Monthly Archives: September 2016


The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is mounting an exhibition of photographs taken in Central Asia and the Middle East by Blewbury’s very own Sheila Paine.

The exhibition, in the Museum’s Long Gallery, runs from November 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 and will feature people and landscapes that caught Sheila’s eye over many years of travelling in that part of the world. The images range from individual portraits such as the Yemeni woman printed in the Bulletin, through to beautiful local architecture and a shot of Soviet armoured forces in Afghanistan.


Blewbury has no shortage of notable people, but the History Group thought it was time to talk about some less well known women who have achieved remarkable things.

On Sunday October 9th we shall take a walk round the village pointing out the houses that some of them lived in and talking about their lives and achievements. Audrey will have the able assistance of Jane Gibson to bring the characters to life. Come along and be inspired by the achievements that deserve to be celebrated. The walk starts at the Village Hall at and should take about two hours. We have to limit the number of people so please contact Audrey either at or at 850427 with your name and how many will be coming.


The Style Acre Tea Room needs your help!

The Style Acre Tea Room at Savages in Blewbury is looking for volunteers to join our friendly team.

Our tea room provides work experience for people with learning disabilities, helping them develop important work skills. Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us keep the tea room running, serving customers and preparing food.

It offers an opportunity to meet new people, in a friendly but fast paced environment. Current volunteers call it a ‘rewarding experience’, as they see the effect of their help, as the people we support learn new skills and increase confidence thanks to their help.

The team is currently looking for help on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday, although we would be delighted with help any day of the week. If you feel you can support us please contact our Volunteer Officer, Chris via email: or telephone: 01491 827593.

Sustainable Blewbury

“Otters: Conservation and Ecology”, Tuesday 11th October at 8.00 pm, Blewbury Manor Barn:  

A talk by Graham Scholey, biodiversity specialist with the Environment Agency. How Britain’s most elusive mammal was brought back from the edge of extinction. Tickets £6 including a glass of wine or home-made apple juice, available from Blewbury Post Office or on the door (if not sold out).
All profits go to WaterAid.

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, eggs and preserves. Bring items to sell at 9.15 am, along with a completed sales form that you can download from our website, or get one at the stall.

Apple juicing: We have three sessions left this autumn: the Manor stable on Sunday 9 Oct. (2–4 pm), Apple Day with the VPA plant and cake sale in the garden of the Red Lion on Sunday 23 Oct. (12–3 pm), and finally back at the Manor on Sunday 6 Nov. (12–2 pm). Our equipment can also be hired: please contact See our events web page for more information:

Coming up in November (details in the next Bulletin):            

  • Village leaf clearance: Sunday 27th November, 2–4 pm (Sunday 11th December if leaf fall is very late this year).
  • “Old House, Warm House”: a talk by Marianne Suhr, local historic buildings expert, on improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes.

Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter: Our latest newsletter, issue 15, has a wide variety of interesting articles, including the new community orchard project, saving our buses, how our food waste produces electricity, gardening at Blewbury Primary School, and much more. If you would like to sample it just click on the link on our website:




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Hi everyone. October is looming, with colder shorter days, and lots of tidying up the gardens for the winter. But we have some interesting events, listed below, to which all visitors would be welcome.

  • Monday 3rd October, Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday 4th October, Coffee at Style Acre, 10.30am. With Claire.
  • Tuesday 4th October, Lyn’s walk. We will be repeating an earlier walk along the Kennet & Avon Canal path, starting from Theale Station at 10am. There will be a stop for lunch during the walk.
  • Friday 7th October, Craft session at Liz’s 7pm. Ring Liz on 850098
  • Thursday 20th.October, Evening with Marilyn at “No 2 Things” 7pm – 9pm.
  • Wednesday 26th October, WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room at 7.30pm. Experiences of a Wimbledon Umpire. Julia Freeman.
  • Saturday 29th October, Abingdon Operatic Society–”Barnum” 2.30pm.

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.


Blewbury Local History Group

Our next meeting is on October 11th at 8pm as per usual at our Parsonage Lane room.

Anyone is welcome to attend. We are planning our talks for 2017, two speakers have already been booked and we are seeking more. Do you know of any that might be suitable? There are a number of items we are to cover this meeting and new members are always welcome to assist with our projects. Did you know we have this year cleaned the Knight and wife effigy in the Churchyard and also commissioned a study of its origins and how we might preserve it? Lots of things happen behind the scenes and our group has access to many artefacts, books, articles and photographs relating to the village. For details contact either Audrey Long on or Mark via email


News from Blewbury School

A new year at Blewbury School brings new children and new parents. We easily forget how this can be an exciting time, and also one which causes some nervousness from children and nail-biting from parents, so I am pleased to report that the foundation class students are settling in nicely and getting stuck in to the curriculum already. Their teacher, Becky Clarke, has been using the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to make leaves, masks, fruit salads and even a counting caterpillar to help with maths!

