Flying the flag for Blackford 

We're flying the flag for Blackford literally down at our building, personally through
our members active in the community and through this page. As well as giving the
answers below for this week's flags, it's a place to host some of the information being circulated through the village by Blackford Cares or the church and the many videos shown on Facebook in the Blackford Cares Group or the Blackford Gala page. Both the flags and the information might stimulate interest and investigation as we look beyond our current circumstances.

In honour of the newly constituted Community Veg Garden, this week’s flags all have plants one them; one side of the gate is almost certainly easier than the other. The countries are (left to right) Cyprus (olive branches), Canada (maple leaf), Macau (lotus leaf) and Eritrea (olive branch).

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.
Blackford Cares Downloads
Monday 23rd March:
As Boris Johnson was announcing "lockdown" we were printing
this flyer which brought green thumbs into the village the next day.
Sunday 26th April:
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.
Friday 8th May
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.
Friday 29th May
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.
Blackford Gala Week 2020
Here's a place to  find the Walking Treasure Hunts for both Children and Adults.
And now the answers to both walking treasure hunts, plus the scores are available here.
Perth and Kinross Council information and responses to Covid-19
This can be found on the Blackford Community Council website by clicking here.

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.