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By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: June 21, 2008

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It's good news that the recently formed Blockley Brook Action Group has obtained a grant towards the work of clearing the waterways in the area. The neighbouring parishes of Paxford, Aston Magna and Ditchford have joined the group's efforts.

Last weekend's open day at the Watkinson Sidecar factory was a resounding success. The latest Royal Enfield motorcycles were available for test rides, every slot was taken throughout the weekend. Altogether more than 2,000 people enjoyed a visit. The Scouts ran out of food at one stage, so popular was their grub. The factory has produced sidecars for motorcycles for many years and exports half of its production to the Far East. The Chris Jones charity will receive £500 raised over the weekend. A really good effort by a local firm.

The Post Office has closed now but due to a technical hitch on the part of the Post Office, the transfer to Blockley Co-operative Shop will be delayed. In the interim a mobile unit should be in the village at times. The National Lottery facility has also gone with the closure of the Post Office. In the village shop a new service is a display of up-to-date paperback books, by the Campden book shop, with a facility to order any book not on display.

For those who enjoy researching family history, the Gloucestershire Family History Society magazine announces that the birth index for the North Cotswolds has now been indexed. The index includes Blockley, Aston Magna, Draycott and Paxford and so far spans 1837 to 1862. The contact number for the society is 01452 524344.

Tomorrow, there will be a benefice holy communion at Bourton-on-the-Hill at 11am with a visiting preacher. At 6pm there will be evening prayer and litany at Blockley as thanks are given for the ministry of the Rev Tom Robinson.

On Wednesday, Blockley Bookworms are celebrating their eighth birthday with a meeting at the Friends Meeting House in Broad Campden at 10.30am when local author Julian Roach will join the group. For details, contact Anne Hayes on 01386 701044.

On Wednesday there is another Bible Experience at the vicarage at 8pm when the reading to be discussed is Abraham pleads for Sodom, Genesis ch.18, v. 16 to 33.

On Thursday, Picture Playhouse presents Charlie Wilson's War starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is another 'must see' film. Directed by Mike Nichols, it is the true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. As normal, it is in St George's Hall and doors open at 7pm for 7.45pm. Tickets are available from either The Village Shop, The Crown or the Great Western or call 01386 700647 or 593386.

Also on Thursday, Blockley Ramblers meet at the Farmers Arms, Guiting Power at 10am for two walks, each five miles, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, which will start from the pub there at 1.30pm. The morning walk will cover Guiting to Castlett Wood and then to Naunton in the afternoon.

On Friday afternoon the judging will take place by the horticultural society for best allotment, in Blockley and Draycott.

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