Monthly Archives: August 2016

Style Acre Summer Walk

Local charity Style Acre is holding its annual Summer Walk on Saturday 10th September.

It is a walking tour from our T2 service in Didcot, to our Tea Room Blewbury and it will give people the chance to learn a little more about us and what we do.

For details contact Chris Burrows on 01491 827593 or at


We have been busy all summer making plans to bring you a great line up of Live Music on Sept 10th. Please follow this link for the latest information.

Besides all the great music we have a bar stocking more real ales and ciders than ever before and the Posh Pimms & Fizz Bar. There will be a BBQ in the day and chilli supper. We have bouncy castles, sweet stalls, glitter tattoos and pocket money stalls to keep the kids entertained.

We are very lucky to be able to keep this event FREE ENTRY and this is only possible due to the generosity of our community and sponsors. Our main sponsors this year are:-

BrookStreet des Roches, an unusual law firm (not just because not many law firms sponsor music festivals) but in that they specialise in advising companies up and down the country on their property–related issues. Most law firms that do that are based in London, or the big regional cities, but BrookStreet des Roches is based just down the road on Milton Park. Check them out on www.bsdr.comso

James Gesner Estate Agents, with over 30 years’ collective experience, they pride themselves on their friendly and personal approach with an unrivalled personal service working with your very best interests in mind. Find them at

Ways You Can Help …

Can you help with setting up/clearing down, flipping burgers or pouring a few pints, please consider sparing an hour or two to go on our rota? Drop a message to or contact us via our Facebook page.

We are still looking for local businesses or individuals to sponsor a barrel, in return for advertising at the event and a shout out on the day. If you can help please email

We are raising money for good causes in Blewbury so may we politely request you support the bar and BBQ, so please no BYO or picnics and a reminder that no dogs are allowed on the school playing field.

We look forward to seeing you all on 10 Sept.

Sustainable Blewbury

“Trees – in all their glory”, Thursday 15th September at 8.00 pm, Blewbury Manor Barn:

A talk by Richard Roslyn, illustrating from his photos the vital and integral part trees play in our landscape. Richard is both head gardener at the Manor and a superb photographer, so his talk should be both informative and beautifully illustrated. Tickets £6 including a glass of wine or juice, available from Blewbury PO or on the door if not sold out.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturdays until 15th October, 9.30–11.30 am, Blewbury Garage: This is where to find fresh local food, including many items that you won’t find in shops. Producers, please bring your surplus fruit, vegetables and flowers for us to sell, as well as home-made cakes, bread and preserves. We also have a supply of jam jars for your preserving needs. Bring items to sell at 9.15 am, with a completed sales form which you can download from our website, or get one at the stall.

Apple juicing: Our 2016 sessions start at Manor Stable on 28 Aug. (2–4 pm), followed by Blewbury School on 11 Sept. (12–2 pm), the Harvest Festival at St. Michael’s Church on 25 Sept. (11.30 am–2 pm), back to the Manor on 9 Oct. (2–4 pm), Apple Day with the VPA in the garden of the Red Lion on 23 Oct. (12–3 pm), and finally back at the Manor on 6 Nov. (12–2 pm). The equipment is also available for hire: please contact See our events web page for more information:



Blackwall 330 litre compost bin / converter

Sally Wills


Old ‘stone’ sink 18x30x6 inches

Old farmhouse sink (white porcelain) 16x25x10 inches

Sony DVD/CD writer (Sony DRX-500UL)

Mark Vaughn

To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

Blewbury’s bus services: Please see the separate article in this Bulletin.

We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at:


The VPA – Your local village gardening club

On Saturday 9th July we held our 69th Annual Show. Although the number of entrants was down on last year, standard of entries was as good as ever, despite the strange spring and early summer weather we had. Well done to those who took part and thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a success.

PLEASE NOTE: Our garden visit scheduled for the 4th September has been postponed until the spring because many people who want to attend are still on holiday.

Below is the remainder of our programme for 2016. We look for to seeing you at these events.

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

DID YOU KNOW? Caterpillars can devastate a crop of cabbages like a biblical plague of locusts, but you can help protect younger plants by adding about half a tablespoon of salt to your watering can. The plants absorb the salt, making them unpleasant for caterpillars who bloat and die if they consume it, but the cabbages will have expunged the salt by the time they reach maturity.          Happy Gardening  Eileen


Well done to all of our Year 6 pupils who responded with amazing resilience to this year’s SATS which were both difficult and controversial; they showed themselves to have extremely good attitudes towards their learning.

They finished off their year with both a challenging residential trip with some activities which really tested their nerve and a splendid musical performance, ‘Aladdin Trouble’. This musical pantomime which they ably abridged and organised themselves was able to showcase individual personalities and talents.

From Interaction to Exploration

During this last year we have focused our themes based on ‘Interaction’ with the summer term having a particular focus on Appreciation. There were many successful activities but here are three different examples. Our new biodome and garden area has caused much interest amongst the children, they have been able to sow, plant out, pick and eat various produce. We have even sold some at the Saturday market and are pleased that we have been able to link with Sustainable Blewbury, including support with watering during the summer. Class 4 had a very successful Garden tour which involved visiting four different gardens to consider design and the range of plants used. Just before the end of term we hosted two women Syrian refugees who had been sponsored by the British Council to be part of a touring play which told their story. Whist they were in Oxford it was arranged that they would visit us for a question and answer session which gave our Key Stage 2 children an opportunity to really find out about the plight of Syrian refugees. Following on and at the request of the children to fundraise we had a Bacon Roll start to our last Thursday morning of term and raised £180 in about 30 minutes.

