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!

Winter Frost and Fog

Enjoying the frosty weather but sadly for those of us near the River we have had a blanket following the valley. Yesterday on my ride the difference was palpable, lights and balaclava for in the fog-sunglasses and open jacket out in the sunshine! I had great views of the fog hanging in the valley from the high up in Painswick.

Busy on the writing front -mainly for the Two Severn Bores. I am trying to write a different angle on the story of Boudicca.

I am going to be busy over the next couple of months, several whole day school bookings as well as the Two Severn Bores gigs through the winter and spring.

Barmy Army!!!!!!!!!

Mainly a sporting blog today and a little bit about Story Telling at the end! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this young vibrant England cricket team in South Africa over the last couple of Test Matches. Have done really well coping with sickness and injuries. Ollie Pope looks a top class batsmen and looks to have a promising career ahead of him. I am hoping the football for my beloved Hatters will turn around soon, confidence is low at the moment we could do with a bit of luck for a change.

Slowly upping the miles on the bike when it isn’t pouring with rain. Today I loved climbing over the Cotswolds on a beautiful frosty morning. Have to cherish these mornings after the persistent rain.

The Two Severn Bores had our first rehearsal of our new collaboration  “Walking the Tightrope” last night even though we haven’t finished writing the whole show! Our first performance is three weeks away at Kingshill House on Friday 7th February starting at 7.30 all welcome!


No not the wizard (or one of my bikes) but the bird for today’s title. Just completed the monthly bird survey out by the River Severn and a female Merlin was the highlight -one of my favourite birds. Surprisingly we didn’t see that many species on our patch although we saw there were thousands of birds up at Slimbridge.

First Story Telling session of 2020 is later this afternoon at Wick Court.

In Search of Owls

Went looking for an owl this morning, a rarity reported nearby. No sign plenty of Wagtails (Grey and Pied), Woodpeckers, Linnets, and a flock of Long-tailed Tits was some compensation!

While on a wildlife theme we thoroughly enjoyed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. We try and go every year and it never disappoints. When I see the young people’s photos against  pictures I have taken I feel very inadequate!

Trying hard to write and also learn new stories I have a busy couple of months coming up.

Picture below is from the Tutankhamen exhibition it was my phone-honest!!!!!!!


Idiot Wind

Another Dylan song for today’s title which reflects my incompetence with new blog format-however, I may have sorted it!

This will be a  short blog to test out this format!  I will write some more tomorrow if this is successful. I am busy writing material for the Two Severn Bores new show-our first performance is on 7th February at Kingshill House! Details to follow.

Just Like a Rolling Stone

Title refers to the play we saw in London earlier in the week-it was called Girl from the North Country and the whole show was interspersed with the cast singing Dylan songs. The actress who sang Just Like a Rolling Stone was brilliant-possibly the best version I have heard!

London Calling

First time I’ve used a Clash song for a title! We are off for a cultural visit in the capital. This includes the Tutankhamun exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Troy Exhibition and hopefully a show if we can get a cheapish ticket!

Disappointed with football at the moment we will have to wait for next season to win the FA Cup! Hopefully the cricket might cheer me up!

Welcome 2020!!!!!

Happy New Year to all of you who read this blog. Word press have updated the way I write it so it is all tentative on my part. The last 3 were all slightly fraught as I got used to it-I will aim to do one with a picture soon!

We are now back home after travels to celebrate the festivities with the family in two distinct time chunks.



Fairly short blog today! I hope you all have had a wonderful time. We certainly did here in deepest Gloucestershire. It has been tough with late nights, alcohol, and wonderful food! The only blot was watching my favourite football team capitulate today in Bristol. Such a disappointment after a wonderful game on Boxing Day-it is going to be a long season!   The Bristol Brewery before the game was a highlight.                              

Sadly I haven’t been able to get any writing done over this holiday period.


Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas to you all. There are quite a few of you out there who read my ramblings that is supposed to be about my Story Telling adventures; but, as you will no doubt know by now often includes other things from bird watching to sport.