About bill

Bill Church is the story traveller, a former Headteacher who has a passion for sharing stories with people from 3 years up to 103 years of age. Bill loves stories; finding them (and the story’s story!), telling them and writing them! He is passionate in believing that everybody can tell stories and is keen to help people whatever their age do this. His blog ranges from his Story telling experiences to his obsessions sport, bird watching and cycling!

Billy Bragg in Stonehouse Sunday.

Sunday was a busy day and saw two musicians at different parts of the day. The first was Billy Bragg at an election rally in Stonehouse sing some fairly well known songs to inspire volunteers but they had  some topical updates running through them. He also sang the Leon Rosselson song “World Turned Upside Down” about the Diggers one of my favourite songs and resonant with the current climate crisis and the way many of our leaders are ignoring it. We later saw local folk singer Hattie Briggs in Stroud.

Although I had to miss  watching the Hatters on Saturday because of a family event it was certainly a great finish and three valuable points!

The Shoes!!!!!!

Apologies for not blogging this week but it has been all go! This mainly because it has been reasonably dry which is welcome. Spent most of Monday demolishing our dilapidated fence and with Steve we had to slide in the new fence panels on the Wednesday-my goodness that was a trial! Clare was helping us using a rake to stop the panels from tipping over-the body was wrecked at the end.

Two lovely Story Telling sessions with young people this week -one at my local school Lakefield and I also did my last slot this term at Wick Court.

Wednesday night at the wonderful Three Horseshoes went really well despite having to cope with some performers being ill. We adapted well to some late withdrawals and we all did an extra turn. We ended up with nearly £100 donated for Farms for City Children in appreciation.

Have also managed to clock up the miles on the bike despite all the above and my usual Bird Watch with the young people at Wick Court.

Oh Dear!!!!!!!!!!

Today is an incredibly short blog.

First of all don’t forget The Beer and Books entertainment at The Three Horseshoes Frampton Wednesday 4th starting 8 p.m. Working hard at learning a new story.

I have to mention the disastrous football match yesterday where my football team gave their hosts an early Christmas Present. It was awful to watch as we were well and truly thrashed!!!!

Cousin Jack

Had to be Show of Hands wonderful anthem like song for today’s blog. Went to a superb concert last where the band were certainly on the top of their game! We came out buzzing!

Thoroughly enjoyed working with the young people from Western Primary School this week. Story Telling in the Round House yesterday afternoon wasn’t as cold as the previous week! They enjoyed my Christmas Angels story.

Don’t forget next Wednesday’s “Entertainment” in the Three Horseshoes Frampton starting at 8 p.m.-also a chance to buy books for young people’s Christmas presents!

Southern Man

Good old Neil Young title for today’s short blog. A provocative song at the time and you might argue not much has changed in the last 40 odd years!

Had to blog today because after doing the bird watch at Wick Court with the young people from Grimsby I rushed across the country through much traffic with my fellow Hatter to watch my team win! Yes! They won! Of course it is the hope that gets you!

Finally yet another reminder about the Beer and Books entertainment at the Three Horseshoes in Frampton next Wednesday 4th December starting at 8 p.m. Hope you can join us for a fun anarchic evening.

A Deceit of Lapwings!!!!!!

What a wonderful collective noun that one is! This was because we had about 100 Lapwings on the Bird Survey last week. Love seeing them when up in the air in numbers especially on bright sunny days-alas where have they gone?

Busy on writing and learning stories at the moment. Working on script for our show next year.

Telling my first Christmas Story later this week!

Don’t forget the entertainment at the Three Horseshoes Frampton next Wednesday 4th starting at 8 p.m.

We was robbed!!!!! This was football on Saturday where we lost in the last minute to the best side in our league,  Leeds, if there had been VAR (which I don’t like) we may well of won  (hey ho!) Roll on tomorrow.

                                           

Moths in the Gas Light

A Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings song for today. We thoroughly enjoyed last night’s brilliant concert. It was top quality performance from some wonderfully talented musicians. It was our first visit since St. George’s had been revamped, it has certainly enhanced the whole experience.

Today’s Story Telling was a shorter one because of the cold. I told a Philippa Pearce Story the Running Companion, I have told it many times but today I added some new variations.

Autumn Song

I think possibly my first Van Morrison song for a title! Talking music we are going to see Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings at St Georges in Bristol tonight really looking forward to it!

Busy preparing stories for future gigs. I Start some Christmas ones in schools soon (still got a couple of gaps in December-I’m doing my Christmas Angels story for K.S. 2 and for K.S. 1 I’m doing The Angry Snowman.) Both are enjoyable fun stories to tell.

I am also learning a new story for the Three Horseshoes for our now traditional entertainment. Anybody that hasn’t been before it is our Book Club that take over the pub and provide old fashion entertainment. This includes Poems, Songs, Music and of course a Story. Mike my brother will be performing his poems and selling an array of delightful and wonderful picture books on a variety of themes so if seeking Christmas Presents for young people come along.

Wednesday 4th December Three Horseshoes Frampton starting at 8 p.m. Join us! It will be a good night it is free although there will be a collection for Farms for City Children!

Webbed Feet!!!!!!!

Can’t believe the awful weather yesterday (Thursday) non-stop heavy rain and it was cold! There was snow nearby as well! I foolishly cycled to Wick Court for my Story Telling in the wonderful Round House. I did have waterproofs and overshoes but didn’t really prepare me for roads awash with water. Quite challenging riding through the water -thankfully nothing like Yorkshire.

I had to do a winter bird survey near Slimbridge today-ground of course was saturated. Highlight was seeing two Great White Egrets and a Cettis Warbler. Many Fieldfares overhead as well. Also managed on my way there to see  the Shag (a sea bird) that has been on the local canal for the last week as well.

Bonny Bunch of Roses

Short blog today! Last night saw June Tabor and The Osyterband at Cheltenham Town Hall.  A superb concert from some talented musicians. We really enjoyed it, we have four more concerts to look forward over the next few weeks. Nothing beats live performance! The Bonny Bunch of Roses is a song about Napoleon.

At Wick Court yesterday I enjoyed my weekly Bird Watch with the young people from Old Oak Primary School from London. They had good views of Lapwings on the River and many Redwings flying over.

Tonight at Book Club we are discussing Border Country by Raymond Williams.

Hopefully another bog tomorrow after my Story Telling.