The Junior Church have been awarded a grant from the Churchill Memorial Trust, a charity that supports local charities, schools and community groups. The charity raises money each year with a prestigious concert at Blenheim Palace. The Junior Church was represented at the concert by our minister Rev Martin Wellings and our leader Mrs Pat Clapton. Two of our children sold programmes to the distinguished guests. The grants was awarded at a ceromony at the Palace. You can see two Junior Church members in the photo below: Hannah in the blue jumper in the front row and Paul, the one who's a foot taller than everyone else!
12 July 2001
The Junior Church have received a grant of £500 from West Oxfordshire District Council to spend on lighting equipment for the church. The Junior Church have already spend £2,000 on a lighting grid for the church. The WODC grant will be matched with a similiar ammount of money from the Junior Church and will be used to
Bladon Methodist Church has been a busy place over the last few months. For two weeks the main part of the church was in complete chaos as the vestibule was pulled down and given a steel frame. The original wood work was then replaced over this frame. This means we can use the top of the vestibule for our productions without the use of half a dozen acro-props The installation of proper stairs means we can also use it as an overflow gallery for popular events such as our Candelit Concert. The work was timed to co-inside with a United Service with our friends at St Martin's so we had a clear 2 week window without a Sunday service! We have
The Junior Church has received a second of grant of £500 from the West Oxfordshire District Council Arts Department. This money will be matched by a similiar amount from the Junior Church and will be spent on lighting equipment. This is part of a 4-year project to provide a fully equiped lighting rig at the church which will be used as a resource for local groups. A similar grant was also received last year.
Have you ever spent a night in a church? Twenty members of Bladon Junior Church have! In July we held a church sleepover event where we played lots of games in Blenheim Park before spending the night in the church.Read all about it and see some photographs by clicking on the picture of the ghost on the left
The Junior Church has adpoted a Mongoose at the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford. We ran a webpoll in the members section and the Mongoose Party narrowly beat the Parrot Party, despite some frantic campaigning. Click on the Mongoose to see a picture of our adoptee.
also had a lot of electrical work done, mainly providing a dedicated 100 Amp supply for our stage lighting. This is now on its own phase and completely separate from all the other electrical circuits. Finally, the toilets have been redecorated and now look really presentable!. Although the eventual aim is to rebuild the toilet block this is still a couple of years off and meanwhile a refurbishment was definitely overdue.
Our autumn production was the Andrew Lloyd Weber hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Read more about the show and see some pictures by clic king on the Superstar logo or here
We celebrated the 94th birthday of our eldest church member, Edith Moss, who has been attending Bladon Church since she was a child. Click on the birthday cake to see a few pictures of Edith celebrating her birthday with the children of the Junior Church.
The Junior Church visited the Oxford Bus Museum in Long Hanborough who have a large collection of vintage buses and coaches. Click on the bus on the left to see some pictures.
During the 4 week trip, Jenny spent her time helping in orphanages, schools and hospitals, carrying out refurbishment work and teaching English. To see a couple of photographs of Jenny 'in action' read in.
Junior Church member Jenny Davies managed to raise £3,000 for a World Challenge trip to Malawi in South East Africa.
Our 2003 production was the musical Annie that ran for 5 performances at the end of October. To see a few photos from the show click on the Annie logo.
Read all about this concert and see lots of photographs by clicking on the dancer on the left.
We went on a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire where there are some awesome rides! See some pictures and read about the rides here or click on the Drayton Manor logo on the right.
We took part in a Sports Service at Lime Walk Church in Headington, Oxford. Guest star at the service was Linvoy Primus from premiership club Portsmouth Football Club. Click here or on the Portsmouth FC logo to see a couple of pictures.
Read about our Sponsored Sing where we sung one hundred songs to raise money for our Junior Church. Click here or on the notes on the right. Also in July, the sun shone down as we led an Open-Air Service on Bladon Village Green - see a few pictures here.
purchase dimming equipment and to increase the number of lamps we own. In the long term it will save money on hire costs and it will also be a useful resource for other local groups.
During August we led a Drama Workshop as part of a morning of activities in Deddington Church. At the end of the session we performed a musical number to all the parents - read more here.
Some of the older children recreated Jesus walking on the water - on the lake in Blenheim Palace! Have a look at our results: click on the thumbnail on the left see the photos.
Our production this autumn was the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy opera
The Mikado. The church was transformed into the town of Titipu in Japan. We even translated all the signage around the building into Japanese kanji! Read more about this hilarious comedy by clicking on the Japanese flag.
Our autumn production was the hit musical Me and My Girl. This show contained a host of hilarious characters, witty one-liners, great dance routines and a musical score that had the audience singing all the way home! Show-stopping numbers included Doing the Lambeth Walk, The Sun has Got his Hat On, Leaning on the Lampost and of course, Me and My Girl. Click on the lampost for pictures.
During February we held our third church sleepover where over thirty children braved the ghosts and spend a night in the church. Click on the ghost to see some pictures!
10 July 2005
In July we commemorated the 60th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day with an Open-Air Service and a "Songs that Won the War" concert.
Tom Saunders has qualified as a pilot officer in the RAF and is flying with the exclusive Red Arrows. Tom has starred in most of our shows over the last 10 years, Click on the plane to see a picture.
We also had an exhibition to mark the 40 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill, who is buried in the village churchyard.
The Sound of Dance was our second concert in Witney's 200 seat Corn Exchange theatre where we teamed up with The Windrush School of Ballet. See a
few pictures and read all about this concert of songs from the musical theatre and classical ballet dances by clicking on the show logo.
The hills were alive as Bladon Junior Church staged the world's best loved musical The Sound of Music. Click on the logo for photographs from the show.
The Bladon Junior Church Message Boards have reached 30,000 posts! The membership stands at 32 with over 400 topics or threads. The meesage boards started in March 2005 and are a great way for Junior Church members to stay in touch during the week and over the holidays.