Monthly Archives: November 2017

It’s Official: Savages is the Business!

November 13, 2017

Savages has beaten off four other nominees to win Best Established Business at Didcot First’s 2017 Business & Community Awards.

Commenting on the award, which recognises and rewards excellence amongst local businesses, community groups and young enterprise, the Blewbury-based company told the Bulletin that it is ‘delighted’.

‘We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone at Didcot First for giving their time to organise these awards and a fantastic evening. We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the hard working members of our team and the local community for their valued custom and support over the years who have enabled us to receive this honour and make Savages what it is today.’

Picture shows (l to r) Richard Savage, Jane Cranston (High Sheriff of Oxfordshire), Emily Savage, Glyn Hall (President, Didcot Chamber of Commerce, who sponsored and presented the award)

Zak Hits the Big Time

November 12, 2017

Blewbury’s Zak Corderoy, 18, has just completed his rookie year on his ZX6R , coming second in the TSGB Elite 600 Championship.

We are excited for 2018 as Zak will be entering into the BSB paddock to compete in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as he will be racing against Europe’s fastest.

As Zak put it in a recent Facebook post: “All in all a real good season, finishing the last full season in Thundersport 2nd in the elites on my little stocker ain’t so bad, we’ve had some stiff competition throughout the year and we’ve fought hard, and haven’t given up. This year has been a massive learning curve on the 600 and we’ve done very well as a team and next year is looking very exciting.”

Everyone at Zak Corderoy Racing would like to thank family, friends and sponsors for their continued support.

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

November 20, 2017

At the November Parish Council meeting councillors discussed a proposed expressway between Oxford and Cambridge currently under consideration by the National Infrastructure Commission and Highways England.

One of the possible routes for the road would leave the A34 south of Abingdon and run through green belt and AONB, potentially quite close to Blewbury.

We were assured at the meeting by our County Councillor – who didn’t have as much information as we would have liked as this seems to be a ‘higher level’ infrastructure project – that the road is still in the conceptual planning stage, and that we will be consulted in due course.

However, instead of waiting for the preferred route to be presented to us, Blewbury PC has decided to find out as much as possible about the routes under consideration. We have also joined an action group of parish councils who are building a case against an expressway through south Oxfordshire’s green belt and AONB. The Expressway Action Group (EAG) is particularly keen to hear from anyone with contacts in the BBC’s wildlife or Countryfile team – please contact the Parish Clerk if you can help.

In the meantime, we have agreed the following statement of support for the EAG, and will keep you updated as soon as we have more information: ‘Blewbury Parish Council agrees to support the Expressway Action Group in its campaign against any plan to build the Oxford Cambridge Expressway through rural areas of South Oxfordshire.’

Editor’s note: 

The schematic above is taken from the Government’s Strategic Study Stage 3 report, published in November last year. A version of it also appears in the the National Infrastructure Commission’s latest report, published on November 17 2017, which can be accessed here

Various local bodies have interpreted this schematic in different ways: for the views of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, click here. For the views of the Vale of White Horse District Council, click here and read pages 28-34.

Robert Long: Our ‘Unsung Hero’ now ‘Sung’!

November 19, 2017

There was a very happy ceremony including a lunch at the Beacon in Wantage when many volunteers from all over the Vale were presented with certificates by Reg Waite, Chair of the Vale District Council, recording their work for the community.

There was an astonishing range of achievements, including community shops, cricket  and youth clubs, council work. In fact, think of almost anything people might do at a local level to improve life in some way and there was someone there.  Blewbury was represented by Robert Long for his 30+ years with the Bulletin, first helping Roger Cambray and then editing it for nearly 20 years.  Also at the ceremony was Rosemary Tilden who is one of the longest serving people who do the  task of putting the Bulletin together every month.

Robert (and Audrey) wish to thank the Parish Council and  all who nominated Robert for this award. They have happy memories of the collating evenings and the chat that goes on there. It’s where, to quote one of the collaters, “You get a better class of insults”. They would like to record their thanks to all the people who help with the Bulletin, the contributers, editorial staff, collaters and the distributers who go out in all weathers to deliver it to you through the door. Long may it continue!

Annual Village Leaves Clearance

November 15, 2017

Sunday 3rd December 2 to 4 pm

This is an annual event, organised by Sustainable Blewbury with support from the BVS and Parish Council, and sponsored by The Blueberry.

We all use the footpaths: joggers, dog walkers, pub goers, people going to the Garage or Savages, etc. If everyone who uses the footpaths helps out we can clear them of slippery leaves very quickly. Last year we had a lovely afternoon, with lots of families and individuals enjoying themselves. There will be an activity for children at the school beforehand, and afterwards volunteers will enjoy coffee, tea or juice with fresh, home-baked cakes at the Blueberry. If you would like to contribute a cake, please contact Lesley Ogden at

Meet at the Playclose at 2 pm. Bring a rake or leaf shovel and wheelbarrow if you have them.

Thanks to Bernard Mattimore for the photo