Monthly Archives: August 2018

Jack strikes gold in Glasgow!

August 16, 2018

On Saturday 11 August Blewbury’s very own Jack Shayler competed in the European Triathlon Union Championships in Strathclyde Country Park near Glasgow.

After the 750m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run Jack won gold in the Under 20 Age Group and recorded the 2nd fastest time overall of 1.03.30. He has already qualified for the World Championships to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2019.

Well done Jack!

The picture shows Jack (3rd from left) with his fellow under-20 triathlon medal winners.

Blewbury Film

August 23, 2018

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as our autumn BlewTube screening for the 10th October.

This is an Oscar and BAFTA award winning, darkly comic drama written, directed, and produced by British/Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.

Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), a hard-nosed mother, is seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, Mildred puts up three roadside signs to goad the Ebbing Police Chief into action. But the law, especially the Chief’s hot-headed deputy, don’t take it kindly. And the townsfolk are on their side.

“Well written, beautifully shot, expertly told story: a modern classic”

The Guardian “«««««”  The Telegraph “«««««”
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)

Director: Martin McDonagh.

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell.

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, 10th October Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 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).

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:

Sustainable Blewbury

August 24, 2018
  • Apple juicing: Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor stable, 2–4 pm

Dates:   • 26 August   • 9 September   • 23 September   • 7 October   • 21 October   • 4 November (11am–1 pm)
Please bring washed apples (cores are ok but remove bad bits) and clean glass (screw-top) wine or drink bottles.
Cost: £1 per pressing (large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle. If you wish to pasteurise your juice (so it will last for up to a year) please arrive early in the session as it takes quite a while.
Hire: Too many apples for our sessions? Hire our equipment for 24 hours for just £10 in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. For bookings or more information contact us at

  • ‘The future of transport and transportation’: a talk by Scott Witchalls (Peter Brett Associates)

Monday 24 September, 8.00pm in Blewbury Manor Barn. Tickets £6.00 (including wine and nibbles) from Blewbury Post Office, or on the door If not sold out.

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration! Sunday, 30th September 2018, Blewbury School, 12 noon – 4 pm

See front page of this Bulletin.

  • Blewbury Garden Market: every Saturday from 9.30 to 11.30 am, Blewbury Service Station

We’re having an excellent season, selling fresh local garden fruit and veg (including some rarely seen in shops), flowers, local honey and eggs, and home-made preserves, bread and cakes. Producers: please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more information and sales forms see

  • ‘Adventures at the top and bottom of the world – some personal perspectives’: a talk by Mark Blythe

Monday 15 October, 8.00pm in Blewbury Manor Barn. What the Arctic and Antarctic are like to visit, explore and live in, and some environmental issues. Details in next Bulletin.




Two USB printer / copier / scanners.

HP Deskjet F 4180  –  black.

HP Photosmart  C 4480  –  cream.

Both complete with cables and in working order.

Dick Figgins 850604

Garden woodshed in good condition, equipped with electricity (ceiling lighting plus two sets of plugs) and windows.

Exterior height 205cm, length 430cm, width 195cm. Doors opening at right end. In need of a bit of love! Picture available upon request by mail.

Veronique Lavorel

20″ Dawes girls’ bike.

140cm long from front of front wheel to back of back wheel. Powder blue with white/yellow text. Good condition.

Small red first bike – fine condition, suitable for 3-5 yr old.

3 wooden/metal wine racks: 77 x 77 cm; 63 x 63 cm; 63 x 120 cm.

Lydia Inglis

07801 932393
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

Go to to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
our free monthly Newsletter, email
us at or phone 01235 850558.


11/11/1918 will be remembered in many places on 11/11/2018.

Here in Blewbury we will be doing a walk round the village to remember those men and women who served in the War. If you have any photos, stories, of family members or friends who served we would love to hear from you by October 31st. If you know exactly where they lived we would be doubly pleased. (The Church is planning special events on that day also.)

At our next meeting we will also be talking about a possible painting fraud, how accurate are census answers, the latest archaeological findings, and anything else historical that is of interest to Blewbury. New members are always welcome; our meetings are very informal.

Next meeting is Tuesday, September 11th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or


August 23, 2018

Wow what an amazing summer, the weather certainly didn’t disappoint for the annual Summer outing and BBQ on July 21st which was enjoyed by all those who attended.

On the evening of July 23rd, a successful quarter peal was rung in memory of Lt. Robert Bishop Slade, a Blewbury bell ringer who died a century ago on 23rd July 1918 whilst on active RAF service. We were thrilled that members of Robert’s family who live in Blewbury came to listen. Robert’s father, Leonard, was a churchwarden of St Michael’s when the two new bells were installed in 1906, so it is no surprise that his son learnt to ring!

