Local Updates

May’s Upper Stour Parish Magazine

Over the weekend, your May Parish Magazine was delivered by some of the volunteers from the Bourton Community Support Group. The usual delivery team, who do such an excellent job each month, are sensibly following government advice. So, apologies if your copy wasn’t delivered to the usual spot. If you are missing your copy you can either collect one from the garage or call us and, subject to availability, we’ll can drop it off for you.

Alternatively you can view May’s parish Magazine on-line by clicking here.

Celebrate VE Day at Home

On Friday 8th May we calebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Despite social distancing you can still engage in the event by having you own VE Day ‘party at home’ as featured in the Parish news. If you take part in celebrations safely from home, why not join your BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at

VE Day, May 8

The Royal British Legion are right behind this initiative and their website has some great ideas, including a nationwide singalong at 9.00pm.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, are also encouraging a varirty of activities through their website, including the chance to take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home.

Message from The Rev’d Ben

In this weeks e-newsletter, for the third Sunday of Easter, Rev’d Ben references the Rev’d Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, central London in the thought for the day

“The Bible isn’t interested in going ‘back to normal’. Set back and despair provoke us to see what was wrong and what we’ve become accustom to, and realize that there is no ‘going back’. We may feel bewildered and powerless, but we will never get a better chance to consider how we can make a future bigger than the past. If all we aspire to in the face of months of lock-down is to go back to normal, we will have squandered a once in a century invitation to imagine something richer, truer and deeper than normal ever was. After the war, people didn’t aspire to go back to the hungry 30s, they wanted to build a land, fit for heroes to live in. This isn’t a time for looking back – it is a time for imagining the future and starting to live that future, now.”

Rev’d Dr Sam Wells, Vicar at St Martins -in-the-Fields, London
Thank you NHS – from Zeals, picture Lyndi d’Ambrumenil.

The Rev’d Ben then asks us the following “I would love to hear how you think things may change for the better after this time, and how this ‘once in a century’ opportunity has transformed our way of being. I pray that as a community, we will care for one another as we prayerfully consider what a new world could look like. 

The Great Global (Solo) Cleanup.

The date of the Great Global Cleanup: Earth Day Networks flagship volunteer program to remove litter from our public waterways and spaces was officially 22 April, but this year there’s nothing to stop us from taking this as an opportunity to reflect on our own locality and take this opportunity to safely and individually contribute to cleaning the world by us each taking responsibility for a little bit of our own neighbourhood.

The Great Global Cleanup

Bourton WIldlife Group

During the period April 26th to May 2nd, Bourton Wildlife Group are involved in a programme designed to help improve the public footpaths in the area. See below for an overview. Full details of this can be located on Facebook


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