A new publication, Wagon, compiled by Peter Cockrell, is now available for sale. For those who weren’t at the launch this book is highly recommended!
Containing fascinating detail, excellent photographs and illustrations, it records how a derelict farm wagon was spotted in East Hagbourne in the 1960’s by Ron Freeborn. Years later he drew it to the attention of Blewbury to fill a theatrical need. The story records its history since then over the last forty or so years. Now skillfully restored it was finally installed in its splendid home earlier this year.
This dedicated and comprehensive research by Peter Cockrell is also enhanced by other excellent contributions. These reflect the traditional agricultural background of Blewbury and other local villages in days gone by. The Blewbury Wagon is now a remarkable symbol and addition to Blewbury’s history!
Thank you to everyone who came along to the recent exhibition, The Bauer Collection, at The Red Lion. Your support and lovely comments were very special. Thank you.
The sum raised, after the cost of framing, by sales and donation, is £970.00. This has been split equally between The Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Fund and The Tony Loy Trust. Just want to say a big thank you to my family, and all who helped me get there. Janet Hewson
We have received planning approval from the Vale of White Horse District Council. We have submitted some applications for funding and are preparing others.
We have also received significant donations from the Bridge Club, Blewfest and from Janet Hewson, who donated half of the proceeds from her recent art exhibition (the other half going to the Tony Loy Trust). We are immensely grateful to them all and to everybody involved in raising money for the Hall. The village has now raised around £22,000 from fundraising events and donations since last May. This helps us demonstrate to third-party funders that we are doing our bit.
Now that we have planning approval we will work up the design in more detail so that we can get firm prices from builders. Only then can we be completely sure what the cost will be. Our current thinking is that we won’t raise all the money in one go and we will complete the works in two phases. Depending on the success of our fundraising and the prices we are quoted, we are hoping to complete the first phase next year. We will also be preparing a leaflet for distribution to everybody in the village showing the plans and inviting personal donations. Steve White