As always, we enjoy welcoming visitors to the tower and were delighted when we had a visitor from Lincolnshire and one from Kent on the same Friday evening, both had been visiting relatives in Blewbury. The bonus for Blewbury has been that one of the relatives has started to learn to ring and is making fantastic progress.

Because the bells have been around for so long it is sometimes easy to forget that bits wear out and need replacing, that has been the case in the last couple of months with a couple of bell ropes needing replacing, plus we were just ending Sunday ringing when a stay broke (the bit that stops the bell from continuing to rotate). Richard Loyd was able to take the broken stay to Whites of Appleton, who made a new stay which Richard was able fit in time for wedding ringing the following Saturday.

We have continued to practice on a Friday evening and ring for the Sunday morning service although you may have noticed that there have not always been eight bells ringing as numbers of ringers fluctuate with holidays.

We are of course enthusiastically supporting the PCC’s Resound project, and you will read much more in this and future Bulletin updates.


August 24, 2018

Special stamps depicting “The Old Vic” & “Captain Cook” are out this month, and the last posting dates for Christmas ‘economy mail’ overseas (that used to be called ‘surface mail’) are at the end of September. Sorry for mentioning that word!

Thanks for being so understanding about our awful working conditions while the temperature rose so high, hopefully all back to normal now, but if it gets over about 28c outside, we will close in the afternoon, it’s at least 4 degrees hotter in that back office, made us feel very unwell! We are OK in the mornings though!

Upcoming variations on opening hours:

  • We are closed on Saturdays until further notice.
  • Monday 5th September: closed in the morning.
  • Last week in September & first week of October: open all day on Mondays, but mornings only for the rest, and closed on Saturdays. Love Karen and Maggie



Here we are again, back to routine.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the lovely Summer weather and had super holidays. Autumn is just around the corner, but hopefully there will be some sunny days for us to enjoy the outdoors. We have our usual events in September, listed below, and we would love to welcome new members to join us.

  • Tuesday, 4th Lyn’s Walk. We will do the walk that was postponed in July because of the heat! Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. The walk will actually start from the Rec. in Aston. No coffee on the way, I fear.
  • Friday, 7th Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 10th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 11th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday, 26th WI Monthly Meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm. Speaker, Linda Benton. “Harvest into Autumn. Harvest-themed musical evening.”

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.



Your Local Village Gardening Club

What a heat-wave we’ve had!! At least it’s cooled down and we’re now getting a few showers. Our August visit to the RHS Gardens at Wisley was a great success with twenty nine intrepid travellers taking advantage of our coach trip and enjoying a cool and rain-free day until the journey home – many of us happy that we wouldn’t have to water the garden/allotment when we got home.

Our next event is our Annual General Meeting – sounds boring? No it isn’t! We have a very short business section where the Committee is elected and annual reports and then it’s wine and nibbles with a talk by Richard Roslyn giving us an update on what’s happening in the gardens at Blewbury Manor. This takes place on WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER AT 7PM FOR 7.30PM IN THE VALE ROOM AT BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL.

Our final event for 2018 will be our ANNUAL SOCIAL AT UPTON VILLAGE HALL ON SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER AT 6.30PM. This event has become very popular over the past few years. It has a topic with the food relating to a particular country, together with lots of fun and games.

Do put these two dates in your diary and more information will be available in the next newsletter.

I expect many of you will be thinking about preparing your gardens/allotments for the winter in the next few months. Don’t forget we have tools you can use in return for a donation to the VPA. Contact Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Maggie in Upton on 850126 to find out what’s available.

DID YOU KNOW? Britain remains the world’s chief cultivator of the gooseberry. In the mid 18th century Lancashire weavers, recently arrived in the towns from their cottages in the countryside, took to growing gooseberries in pots in the absence of any land or gardens to cultivate. Gooseberry competitions, to see who could grow the largest berries, became a popular pastime and a great number of gooseberry clubs were formed across the north in the years that followed.   HAPPY GARDENING   Eileen


Bridge Club

August 23, 2018

Friday evening Novices sessions will re-start in September. So, if you would like a friendly, relaxed informal session without time pressure and some helpful advice if required, do please let Tina Hollick know, at, and she will put you on the mailing list.

Wallingford Bridge Club are holding a Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs event on Sunday 16th September. See Blewbury Bridge Club or Wallingford Bridge Club’s websites for further details.

The Oxford Festival of Bridge takes place from 18th-21st September. Please see Blewbury Bridge Club’s website for further details, or the Oxfordshire Bridge Association’s website.    Michael Allen   851870