Monthly Archives: April 2018

A Better Bus Service for Blewbury

April 20, 2018

The new Thames Travel 94 bus timetable went into effect on 16 APRIL– and it offers very good news, with more services and more opportunities to get to and from Didcot quickly. There is:

  1. a new morning commuter service
  2. a revised school service, designed to make the journey from Blewbury faster
  3. a better connection with the X32 from Oxford in the middle of the day
  4. and the last three buses to leave Didcot will do a reverse loop and come straight to Blewbury via East Hagbourne, reducing the evening journey time from the station to 19 minutes.

The full timetable is available on the Thames Travel website, at That web page explains all the changes and allows you to download your own copy of the complete timetable. Or, for a simpler version, showing only the Blewbury and Didcot Station stops, click here.

We are very lucky not only to be keeping our buses but also having an improved service. Please do use it – 15 minutes to the Orchard Centre and 20 to the station is very good timing … especially when you consider that you don’t need to find/pay for parking! Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the DVTG – it’s a lovely bus for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day: if you want to use it and haven’t already signed up or need more information, contact, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy your tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.

Maranda St John Nicolle and Jo Lakeland, for the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG)

Blewbury Cob Walls

April 30, 2018

Blewbury is blessed by having six cob walls- these are a unique feature of the village – in fact Blewbury is the only village in the country to have as many as 6 cob walls, which are Saxon in origin.

Five of the cob walls are privately owned and maintained. However, the Curtoys Lane Cob Wall (near the Blewbury Green/play close) is not owned by anyone. Hence some 37 years ago a Cob Wall committee was formed and funds raised to maintain it. The cob wall is now in a bad state and is in need of urgent repair. So would you like to contribute to supporting this amazing feature in Blewbury. If so please donate to this great cause so we don’t lose this piece of British heritage.


Sustainable Blewbury

Blewbury Garden Market

Our ninth season will start on Saturday, 12th May at Blewbury Garage and will run every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am (unless we sell out earlier). Note that on 19th May, to mark the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final, we’ll have special cakes and other items for sale. The stall buys and sells fresh, local garden fruit and vegetable, flowers, bedding plants and seedlings, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (hopefully) local honey and free-range eggs. Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more information and sales forms see, or email us at

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Sustainable Blewbury has a big anniversary this year. In 1993 the BVS started an Environment Group because of an increasing interest in the village’s appearance and environment. This interest widened under Mike Edmunds’ chairmanship, and the Environment Group evolved into Sustainable Blewbury in 2009. We are planning a celebration event in September, and if you have any stories about the early days of the Environment Group we would like to hear from you. Please email or ring Jo Lakeland on 850490.

Mike Edmunds Community Orchard

A small group of ‘Coggers’ got together at the end of March to clear weeds and turf encroaching around the trees, and all of them appear to have come through their second winter seemingly in good heart and are now showing signs of new leaf and blossom. It is hard to believe that it’s two years since we began to plan the orchard, and it is certainly beginning to establish itself as a fixture in the Blewbury landscape (even visible on Google Earth).



Three sections of garden trellis: 2 the same (W60cm x H141cm – one slightly damaged) and one different (W63cm x H183cm)

Chris Whatmore

01235 851055
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to
Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment.
If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Blewbury WI News

Hello again to everyone. I am back from an absolutely wonderful month in Australia, with my daughter, visiting family and friends. A vote of thanks to Karen for standing in for the April Bulletin News. The weather here is not very Springlike, is it? Hopefully the month of May will bring us some nice warm, sunny days to get our gardens into shape? The Blewbury WI is holding the following events during May and any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.

  1. Wednesday, May 2nd Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am for a local walk with coffee afterwards – probably.
  2. Friday, May 4th Craft evening at Liz’s.   Please ring beforehand.
  3. Tuesday, May 8th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  4. Thursday, May 10th Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand
  5. Friday, May 11th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  “How to build a star – nuclear fusion on Earth “  Sarah Fell.
  6. Wednesday, May 23rd WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. “The Wonders of Aromatherapy” Speaker,  Janice Nicholls.

Mah Jong sessions are on hold during the Croquet Season.

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 and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, the weather has improved a little bit and now I might be able to retrieve my wellie boots which, over the Easter period, got stuck in my allotment when my hens were flooded.

HAVE YOU PICKED UP YOUR COPY OF THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE?? It’s in the Blewbury post office or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

Don’t forget our day trip to:


In a beautiful corner of North Hampshire, the National Trust’s West Green House Garden is an 18th-century house surrounded by a series of walled gardens. It is a garden of contrast and inspiration, created by acclaimed garden designer and writer, Marylyn Abbott. West Green is one of England’s finest manor house gardens, marrying traditional style with contemporary design.

If you are interested, to get full details – please contact: Karen at the Blewbury Post Office, Eileen on 01235 510095 or Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. We will be travelling in cars, so if you need transport, please let us know. Pick ups will be from Blewbury Village Hall and Upton Village Hall at 9.30am.