This year our overriding theme is ‘Exploration’ and we would love you to contact us if you are an explorer or have had some exciting and challenging experiences which you have had to prepare to undertake. We want to start by looking at the skills needed in preparing for an exploration. The school is also pleased to be awarded Global Learning Expert Centre: we will be working both to enhance global learning in our own school and to provide training to other local schools. Again if you have any experiences to share please contact the school office or Marion Mills.

New Adult Volunteers Needed

Quite a few children in our school respond very well to additional one-to-one time with a supportive adult, who might read to them, listen to them read, or just talk with them and/or get them interested in a new activity. For this reason the school greatly appreciates individuals, who can give a small amount of time to come into school occasionally as a volunteer. In the last school year Jane Gibson for example has been doing this and says it is the most rewarding thing she has done in retirement. If you think you might be interested in helping in this way we would love to hear you. Please talk to Becky Costello at the school or Andrew Hewson or Roger Murphy (both governors), who together are going to be promoting a new 1-2-1 volunteers scheme in 2016/17. There will be some briefing meetings for potential new volunteers in Sept/Oct.   Marion Mills and Roger Murphy


We finished our academic year with a wonderful visit to Beale Park, followed by a presentation of books to all our children who are going on to Primary School in September.

The children and staff have worked hard all year and were delighted to win prizes in the Blewbury and Upton VPA show for their ‘Mr Potato Heads’ and a Cup in the Village Scarecrow Competition, which was presented by Pat Mattimore (see picture).

We had great fun at our Sports Day, when children won stars for competing in a number of traditional races; congratulations to the winners of the Mums’ and Dads’ races and to all those who took part! We are looking forward to our next year and are delighted to say that our numbers are thriving and we have planned an exciting and interesting term on ‘All about me’ for the children. Our vegetable garden this year has produced courgettes, green beans, strawberries and tomatoes and we are looking forward to being involved with Sustainable Blewbury’s permaculture site. Best wishes to all our friends and families for the new term.



We will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 29th August, allowances normally paid out on that day, will be available in accounts on the Friday before.

We have some gorgeous Capability Brown commemorative stamps on sale at the moment, and maybe some of the Beatrix Potter ones, if they haven’t all gone by now! There will be some on sale in September commemorating the Great Fire of London, and we hear a rumour of some Agatha Christie ones too!

Kind people have handed in a camera, with pictures of 2 children up at Tickers Folly, and a camera with a broken back screen (we think someone had put it in the rubbish) but was found in the road, with a memory card still left inside! Also handed in, a small teddy comforter and a child’s shape toy, we also have a pair of ladies prescription sunglasses, several sets of keys, one with one of the gas/electic cupboard keys, probably from Dibleys?

Love from Karen & Angela


After our August break, the September meeting on Tuesday 13th will see us deciding how to make available to villagers our vast photographic library which one of our members has recently finished digitising.

The subjects, although Blewbury related, are varied. The information which has come to light in 2016 about one villager whose suffragette activities became the stuff of legend will also be discussed to see how we can publish it. Hopefully many people reading this will remember the articles that Derek Smith used to offer each month to the Bulletin concerning life in the village in years gone by. How interesting it would be if we could have the same again, perhaps covering the 1960’s and 70’s which are some time past now. Our winter programme of talks is also being compiled and we hope that new members may visit us to see how we spend our one evening per month.

Simply turn up, or to find out more, call Audrey Long, 850427 email  or Mark Palethorpe at


Hello everyone. I hope you all are enjoying this lovely Summer weather, and perhaps some good holidays. Our forthcoming events for September are listed below and everyone is welcome to join us.

  • Monday 5th September, Oxford open top Bus Tour. With lunch at the Cote Brasserie.
  • Monday 12th September, Coffee at Style Acre, 10.30am with Joan.
  • Wednesday 14th September, Lyn’s walk, leaving the Village Hall at 9.30am. We will be walking field paths above Wantage and finishing at a lovely Farm Shop for lunch.
  • Wednesday 28th September, Monthly WI meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm.“Another opening – Another show” The story of Broadway & West End musicals. With Tony King.

Please refer to the Blewbury WI web page for the September date for Scrabble.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our web page, where you will find more information. Love from Cilla



What wonderful weather we have had for croquet! The club is doing very well in the various leagues we enter. In the SCF, Northern Division, Golf Croquet Handicap League we have won 5 out of 6 the matches and may well win. Subject to confirmation we have won SCF B Level Advanced Association Croquet League by the cunning ploy of luring the Oxford Uni team to play at Blewbury where they were baffled by our fast, flat lawns!

Two open association croquet tournaments have been held, the Blewbury & Phyllis Court tournament, won by Blewbury’s Andy Robertson and the Blewbury & Harwell tournament won by Noel Harris of Eynsham. Blewbury also won against the Watford touring team in the usual Association friendly match. The Golf croquet players also play several friendly matches against other clubs.

Coming up in the near future we have the AC Autumn Doubles on 10 September, the invitation Founder’s Cup match on 17 September and the AGM on 25 September to round off the main playing season.

For details of the club, and our club events, please see our website Or contact June Wolff 01235 851567,