Monthly Archives: October 2018

Could you help mend Blewbury’s broken milestone?

October 18, 2018

Some time ago, Blewbury’s Grade 2-listed milestone at the west end of the village, opposite Savages, was broken in half by vandals. (The photo shows it in its heyday.)

A couple of attempts have been made to get it fixed but, through a combination of illnesses and lack of time, the project has never been completed. The Bulletin has established that the various interested parties (OCC, the Vale, the Milestone Society and Savages, who have very kindly been looking after the two broken pieces for all this time) are more than happy for someone else to take up the reins and try to get our little piece of local history finally repaired and restored.

Could that some-one be you? With public funds so stretched, it would mean raising a bit of money (a stonemason’s estimate from a year ago suggests it would cost about £400, and we have over £100 already pledged) and liaising with the repairers, OCC Highways and the Vale’s Conservation departments. If you think this might be something you could take on, please contact the editor at on 01235 851055

Goalmouth Glory: Project completed!

October 15, 2018

The Tony Loy Trust is delighted to announce that the new all-weather surface for the Tickers Folly Field practice goal is now in place and it is great to see it being used.  The very first user is in the photo above!

Since the goal was installed, the ground in front of it has been reduced to  bare earth and this has made the facility unusable for a large part of the year. The Trust, in partnership with the Blewbury Parish Council and the Blewbury Village Society, have been fundraising so that our footballers can use the goal mouth all year round.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. It is never too late to donate – especially if you are enjoying using it!  Donate to:

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway – Further Update

October 20, 2018

Further to our update in last month’s Bulletin, the Parish Council has received an update from Highways England clarifying the different maps used in the press release announcement of the preferred route for the proposed new motorway between Oxford and Cambridge. Above is a map of the ‘preferred corridor’, which is the area chosen to develop the new road. Blewbury is not included in this map, which ultimately means the village is NOT being assessed as part of the route options for the new road link.

The intention is for the new road to connect to the existing network at some point in the areas identified as ‘common corridor’ on the map below:

Highways England has told us that the common corridor will be subject to a ‘separate package of interventions and upgrades to the existing network’ that will connect to the new road link. That is, the common corridor (which includes Blewbury), is the area under consideration for connections to existing infrastructure. We have been told that this area may narrow further as routes are subject to further analysis.

Public consultation on the full plan is planned for autumn 2019. On 23rd October representatives from the PC will attend a meeting of the Expressway Action Group, which is campaigning against the road and its wider effects (including houses and supporting infrastructure) – the changes this proposed road will affect all of us living in Oxfordshire. We will report on this meeting in the next Bulletin.

Anyone who wishes to contact Lynne McWilliam, Stakeholder Manager of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway, directly can email her on

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Update

October 7, 2018

On 12th September the Government announced its chosen ‘corridor B’ for the proposed motorway between Oxford and Cambridge.

The other routes, corridor A (via Thame and Aylesbury) and corridors C1, C2 and C3 (via Bicester and NE to Milton Keynes) were rejected. According to the Expressway Action Group (EAG), corridor B2 has also been rejected by the Government, leaving a choice of B1 (west of Oxford, following the A34) and B3 (south of Oxford through the green belt and roughly following the River Thame).

Will Blewbury be directly affected?

Above is the map issued by Highways England and the Dept of Transport to illustrate its press release accompanying the announcement. Note that the southern boundary of the area under consideration for the Expressway appears to hug the southern outskirts of Didcot. (Link to pdf of map here)

However the map above is marked ‘indicative only’, and another map on Highways England’s site shows a common corridor south of the two possible routes (outlined in orange and green) that most definitely includes Blewbury, and stretches south to junction 13 of the M4.

(Link to detailed pdf here – map on page 19)

While it seems most likely that the new road will make best use of an upgraded A34, a major new road east of Didcot cannot be discounted. The Parish Council has made several calls to the Dept of Transport and to Highways England but, as the Bulletin went to press, had not heard back with clarification on which map should be used. We will issue a stop press as soon as this is confirmed, and a course of action will be proposed in the next Bulletin. Please also see the PC section of the Blewbury website for updates over the next month.

Even if Blewbury is outside the marked common corridor boundary, the village will undoubtedly feel the impact of this major infrastructure development. The housing promised along the Expressway corridor – 300,000 more homes and up to 900,000 more residents – will transform the county in years to come.

The EAG is providing a co-ordinated response on behalf of many villages and towns affected, and making the collective voice of those opposed to the new motorway heard. If you would like to hear directly from the EAG please contact, who will put you on the email list for updates.

What’s next?

Highways England will now start a year-long study of potential routes within the two corridors. They will release a shortlist of 5-6 routes in Autumn 2019; these will be put to public consultation. According to the EAG, consultation will be a series of open meetings across the counties affected, at which residents, businesses and environmental groups can put their views to Highways. The EAG believes that the consultation will be led by Highways officers rather than by local councils.

