Monthly Archives: August 2017

New uses for the Clubhouse

August 24, 2017

The running of the Clubhouse at the Recreation Ground is about to revert to the Parish Council.

The Clubhouse is a substantial village facility with a community  room (7.2m by 8.5m), toilets, showers, a kitchen unit, bar and WiFi. It has good car parking with motion sensor lighting which is useful in the winter.  The decline in the popularity of team sports and competition from other venues have meant that the building has not been used as fully as it could be.

The Council is anxious that this facility should be well used by the community and would like to hear from any individual or society with new and imaginative ideas.  One possibility could be to make some of the space available to local start-up enterprises, home-workers and commuters who sometimes work from home on a regular or ad hoc basis. Whilst we are seeking new opportunities for the community to use the building it is still a functioning sports facility and is available for hire by any sports teams or activity groups.

So that we can hear about and discuss in detail any possible options we would ask anyone with ideas (however off the wall) to email or to come along to an informal drop-in session on Tuesday 19 September at the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse between 7.30pm and 9.00pm.  This will be an opportunity to view the building, see what it has to offer and to ask questions.

Any use of the building should not offer competition to the village hall or existing community services, should contribute to the running costs of the building and be of benefit to the community and its residents.

Blewbury Film

August 26, 2017

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce its autumn screening for the 11th October will be The Dish, a true story which is, well, too funny not to show. The Dish won Australian Best Screen Play, Best Music Score and Best Male Actor (Sam Neill) and Best Supporting Actor (Roy Billing) in 2001 plus an ARIA music award. No wonder it has been billed as one of the most popular Australian comedies of all time!

It’s July 1969. Apollo 11’s astronauts will walk on the moon and a huge satellite dish outside the sheep-farming town of Parkes, Australia has been chosen to beam the live footage around the globe for this historic event. The whole world is depending on Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill), the reticent, pipe-smoking chief scientist, and his team of laid-back boffins, who are responsible for the operations of the gigantic radio telescope dish nestled in a remote New South Wales sheep farming community. As NASA prepared for lift-off of Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon, and the American astronauts prepared to make their giant leap for mankind, Buxton and his eccentric crew were more than happy to help out in their own way, whilst the out-back town of Parkes stumbled to make their own small steps to help out too. (This was Houston’s other problem but one we never knew anything about.) The astounding Australian situation comedy of The Dish, coupled with the drama of the Apollo 11 moon landing, makes for an absolutely brilliant and must-see film.

“A brilliant and inspired Australian comedy”


The Dish (PG)

Directed by Rob Sitch

Starring: Sam Neill, Roy Billing, Genevieve Mooy.

Please keep emailing us on to get more details, to let us know what you thought of our last show and with your film suggestions for future events.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 11th October Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 25th August

Please note: Tickets will only be available on the door if any remain unsold at the Post Office – on the door sales cannot be guaranteed. Please make sure you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. No refunds.

Licensed Bar and Ice Creams available (No BYO please)

So, if you are you interested in a local, fun, social film night, come along, try it out and give us your ideas. Like us on Facebook or email us and we’ll add you to our Mailing List and keep you informed of future events.

In association with the Blewbury Players. Profits to the Village Hall refurb.

Contact Paul Sanders or Peter Willison for more information and / or with your ideas:


We will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 28th August: any allowances paid on that day will be available on the Friday before.

Pretty new stamps include “Landmark Buildings” and “Classic Childrens Toys”, while sometime in September  we will have “Ladybird Books”.

We will also continue to accept any old style £5 notes, and we have until October for the old £1 coins!

Sadly, this is the month that our lovely Angela flies away to a new life in Canada, I thank her for her hard work & dedication to our village life, (and for coming to work in the post office too of course). I wish her every success, and hope we get to see her in the future!

I also have to say farewell to our lovely Parish Clerk, Elaine, she has been vital in keeping the village post office open, so farewell Elaine & Henrike, best wishes!

I have managed to coax Maggie from Upton to come back to work on Mondays so I can have a day off, and to cover for my holidays! Love from Karen & Angela


Your Local Village Gardening Club

Our Annual Show in July proved very successful with a large number of entries in all the different sections. We had a large number of new exhibitors, including entrants from Didcot and Harwell. Our Show is open to anyone and is not restricted to Blewbury and Upton. We managed to win the Inter-Society Competition by one point! Thank you once again to everyone who entered and a special thanks to the Blewbury Play Group who always provide a lovely entry from the children.

