Monthly Archives: February 2016

News from Blewbury Pre-School Playgroup

We are now well into the term and our theme this year has been ‘People Who Help Us’.

We have enjoyed visits from the Police, our local GP Dr Sally Lewis, Dental Nurse Stevie, and the Fire Officers from Didcot Fire Station.

We have baked cakes with Tash Pepper, cooked stir fry to celebrate Chinese New Year, learnt all about farming and had lots of fun exploring and learning through the early years’ curriculum.

On 19th March we are holding our annual Spring Craft and Food Fair in the Village Hall, please do come along and support us, we would love to see you there.


The 6-week village consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan began on 1st February and runs to 14th March.

We are holding informal events to answer your questions, explain the complex rules that the Plan has to follow, and above all listen to your opinions and suggestions. Drop in at any time:

  • Wednesday 24th February, 2–4 pm, Style Acre
  • Sunday 6th March, 2–4 pm, Vale Room (Village Hall)

The full Plan and Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website, Printed copies of the Plan, together with some Frequently Asked Questions, are available at the Post Office*, school*, pre-school*, surgery, the Melland Room at the Rec., Style Acre, the Benefice Centre, both pubs, 39 Dibleys* and Ladycroft Park Office. You can borrow copies kept at the starred places* for 24 hours.

All comments and suggestions regarding the Plan are very welcome! Comments can be made at the public events, via our website, or by filling in a form at the Post Office.

Remember, this is your Plan and it will only be adopted if a majority agree to it in the village referendum after the Vale has examined it, so please take the time to read it and to have your say.

VPA Events for 2016

The VPA is organising a series of garden visits and other events during 2016. Full details of costs for the outings will be issued in the Blewbury Bulletin and on the Upton News Website prior to the event and you will need to register four weeks before the event.

If you are interested in visiting any of these gardens listed below, registration will be available at the Blewbury Post Office or contact:   Margaret Maytham on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095 You can also contact us on our e-mail address:     We will advise transport arrangements when we have numbers.

SATURDAY 16th APRIL (day visit)
BATSFORD ARBORETUM, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos.
Is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos.

SATURDAY 4th JUNE (day visit to two gardens)
HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN, Chipping Campden, Glos. (Morning visit)
Is one of England’s great Arts and Crafts gardens. Created by Major Lawrence Johnston with outstanding herbaceous borders
KIFTSGATE COURT GARDEN, Chipping Campden, Glos. (Afternoon visit)
Three generations of women gardeners have designed, planted and sustained this garden, with spectacular views of Malvern Hills
SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER (day visit)

LOSELEY PARK, near Guildford, Surrey
The garden is part of the grounds of Loseley Park and Includes a walled garden largely based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll


SUN. 23rd OCT PLANT SALE AT THE RED LION PUB, BLEWBURY 1.00pm – 3.00pm with Sustainable Blewbury’s Apple Day
WED. 2nd NOV ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – The Vale Room 7.00pm