Flying the flag for Blackford 

Scroll down through the page for links to the various Blackford Cares Newsletters and flyers plus some of the videos gathered thus far over the months of the pandemic.

Ironically, with the wind from the north our theme went south and this week we're flying the flags of South Korea, South Africa, South Sudan and New South Wales.

Blackford Church Downloads
Click here to read what we sent to members after the elders' decision on Monday 16th March that the church would stop meeting together on Sundays as a large group.
Our Parish Newsletter (The Link) included "5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic points us to the Gospel" by summarising Paul Tripp's article. Read his original blog here.
Browse the rest of the church website to see what we're up to during this time including our weekly service on Zoom or laid out on the Worship without meeting page.
As we reopen the building for worship we visited regular members of our congregation and talked over what services would look and sound like. Click here to download that information. 
Blackford Cares Downloads
March 2021 Newsletter
One year on and we are distibuting a Newesletter pack round the
village again. You can download that here. The accompanying 
leaflet called Snjoying Scotland's Outdoors can be downloaded here.
For chocolate buttons click here and for a candle click here.
January 2021 Newsletter and other downloads
Our four page Blackford Cares Newsletter is available to download here.
Four indoor exercise leaflets are available from Perth and Kinross Council's Live Active Team. Click on each title to download:
Seated Exercise / Moderate Exercise 1 / Moderate Exercise 2 / Body Weight Strength
Four other sources of information from the council can also be downloaded:
Feeling the pinch / Feeling the strain / Feeling the cold / Worrying about money
December Mail drop
As Christmas approached we delivered a Blackford Cares Newsletter with various updates including news of the Festive 500 and Santa's Crafty Fun; a Community Council newsletter; the church Christmas card; and a sheet of lyrics for Carols on the Doorstep. You can get your bag of sweets here
October Flyer
The October flyer can be downloaded here and the associated Scavenget Hunt is here.
September Newsletter
To download a copy of the Blackford Cares September Newsletter please click here.
May Newsletter
The second Blackford Cares Newsletter went out accompanied by strawberries from Zed Hussain of Blackford Village Stores. You can download the newsletter here. Two articles for that newsletter had to be edited down to fit so click here for the unpotted story and more photos of the Community Vegetable Garden and click here for the fuller article on Blackford Highland Games.
Friday 8th May - VE Day
The newspaper of Tuesday 8th May 1945 and news of how we might mark the 75th Anniversary were circulated that morning. Click here for a PDF which may be slightly difficult to print as it was created as an A3 document.
April: Newsletter
The Blackford Cares Newsletter that was collated and delivered can be downloaded and read here.
The Antony Gormley art project instructions can be downloaded here and you might also want to click here to download a sheet of blank paper to use for the project.
The first round of three Blackford walks can be downloaded here if you want a version easier read on a tablet, or here if you want to print two A5 copies back to back and not fight over who carries the map and directions.
Monday 23rd March:
As Boris Johnson was announcing "lockdown" we were printing
this flyer which brought green thumbs into the village the next day.

Blackford's Lockdown film archive!

We're hosting some of the films posted on Facebook in the Blackford Cares Group or by Blackford Gala Week's page. This makes them available to non-Facebook users.

On the left we have Blackford's 2 minute silence on the Anniversary of VE Day and on the right the story of the Blackford Air Raid Siren that was sounded that day.

Now from the sublime to the ridiculous. On the left some of the photos shared with us on the Blackford Cares Facebook Group as we went out and rediscovered our local area; too many photographers to mention but we thank them all. And on the right, Blackford's tribute to the Full Monty. 

Blackford's response to Clap for Carers was sometimes captured with some of the music performed that evening. Here are a couple of examples.
Over 80 scarecrows appeared in the village for Gala Week plus various window decorations. Most are in the film on the left. On the right, one of the live Thursday night performances of the Blackford Lockdown Orchestra at The Cross on Stirling Street. This launched the video version premiered at the Gala Concert and available here on Youtube. 

The challenge was laid to the village to complete a 500 mile walk in late June. We walked 500 more. Here (left) is the roll of honour from the slightly damp weekend.

The first film of 2021 brings Easter greetings from across the village and we've put it alongside last year's for comparison; my how that hair's changed.