I am on holiday and writing this from Thurso in Scotland (not far from John O’Groats!), so I’m not sure how everyone got on with the trip to Kew Gardens on the 12th August – I hope those who went enjoyed themselves.

Our Programme continues:

Sunday 22nd October (1pm – 3pm) – Cake and Plant Sale at Red Lion, Blewbury together with Sustainable Blewbury’s apple pressing day.

Wednesday 1st November (7pm onwards) – Annual General Meeting at the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall (includes wine and nibbles).

Saturday 2nd December (7pm – ?) – VPA Annual Social at Upton Village Hall. This year will be a “London Evening” with food, quizes, games and fun. More details next month.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the above events.

DID YOU KNOW ? Although not recommended, did you know that carving a notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows? True fact! Happy Gardening Eileen

Sustainable Blewbury

Apple juicing sessions: We have five more sessions for making some of the tastiest apple juice you’ve ever had from your own apples:

  • Sunday, 10 September, 11am–1pm, Blewbury School
  • Sunday, 24 September, 2–4pm, Manor Stable
  • Sunday, 8 October, 2–4pm, Manor Stable
  • Sunday, 22 October, 12–3pm, Red Lion
  • Sunday, 5 November, 11am–1pm, Manor Stable

Please bring your (washed) apples and clean glass (screw-top) wine or drink bottles.
Cost: £1 per pressing (large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle (keeps for up to a year).

Our equipment is also available to hire: £10 in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. For details and bookings contact:

Blewbury Garden Market: Every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh garden fruit and veg, plants, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, preserves and Blewbury honey. We need more people bringing us things to sell (before 9.30) and more people to come and buy the things on sale, many of which are not in shops.




Around 300 Sahta Brookhurst handmade clay roof tiles

Football goals x2 suitable for 1-7 year olds

Various lengths of stock wire fencing (bought to create a fence for a puppy & no longer needed)

Lydia Inglis

07801 932393

Working Aldis slide projector, for 35mm & 70mm slides

Coopers slide scanner, as new

6 rolls of restful green plain wallpaper

Brenda Hopkins


High backed pine Carver Chair

4-shelf folding bookcase, beech finish W57cm, D26cm, H131cm

5-shelf folding corner unit, beech finish D29cm, H162.5cm

Sue Lay


07341 667760

Kingavon 4.2kW portable calor gas cabinet heater. Used only once. Use indoors or outdoors

Weber table top charcoal grill

Nina Hutchins


Various sizes folding vegetable covers

Vegetable growing tunnel 10ftx10ft, with insect proof netting

Outdoor table tennis table

Jane Blond

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

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, contact us at

Blewbury WI News

Hello again. September is upon us. The end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn with the nights drawing in. Perhaps we will get an Indian summer to make up for all the recent rain? All our WI events for September are listed below and we would be pleased to welcome any new Members.

  • Friday, 1st  Craft evening at Liz’s  7pm. Please phone first.
  • Monday, 4th WI lunch at The Waterfront Café, Benson. 12 midday.
  • Tuesday, 5th Scrabble at Judy’s 7.30pm. Please phone first.
  • Wednesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at Blewbury Village Hall 9.30am. A circular walk ( some have done it before) from East Ilsley – a little longer than usual – 5 miles. We will have a good lunch at The Swan, East Ilsley at the end. PAULA & JAN –if you are both coming we’ll meet you at The Swan at 10am.
  • Wednesday, 6th Coffee at Style Acre 10.30am. With Cilla.
  • Friday, 8th Talking Science at RHL Harwell 1.30pm. “ Dangerous Worlds” – Dr. Elizabeth Tasker.
  • Saturday, 9th WI Teas and Cake Stall at Blewbury’s Blewfest.
  • Wednesday, 27th WI Monthly meeting in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. 7.30pm. Speaker, Melanie King – Tea/Coffee/ Chocolate-Beverages that changed a Nation.

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.