Again there is a theme throughout the school, this term it is “Explorers”, and whilst Class 1 have been looking at the world through a wonderful story, Key Stage Two have been studying the workings of the brain. From axons to neurons, it is certainly getting their own grey matter working. (A special thanks to Savages for supplying brain-like cauliflowers to demonstrate the physical properties!).

A very warm welcome goes to Miss Sequeros, and we wish her well in the year she will spend with us at the school. During her five year Teaching Degree from Madrid University, Miss Sequeros has spent time gaining teaching experience at a school in Chicago as well as within Spain and now comes to join us in Blewbury as Class 4’s teacher. Already, there is a Spanish after-school club, and class 4 are quickly picking up words, phrases and sentences.

We are really excited to have been given the status of ‘Global Learning Expert Centre’, part of our role will be to provide training to teachers in other schools. We have also been awarded a European Erasmus Project – we are linked with Finland, Spain and Germany. There will be opportunity for pupils in Year 5 or 6 this year to travel to Finland and those in Year 5 and 6 next year to travel to Spain and Germany. Teachers and students from these schools will be hosted by Blewbury in the spring and we will be looking for between 9 and 12 families to host children in pairs.

As mentioned in the last Bulletin we are still interested in seeking support from volunteers to join us in our enhanced scheme where we are encouraging people to give up some time to individual students.

If you are interested, or have a skill you would like to pass on then we can promise that you will be well supported by class teachers who will talk to you about what you can offer and match you up with specific pupils.

Another busy term at Blewbury School!     Mike Evans – Class 6 Link Governor


Goodbye to the Mobile Library

On Monday 5th September the Mobile Library paid its last visit to Blewbury and a group of us gathered to say thanks and farewell to Kate Ball, our very friendly and helpful librarian.

We will all miss her – she was very special and seemed to know which books we would enjoy. Although we all look very cheerful we were, in fact, very sad that this service has been discontinued. It has been a valuable village amenity for more than 40 years and will be a great loss. Kate has given details of the Home Library Service to people who would find it difficult to get to Didcot Library. Kate is taking this opportunity to do some travelling and we wish her Bon Voyage! PM

Green Recycling Bin:

If waste crews can’t see what’s in it, they won’t empty it

From November, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will only empty green wheelie bins if the recycling in them is loose or in clear sacks. Despite a recent campaign to raise awareness of the issue, some people are still putting in things like food waste and dirty nappies, contaminating whole truckloads of recycling – when these things are put into recycling bins in black or coloured sacks they’re not spotted until it’s too late. So if there’s a sack in a recycling bin and the waste crews can’t see what’s in it, they’ll have to assume it contains contamination and won’t empty it. Take a look at this video that shows how bad the problem is when people use black or coloured sacks –

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Contaminated recycling has become a real issue that we have to tackle. Insisting on loose recycling or clear sacks is a simple change that will make a big difference – and most people won’t be affected. If you do want to use bin-bags in your green bin, you can use clear ones, which are available from most large supermarkets and hardware stores.  In most cases, clear sacks work out cheaper than black ones.”

Councillor Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Throughout October we’ll leave a note on any bins with the wrong colour sack in it to explain the problem – we’ll empty the bin on that occasion, but from November we’ll then have to start leaving them unemptied to help us protect everybody else’s recycling from getting contaminated.”


It seems now that we will not have to vacate the Vale room until at least the end of October for the start of the Village Hall Refurbishment Project. However, do please keep an eye on the website for up-to-date information.

So, the AGM will be held on Thursday 6th October at 7pm in the Vale Room, in advance of a shortened bridge session that evening. The formal notice is on display on the Vale room noticeboard for nominations to the Committee or as Officers, and for suggested items to be discussed under Any Other Business.

The Friday evening Novices sessions have also re-commenced. If you are interested in taking part in these light, friendly, low-pressure and instructive sessions (bring a bottle if you wish!) then please email Tina Hollick at for news of when such evenings are taking place.

Note that all outstanding competitions for the 2015/2016 playing year will complete during October and the new playing year will commence on 1st November.         Michael Allen   851870