride gives you an opportunity to see cyclists of a more leisurely pace. Please see the attached email from organisers Great British Bike Build with anticipated timings.
Bourton on the Hill will be hosting a 'King of the Mountains' points prize with many hundreds of spectators expected. Blockley's Freestyle 360 spinners will be cycling in the Horse and Groom pub car park to keep the crowds entertained with their music and they are also sponsoring a WattBike competition/challenge by Fenhill Close with first prize to the winner of dinner for two at the pub. Teas and light lunches will be available at Bourton House and the Old School Hall with a BBQ and large screen TVs at the pub to watch the race finish in Cheltenham.
Timings for the professional race can be seen www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven with the list of riders via http://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/tour-britain/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/02192439/ToB_2017_StartList.pdf
We know the local effort that has gone into the event and are delighted that the local newspapers, Cotswold Life, Cotswold Times and others have picked up with the story as well as we will have a national newspaper journalist staying in the area over the next week as well.
We hope you will all have an enjoyable day and locals line the route.
Do remember the whole stage will be live on ITV4 from 10.15am to cover the whole stage with highlights at 8pm - see http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/about/television/
FAMILY FUN AFTERNOON
An afternoon of fun and games for children and young people in Blockley and surrounding villages.
Churchill Close, Blockley on Sunday 20th August 2017
Crafts, team building, sports, activities, games and lots of fun!!
Refreshments and Tuck available.
This event is supported by Blockley Parish Council.