DID YOU KNOW ? By 2006 the UK Water Industry had 1,584 boreholes, 666 reservoirs and 602 river abstractions. Two thirds of our water comes from surface water and one third from groundwater.

Ralph Walso Emerson (1803-1882) said “The good rain, like the bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.”

Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury Local History Group

History under our feet

While out walking, have you ever found a strange stone, a piece of old pottery, a bit of iron, or even what might be an old coin? Maybe you’ve dug something up in the garden that has puzzled you. At our next history group meeting we shall be looking at some finds that people have, and maybe deciding what they came from and possibly dating them. Do come along with your finds and join in with the chat. We are all amateurs who happen to enjoy history and we always have a good old natter at our meetings.  If you have an object that you think may be of interest, but you can’t get to the meeting, then contact Audrey or Mark before then and we will have a look.

Contacts: Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Next meeting is Tuesday, May 8th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Bridge Club

Due to the requirements of new data Protection Regulations we will need to ask all members to sign a new form giving consent to the club to hold personal details and use them only for the purposes for which they are intended – in other words, communication from the club, compilation and transfer of playing records and member details to the EBU, etc.

I trust everyone will understand that the club is required to do this. The new forms should be available in the next month or so.

Local events coming soon are the Henley Cafe Bridge on Tuesday 1st May, and the Oxfordshire Bridge Association Mixed Pairs on Sunday 13th May. The Oxfordshire Green Pointed Congress will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June, and comprises Swiss Pairs, Swiss Teams and a Friendly Pairs competition for the Sandra Landy Trophy for players ranked at National Grading Scheme level 9 or lower.

3 pairs will represent Blewbury at the Berks and Bucks Waller Bowl Final at Windsor on Sunday 13th May – Dermot Paddon and Diane Bell, Terry Ward and Pres Wells, and Richard Brodie and Michael Allen.

Players are reminded that, at Blewbury Club sessions, if they are playing any system other than basic Acol they should have a completed Convention Card at every session – if not they must, at the very least, inform their opponents when siting down what their basic system is. Failure to do so may, in the event of the Director being called to resolve an issue, lead to their opponents being given preferential consideration in any decision made by the Director on matters associated with understanding opponents’ bidding, etc.  Michael Allen 851870


Post Office news

We have some really nice “Re-introduced Wildlife” stamps at the moment: ospreys, large blue butterflies and sand lizards etc! Baby “Owls” stamps are out on the 4th, and adult “Owls” are on sale on the 11th!

We will be closed on Saturday 12th May for another girly guide event!

Please note that we NOT accept “click & drop” tracked 24 or 48, these are available online (usually eBay) and are cheaper, but you have to take them to a designated Royal Mail office, probably Didcot, we have yet to find out! Just to confuse us, we can accept “Click & Drop” signed for!

We understand that customers with a POCA (Post Office card account) are receiving letters telling them they have to have their allowances paid into a bank account, not quite true, they can still have their POCA, until 2021!

Our little shop is what keeps us going, we have cards, sweets, ice-cream, caddy bags, envelopes, sticky tape, dog poo bags, string, and glue etc. Without a shop, there will be no post office! Love from Karen & Maggie

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

April 1, 2018

Congratulations to Eden Bramhill who rang his first quarter peal on March 3rd, hopefully the first of many.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Easter Sunday for the annual Duck Race. If you haven’t already bought your tickets they are available at Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786 635062.

Friday 8pm-9.30pm is practice night and you are very welcome to come and join us.  Sometimes we ring a little earlier usually to support learners this will be the case on April 20th when we are hosting the Branch learners and ringing will start at 7.30pm. Quarter Peals are also rung at different times, listen out on April 23rd  when we hope to ring a quarter peal to celebrate St George’s day as well as the birthday of Gill Loyd our treasurer.


Blewbury Film is pleased to announce I, Daniel Blake as our spring BlewTube screening for the 9th May.

I, Daniel Blake is Ken Loach’s latest Palme d’Or-winning film about the friendship between an out-of-work carpenter and a young single mother forced to navigate the vagaries of the British welfare system. The film is a protest cry for common humanity in the face of the welfare web and is sure to leave everyone moved.

Daniel, a 59 year widower, who should have been eligible for Employment and Support Allowance until the authorities shunted him onto Jobseeker’s Allowance, forms a friendship with mother-of-two Katie who has been re-housed hundreds of miles from family and friends after spending two years in a hostel. Daniel takes Katie under his wing and together they resolve to make the best of a bleak situation and do battle with the relentlessly complex, amazingly uncaring welfare system. This story packs a hefty punch both personally and politically!

With this film’s win, Ken Loach joins the ranks of only a few directors ever to have won the coveted Palme D’Or at Cannes Film Festival more than once. Together with his long time script writing partner Paul Laverty, they have created a gut-wrenching, funny and incredibly moving film.

“A quietly fearsome piece of drama.”

The Guardian “★★★★★”    The Telegraph “★★★★”

I, Daniel Blake (15)

Directed by  Ken Loach  with Screen Play by Paul Laverty

Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

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, 9th May Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 31st March

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: