Monthly Archives: June 2018

Project Resound: New glass for our ancient church

June 28, 2018

Thank you to all who came to our project launch in June! We were so pleased to hear your comments and support for the artwork and design. For those who were not there, here is an update:

We are commissioning a significant contemporary work of art in the form of a stained glass window to be installed in the west tower of St Michael’s church, with a bell theme. There has been no new stained glass in the church since 1908, and so this will be a legacy of our time for years to come. When the sound of the bells ripples across the village everyone knows that this is marking a wedding, a funeral, a royal occasion, visiting bell ringers or the weekly church services. And so it has been for centuries. It is symbolic of many community events. The design of the windows and artist impressions of the installation are shown in this downloadable leaflet and we hope you like it!

How you can help to make it happen

To complete this project we need to raise £75,000.  Everyone in Blewbury will have been touched by the sound of bells and/or by the associated Church events at some point. Therefore, in addition to grants that we will apply for, we are asking for personal donations. You can donate any amount, large or small, as one person, as a couple or as a family. By donating to the window fund your name can be recorded in a book, which will contain the story of the Stained Glass Window from concept to installation. This will become an historical document and a record of who was connected to Blewbury in 2018/19.

If you have a dedication for your donation, please let us know so that this can also be recorded in the book. You might wish to donate in memory of someone; to mark a wedding, funeral, christening or confirmation in St Michael’s; to celebrate an anniversary of some kind; because you love art; because you care for our medieval church; or just because you enjoy living in the village of Blewbury!

If you would prefer to donate online, our JustGiving page is now up and running at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Resound.

If you would like to know more about the artwork and the stained glass medium, any member of the project team will be pleased to discuss this with you. Thank you.

Richard & Gill Loyd, Christine Kowalczuk, Jason St John Nicolle, Susan Lay, Mark Phillips, Jackie Maguire

Blewbury Pre-School Playgroup News

June 29, 2018

Blewbury Pre-school Playgroup would like to say a huge congratulations and heart-felt thank you to David Whitlock for raising much needed funds for us whilst setting his new world record doing 12 hours of burpees.

On 19 June he presented Blewbury Pre-school with a cheque for £1,699.25 . We are overwhelmed by his generosity, and frankly amazed by his stamina to do that many burpees!

Fundraising remains vital to our continued existence. As you may have seen in the national news recently, there remains a significant gap between what it costs to have a child at a pre-school and what the Government gives pre-schools per child. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports our fundraising. We are so very grateful for the ongoing support from the local community, as we really could not continue without this help. Thank you!

Blewbury Pre-school still has some spaces available for children joining in September. If your child is between two and a half and four years of age, please pop in and pick up an application form from the Pre-school, or email us at blewburypreschool@yahoo.com.

Harber @ Harwell: Where art meets science!

Blewbury’s Chelsea Flower Show award-winning sculptor David Harber was joined by Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage and Didcot, and other dignitaries at Harwell Campus at the formal unveiling of his Mantle sculpture, located outside the Campus HQ building, the former RAF Headquarters at Harwell, Oxfordshire.

The intricate sculpture fuses together science and art, with names connected to Harwell’s rich scientific heritage and multiple world firsts etched onto bronze petals in commemoration of the important work undertaken over the last 70 years. Names include:

  • British physicist Sir John Cockroft, first Director of the Atomic Energy Research Authority at Harwell in 1945 and joint winner (with Ernest Walton) of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus
  • The Dekatron Computer, the oldest original working digital computer in the world built at Harwell Campus
  • Joan Maie Freeman, the first woman to be awarded the British Institute of Physics’ Rutherford Medal for work on beta-radioactivity of complex nuclei

Director and Partner of the Harwell Campus Partnership, Angus Horner said: “David is a wonderful artist and friend of the Campus. He shares our passion for using art to engage people in the sciences. This beautiful sculpture is the start of a long-term initiative that will bring art onto the Campus as a powerful way to communicate the past, present and future of Harwell’s story.”

New management of Clubhouse and Melland Room

June 28, 2018

The Blewbury Village CIC (BVCIC) has been exploring with the Parish Council a more viable way of managing The Club House and Melland Room.

We have had a proposal from two people living in the village to run the building enabling use by the community as well as developing a greater utilisation of the building and facilities to maintain the high standard of facility available.

The BVCIC will remain responsible for the overarching management of the Clubhouse but as of 1st June 2018 the day to day operational management will be carried out by David Flynn and Mike Evans who will be the main contact for  all use of the building be it regular sports clubs or one off bookings.

Dave and Mike will be offering bar and catering facilities if you require this and hope to organise events throughout the year including screen of the World Cup matches and other events.

Any queries please do contact Dave and Mike on blewburyvillagecic@gmail.com or 07969 526084.  Directors, BVCIC

Two things you may not know about food waste

June 1, 2018

Last month a parish councillor visited Agrivert’s ‘anaerobic digestion’ facility in Wallingford, which processes 20,000 tonnes of food waste from our area each year.

Caddy bags are delivered by lorry, then fed into a machine which mechanically removes the waste from its packaging. It is then macerated and digested anaerobically in large sealed tanks. This process creates enough energy to power 4,800 homes (via biogas, converted in gas engines into electricity). It also creates enough nutrient-rich fertiliser to cover 2,500 acres of local farmland. The whole process captures 4.5 million m3 of methane every year, which is equivalent to removing 71,000 cars from the road.

There were two clear messages from the visit: firstly, there is no benefit to using compostable bags in your food waste bin (the process isn’t warm enough to compost the bags, and the plant is designed to remove all packaging, so you might as well use whatever bag you have to hand, including any plastic ones lurking in your cupboard). Secondly, there is still a huge amount of food waste going into black bins in our area. The waste from our black bins is incinerated (an energy-hungry process), whereas this plant converts our waste and effectively recycles it for a new purpose, so please do your bit and chuck your food waste in a caddy!