Monthly Archives: June 2016

Update on the Vale Local Plan

The independent  inspector’s report of the Vale’s Local Plan is quite encouraging for Blewbury as it might put a stop to major development in the AONB.

The interim report of his findings has been published and in particular the examiner refers to two sites around Harwell and Didcot (which includes Blewbury) and says

The Plan envisages that housing allocation sites 12 and 13, which are located within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), would be developed for around 550 and 850 dwellings respectively. This would be major development, which the Framework indicates should be refused except in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated it is in the public interest…….. I conclude that modification of the plan to delete sites 12 and 13 is thus necessary. This would be a reduction of 1400 planned houses but more importantly set a precedent for future incursions into the AONB.

In appendix 1 he states that the Five Year Housing Land Supply Outcome assuming deletion of housing allocation sites 12 and 13 from the plan still exceeds requirement.

His interim results can still be challenged but they are encouraging. They cannot , unfortunately, be applied retrospectively.

The full pdf document can be found here.

 

Blewbury events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Thanks to sponsorship by the Blueberry and a special grant for events directly related to the Queen’s 90th Birthday from VWHDC we were able to produce the colourful insert which listed all the events of the two weekends which you found in your June Bulletin.

The first weekend of our special events was celebrated successfully by a good cross section of the village. It started with a successful peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major by the bellringers which was dedicated to the Queen and a lovely mellow sound could be heard throughout Blewbury on the morning of Saturday 11th – 5088 changes – quite an achievement and congratulations to the bellringers.

Family Day started at noon and the fun began. The Bar by Blewbury Junior Cricket Club, a barbecue by Blewbury School and a hog roast which sold out by Coopers of Aston Tirrold. Cream teas by the WI, Ice creams by the PTA, Preschool made us all glitter with tattoos. Many societies were represented including the tennis club, badminton club, junior football, the Garden Market. There were lot of stalls with very good quality goods, a fairground roundabout and two bouncy castles. The afternoon started with a Dog Show to rival Crufts which had a record number of entries and people were standing 2 deep around the ringside and it was hugely entertaining. This was followed by Betty Bloom Dance who were beautiful and a display by Cando Martial Arts. The finale was the village Tug of War heats – all encouraged by a very noisy crowd. Ian Bacon complete with megaphone kept the whole thing flowing well with a very amusing commentary. Winners of all events listed separately.

Most people who were still on their feet after a busy afternoon came to the Summer Dance at Hall Barn. The evening stayed (mainly) dry but the Disco was great and at least 120 of us enjoyed our picnics with friends in the garden and then dancing the night away in the Barn.

On Sunday 12th the Boules competition took place and was enjoyed by both competitors and spectators.

Special thanks to:

Steve of Foremost Roofing Services for transporting chairs to the field – and back again.

Simon Barlow’s driver Kevin for transporting all the tables, large gazebos and the barbecues to and from the field. Without help with transport this event could not take place.

Everybody who helped in any way with Family day, the Dance and the Boules Competition.

Deirdre and Malcolm Cochrane for allowing us to hold the Summer Dance at Hall Barn.

Everybody who came along and supported any event

WINNERS OF COMPETITIONS

Scarecrows – We had 15 very good and entries and a wide interpretation of the theme ‘Royals’ The Judges worked independently and had a very difficult job to decide but their unanimous decision was as follows. We want to thank everybody who took part this year and hope they had a lot of fun

 

Category Winners
Adult Category 1st Sally Begley The Royal Dog Watch The Dilley Cup
2nd Sue Huart The Heir and Spare
Family Category 1st Goyder Children The Blueberry Blue Bloods Family Cup
2nd Doherty Family Game of Thrones
Group Category 1st Blewbury Pre-School Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace Group Cup
2nd Blewbury W I Queen’s Winnings

Dog Show – Judge Mrs Ceri McEwan from Hastings.       47 dogs took part with 121 entries

Best in Show      Heather Helmsley with Gabriella

Reserve Best in Show Amelia Dubuisson with Kiffie

Best Oldie           Amelia Dubuisson with Kiffie

Best Child Handler Noah Cameron with Monty

Best Puppy         Izzy Marcham with Rosie

Dog Most like his Owner Monty with Adam Cameron

Tug of War Competition –           Winners of the  Bob Daley Cup — Blewbury Dads ‘B’ Team

Boules Competition                       Winners Matt and Mike Duckett

Congratulations to all winners and special thanks to everybody who took part.

Sorry we couldn’t get the Red Arrows – we did try but they were busy somewhere else with the Queen!

The BVS thanks the Blewbury Bulletin for Sponsoring Family Day.

Reports on Happy & Glorious and the Curry Lunch and all the other Summer Events in the next Bulletin.

Sustainable Blewbury

 

Community Orchard: Our Community Orchard Group (COG) is attracting a lot of interest. Thanks to all the people who made suggestions at the Family Fun day, and welcome to all the enthusiastic new COGGERS who volunteered to help. We’ve sampled the soil at Tickers Folly Field – it looks good and is not rocky. During the next few months we’ll be choosing an interesting variety of trees based on suggestions we’ve collected and designing the layout. And we’re still delighted to talk to people who would like to get involved – if you are interested please contact John Ogden: jogden@blewbury.net.

Subterranean biodiversity: Groundwater, particularly in chalk aquifers, supports a unique group of animals which are only found in this deep, dark environment. The Hypogean Crustacea Recording Scheme aims to gather information on the distribution of these unusual species, which can often be found in wells. If you have or know of a well that could be sampled for these interesting creatures we would like to hear from you! Please contact glen.meadows@environment-agency.gov.uk to arrange for a biological survey of your well. Further information on the recording scheme can be found at hcrs.freshwaterlife.org/scheme

AONB talk: Rose Somerset’s talk about our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty landscape at the Manor Barn raised £377 for the Village Hall refurbishment fund. Thanks to everyone who attended this interesting event! NOTE: Rose gave us some packs containing leaflets describing 10 interesting walks in the AONB, though not in our immediate area. They are on sale at the Post Office for £2 per pack (to help cover the AONB’s costs).

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings until October, 9.30–11.30, Blewbury Garage forecourt: We sell plants and seedlings for your garden, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, and home-made bread, cakes and preserves. If you’d like us to sell your surplus items please bring them at 9.15am, with a completed sales form which you can download from our website www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm, or get one at the stall.

Apple juicing: We will be holding fortnightly apple juicing sessions starting on Sunday 28th August at the Manor from 2–4pm and continuing to early November. Watch for posters giving alternative venues on some Sundays!

Willow Workshop: Sustainable Blewbury has the option of organising another Willow Workshop in Blewbury on Saturday August 20th. If anyone is interested in taking part please contact Kathy Edmunds, Wayside Cottage on 01235 850337 or at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

BLEWBURY FREECycle – FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME E-MAIL TEL NO.
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850710
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We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at: info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

THE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF WILLIAM MALTHUS

The Foundation exists for the benefit of young people resident in Blewbury.

The governing scheme states that, subject to the payment of expenses, the Trustees shall apply the Income as follows:

  • Towards providing benefits of any kind, not provided by the School or LEA, as may be agreed between the Trustees and the Governors of the School.
  • In promoting the education of children and young people (under the age of 25 years) resident in the Parish, who are in need of financial assistance, in particular:
  1. In awarding grants for further education at schools, universities, colleges and educational institutions as approved by the Trustees.
  2. In providing financial assistance, outfits, tolls, instruments, books etc to pursue their education or to prepare for or enter a profession, trade or occupation on leaving school, university or other educational establishment.
  3. In assisting individuals by providing them with outfits or paying fees, travelling or maintenance expenses or, by other means, to allow them to earn their living.

The annual income of the Trust is approximately £9,000 per annum and after making grants to the School and paying the insurance on the Playgroup building, small individual grants are available to students attending places of further education.

The grants are awarded at a Trustees’ Meeting held in early September when the level is assessed by dividing the available Income between the number of applicants.

Applications are now invited from individuals attending Universities and Colleges of Further Education or taking up Apprenticeships. APPLICATION FORMS are available from Mr D Buck at Ridgemount, Church Road, Blewbury.

Completed applications must be returned to the above address ON OR BEFORE 25th AUGUST 2016. It is recommended that applications are hand delivered as they are not acknowledged.

Any application received after the above date will be held over to be considered by the Trustees at their March meeting, when grants are often lower because the financial requirements for the rest of the year are unknown.