A new season is just about to start and the first thing to begin is some archaeology digs. Dave Carless has a 2017-2018 plan and we will be hearing about that, and how much we can contribute. We shall also be planning a series of talks for the Winter and Spring; if you know of a speaker who would talk about something either of local history or archaeology please let us know. We want to encourage an interest in history, which is not just “Hitler and the Henrys” as someone said recently on TV, but our families, our houses, the ordinary everyday world that is not so ordinary when you look more carefully.

Contact either Mark or Audrey at 850427 or

Next meeting is September 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Bridge Club

Advance notice that the Annual General Meeting will once again be held this year at 7pm before a Thursday night session – on Thursday 5th October in the Vale Room. We hope to get as much bridge in as possible afterwards.

Autumn is, of course, within sight, and so also is the start of the new Wessex League season. Dermot Paddon is once again Team Captain, and so if anyone would like to take part who has not already been approached please let him know. Also, in September, the Friday night Novices sessions will re-commence. Another reminder to let Tina Hollick know if you would like to attend – she can then keep you informed about playing dates, etc. She can be contacted on Michael Allen  851870


The ring to celebrate Jim Blond’s life took place on July 12th. Jim’s family came to listen and we all enjoyed a strawberry and cream tea afterwards, sharing memories of Jim. He would be thrilled that his daughter and grandson have decided to give bell ringing a try, and have been coming to Friday evening practices.

The damp weather since mid-July hasn’t dampened the bells, although there was a moment when we wondered whether we would have the tenor bell to ring as the clapper (the bit that strikes the bell) sheared off. Swift action by Peter Corderoy in contacting Whites of Appleton and the clapper was replaced within the week. The tenor is ringing beautifully and has a very resonant sound.

Saturday 22nd July was the Branch outing ringing at five different towers in Wiltshire interspersed with lunch and tea and then rounding off with the annual Branch BBQ, a very enjoyable day indeed.

August 6th saw big celebrations: Andrew’s birthday and his wedding to Karen. Andrew rang before the service and there was more ringing afterwards, a very enjoyable afternoon. Many congratulations to Andrew and Karen.


As many of you know Angela Hoy has left the village to move to Vancouver and that is a real loss to the village.

Not only did she write the allotment notes, but she worked at the Post Office with Karen, she baked amazing granary loaves, helped run the veggie stall on a Saturday morning, and probably did loads more I should think. So I am afraid you have me writing the allotment notes from now on!!!

It’s been a funny old summer. Back in April/May it was very dry and I spent a lot of time trying to get crops to germinate. I am always the optimist and plant things way too early. They normally get hammered by a late frost but this year with a bit of judicious watering and a fleece covering, they mainly survived. Also, because it was hot and dry, the slug and snail populations were very low, so the normal mass attack by the slimy critters didn’t occur this spring. The nasty slug killer Metaldehyde is a common chemical pellet to kill the beasties, but this is very toxic to birds, and who knows what effect they have on humans (not good I suspect). So an alternative is Ferric Phosphate, (sold as Sluggo). It’s harmless to birds and humans!! (Although kills/discourages the slugs etc). Also, as it breaks down, the released phosphorus can act as a fertilizer.

One of the great things about the warm spring was the rapid growth of asparagus. It came hurtling up in early/mid May and was growing so fast that it outran the asparagus beetle, a beautiful orange and grey armour plated beastie. The beetle seems to appear as if by magic, but picking the asparagus after 2 or 3 days of rapid growth, meant I could get to the asparagus before the beetle. It was such a delicious veggie treat.

One of the great things about an allotment is taking your kids or grandkids down. They normally ravage the raspberries, or any berries, but they learn a lot. I was teaching Elliot (aged 4) to plant broad beans, and he was dabbling around with the dibber when I said ‘put your back into it Elliot, they need to be deeper than that’. He then had a good dig and planted 2 rows perfectly. The funny thing was he was down on the beach in Cornwall about 3 weeks later. His Dad was digging a hole in  the sand in a rather lack lustre way and Elliot said ‘ Oh Dad, put your back into it ’—which had his parents rolling around on the sand in laughter, startled by the turn of phrase in a 4 year old. So I recommend you take your kids down there for a bit of alternative education. Paul Whitehead