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

The VPA – your local village gardening club

 

On Saturday 4th June we visited Hidcote Manor Garden and Kiftsgate Court Garden, both in Chipping Campden. Ten of us made the trip and had a thoroughly enjoyable day. The Kiftsgate Garden was superb and I bought a dwarf honeysuckle from their plant stall. It grows to only 2m in height, which is ideal for my little garden in Didcot.

DO REMEMBER

SATURDAY 9th JULY – VPA ANNUAL SHOW

START PLANNING YOUR ENTRIES!

SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE FROM BLEWBURY POST OFFICE OR MAGGIE MAYTHAM IN UPTON.

Also have a look on the website – https://blewburyanduptonvpa.wordpress.com/

Our next garden visit is on Sunday 4th September and is a trip to Loseley Park near Guildford in Surrey – the makers of Loseley ice cream!! Watch out for the posters and information in Blewbury Post Office or through Maggie Maytham in Upton.

DID YOU KNOW?  According to the Guinness Book of World Records the tallest ever sunflower grew to 7.76m high – about the height of four men standing on each other shoulders. Maybe we could have a competition next year and try and get into the record books. Have a great summer and enjoy your garden and/or allotment.  We’ll catch up again in September.  Happy Gardening Eileen

 

Notes from the allotment

As usual with British weather, it can’t make up its mind whether to hit us with a heatwave or a monsoon.

It does make it difficult to plan in advance! The most notable effect of all this confusion is that the weeds positively LOVE it, and have grown exponentially. If you leave them for a couple of days, they grow two feet, so it is vital to try and keep on top of them – not easy.

We are well into broad bean season now, with the autumn sown ones ready for cropping and the spring sown ones catching up fast. Don’t forget to nip the tops out to confuse the aphids, although so far I have not seen many. I read recently that a bean is at its best when the pods are swelling so that you can see the shape of the bean inside and when you open it, the scar attaching the bean to the pod should be green or white, not black – if it is then it is past it.

My first sowing of leeks and carrots having completely failed, I tried again in the warmer weather and this time have had good results. In the meantime a friend helped out with some surplus leek seedlings and they are now growing well. The new ones can go into the ground in a few weeks’ time. And in lieu of sowing salad leaves I bought a tray of “growing salad” from a well-known supermarket and planted them all out – a wonderful crop with very little effort or cost.

I’m still not having much luck with brassicas; my first beautiful seedlings were entirely destroyed by slugs, and the replacements are struggling to get going. Still, they are in the ground for a long time so hopefully they get their act together soon. And the onions, I’m obviously not feeding them enough as they are still puny….shame!

On the fruit front, it looks like being a very good year for soft fruits; my tayberry is smothered in fruit already and summer raspberries are forming. I think there are a lot of gooseberries but they are doing their usual hiding trick of under the leaves. And I think I will be having a bumper harvest of strawberries; I have a patch at the allotment and two patches at home, all now tucked up under their bed of straw to protect them from mud, rain and slugs, and netted against the hungry birds! Angela Hoy (angela.hoy@sky.com)

Blewbury WI news

Tea for Two? It was more like tea for 200 as the WI Ladies served tea and their delicious home- made cakes at the Fun Day on June 11th celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. Everyone will be welcome to join us at the following events, which will cover July and August.

  • Friday 1st July, Crafts meeting at Liz’s. 7pm. Ring Liz on 850098
  • Wednesday 6th July, Local walk. Meet at Village Hall 9.30am. There will be no Walk in August.
  • Thursday 7th July, Flower Demo at Cassington.
  • Thursday 7th July, Coffee at Style Acre with Marilyn. 10.30am.
  • The date for the Scrabble meetings will be posted on the WI website (address below)
  • Wednesday 13th July, Visit to Buscot Park.
  • Wednesday 27th July, WI monthly meeting at the Vale Room 7.30pm: “An Evening of Flowers” June Cassel.
  • Friday 29th July, Crafts meeting at Liz’s 7pm. 850098
  • Wednesday 24th August, Summer Garden Meeting at the Melland Room.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our webpage, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.  Love from Cilla.

Blewbury Croquet Club

The season is now in full swing and various home and outside tournaments have been played with mixed results.

We lost to Oxford University in the Southern Federation League, this usually happens because the Uni students play well above their handicaps! Unfortunately we were knocked out in the first round of the Longman Cup by Harwell. During the afternoon the Radio Oxford Saturday Sport programme did a live broadcast from the match.

On the plus side half the Berkshire team in the Inter-Counties match was made up of Blewbury club members. (Blewbury was in Berkshire when the Croquet Association was formed, and so is still counted as such). The match is played over four days and the Berkshire team came third and so won promotion to the First Division.

The local round of the All England Golf Croquet Handicap competition was won by David Seed who will go on to play in the Area Final. The Ladies Golf Croquet Doubles tournament was won by Marion Allin and Eileen Taylor.

By the time you read this you may have seen club members playing on the beautiful lawn at Hall Barn during the Open Gardens afternoon. We play a fun version of the game for the Roger Cambray Shield, in memory of Roger, a founder member of the club.

For details about the club, and our club events, please see our website www.blewburycroquetclub.org.uk. Or contact June Wolff 01235 851567, june@wolff.co.uk.

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

Wow where does time go?

It’s been a very busy time in Blewbury tower, and we hope that you’ve all enjoyed hearing the bells. As well as our normal ringing we also rang the bells for two special services – the Archdeacon’s visitation for the swearing in of all the churchwardens in the Wantage Deanery, and for the Thanksgiving service to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The wedding season started with a quarter peal being rung in the morning to celebrate the wedding of Cassie and Jon. This was rung by some of the wedding guests and three of our Blewbury ringers, and we also rang after the wedding. On the morning of June 11th we rang a peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major (ringing for 3 hours) to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. This was Matt Napper’s first peal, so well done Matt, hopefully more to come! We also took part in the family day celebrations, a very enjoyable afternoon and hopefully we may have encouraged some people to think about visiting the tower. And with that thought in mind………. (and the fact that by the time you read this we will have passed the longest day and you may be thinking of a new hobby for the autumn), we are going to hold an open evening at the beginning of October. We hope to see as many people as possible, so watch this space in the September bulletin for more details. A very happy summer to everyone.

 

Cricket: The scent of victory

A scintillating spell of fast bowling from Scott Harris rushed Blew Wallies to a lightning victory over Horley on June 4.

The paceman took 7 for 11, including a hat-trick that turned into a four-wicket maiden (followed up by a wicket maiden), as the home side were blasted out for 43 in only 12.1 overs. Harris has been in top form all season, but this performance was red-hot, with all but one of his victims (who was caught in the slips by Mark Carey) bowled or lbw. His new-ball partner, the county teenager Tom Gould, played Morne Morkel to Harris’s Dale Steyn, taking 3-36. Blewbury & Wallingford 1sts wasted little time in chasing down their target, with Carey (22) the only man to fall as Blew Wallies breezed to a nine-wicket win in the ninth over. The Division 3 game was done and dusted by 2.30pm, as Blew Wallies move up to 2nd in the table.

Several of the 1st XI came back to Boham’s Road to watch the 2nds making a game of a low-scoring encounter with a largely youthful Challow & Childrey 3rds in Division 9(S). Having been put into bat on a sluggish surface, Blew Wallies made 113-6 off 45 overs. Stuart Edwards carried his bat for 45, while Ian Saunders produced two stunning strokes (a lofted off-drive and a clubbing pull) in his 24 before falling as he tried to break the bowlers’ stranglehold. Joe Harris, a left-arm spinner who turned it both ways, was all but impossible to play, and bowled 14 overs for only 15 runs. Blew Wallies’ skipper Mark Cox showed touches of his class with a delicate late cut and a sumptuous backfoot square drive off the pacy teenager Fergus Fishburn, but was run out before he really got going. The final total felt at least 30 runs shy of being competitive.

With Neil Smith as canny as ever and 14-year-old Ollie Mew running in purposefully and hitting the pitch hard, Blew Wallies made life difficult for the opposition’s openers, though. The breakthrough came when the astute Roger Podbery mistimed first-change off-spinner Richard Clayton’s long-hop straight to Jack Vincent at mid-wicket. The 13-year-old made no mistake. As Clayton found his range and Smith plugged away, 28-1 became 45-5 and Blew Wallies could sense the unlikeliest of wins. Yet the experienced pair of Philip Cox and Gary Rees slowly closed the door on this potential great escape, with what became a match-winning partnership of 72. Still, the 2nds deserve plenty of credit for keeping the result in the balance for as long as they did.