Blewbury Parish Council

September 2018


Sustainable Blewbury

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

Our 25th year – the BVS Environment Group began in August 1993. We’ll be celebrating with an exhibition of 25 of our successes in 25 years. It will be more than an exhibition the Blewbury Wagon will be there, there will be a barbecue and bar run by the school, demonstrations of apple juicing, pond dipping, and other activities for children including an exhibition of their school sustainability projects. For more information please see the separate flyer in this Bulletin.

Apple juicing Sundays at Blewbury Manor stable

Remaining dates:    • 7 October 2–4 pm   • 21 October   2–4 pm • 4 November 11am–1 pm (if needed)

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 or bucket 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

‘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. Mark has ski-toured in both the Arctic and Antarctica. He will cover what it’s like to visit, live in and explore high latitudes, the history of humans in these areas, and some environmental points. Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) at the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out)



Replacement Ink-jet cartridges (replaces Cannon PGI – 550XL & 551XL) – large and small black, and small yellow.

Alan Cooper


Rather scruffy but very serviceable sack trolley. Useful for sacks in upright configuration, also for many heavy items in horizontal mode.

Metal folding artist’s easel.

Melanie Longhurst

07867 500031

Henry vacuum cleaner – has seen long service but still in working order.

Various paving slabs, enough to provide a base for a small (8′ x 6′) shed.

Vanessa Fox

Pale yellow comfortable upholstered two seater sofa in good condition.

Catie Flye

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.


Blewbury Local History Group

First, a quick reminder that if you have any stories, memories, from relatives and friends about the first World War, then do let us know so we can include them in the walk we are doing on November 4 to remember those villagers who served in the war. In our October meeting we shall be putting together details about our walk on November 4th.

We are planning to have an interactive meeting in November on “Things I have found in the garden or on village walks” by which we mean odd bits of stone or pottery or the occasional coin. If you think you have something of unusual interest then do contact either Mark or Audrey and either come along to the meeting or let us borrow the item for the meeting.

Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome.

Next meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 9th  at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or


Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone.  The time of the year already, when the leaves are falling, the days are shortening and the nights are getting colder. But Blewbury WI have some good events  and outings in October and if anyone out there is thinking of joining us as new Members, you will be made most welcome.

  • Tuesday, 2nd Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Destination undecided but we will be walking from Blewbury. Bring bus passes and pennies for coffee. (Note change of day and date.)
  • Friday, 5th Craft evening at Liz’s 7pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 8th Scrabble at Judy’s  7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday 10th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Thursday, 11th Lunch at Kingswell. 12.30pm. Car rota being arranged.
  • Friday, 19th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. “How the Universe will end.” Professor Brad Gibson.  1.30pm.
  • Wednesday, 24th October. WI monthly meeting. Vale Room. 7.30pm.  Speaker, Cyril Mannion. “From Routine to Abnormal in the blink of an eye.”

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

I’ve been on holiday, so have just managed to send a bit of news by the Editor’s deadline. Not a lot to say other than despite the weather, I have been inundated with courgettes and tomatoes. I am one of the lucky ones who has good potatoes (can’t remember the variety) but a nice size and very clean. Now it’s time to get it ready for the winter – let’s hope the rain holds off so the soil doesn’t get too sticky.

Don’t forget the VPA’s next event – our Annual General Meeting – as I said last month, it sounds boring? but 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. It’s 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 this year it’s FRANCE!!
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.

I couldn’t resist this. DID YOU KNOW? The word AUBERGINE derives from the Sanskrit word ‘vatinganah’, meaning ‘go away wind’ or anti-flatulence vegetable. It is said that aubergine is excellent for treating intestinal gas. Look forward to seeing you all at the AGM. HAPPY GARDENING Eileen

Post Office News

The Post Office is now back to normal opening hours, including afternoons. The only exceptions in the immediate future are the afternoons of Tuesday September 25th and Tuesday October 2nd, when we will be closed.

There are some special Poppy commemorative stamps out on 23rd October, we may get some, who knows! The Christmas stamps are on their way, and are on sale 1st November, very pretty snowy mail boxes!

You may have seen on the news that Post Office Ltd have made a £35 million profit. This has been achieved by cutting the pay of all postmasters: we get paid less for each transaction and do more unpaid work than ever before, so we are really unwilling to any more unpaid overtime. However, customers continue to rush in at closing time and expect us to be really pleased! The last 15 minutes of our day is needed for cashing up and doing essential admin, not processing Mail/banking that won’t go until the next day!

The Village Hall car park seems to be busier than ever at school drop off & pick up time, so please take extra care and remember that there are deliveries to the post office, and patients in the doctors surgery that take priority over school traffic. I have noticed lots of rubbish being left in the car park too – please put it in the waste bins provided (but not the shoe recycling bag!)

Please also be aware that there are some nasty scam emails & phone calls going around, (one asks that you buy gift cards to pay a tax bill), these are very scary, but are all rubbish! Come in or ring and ask us if you are unsure! Love Karen & Maggie

Bridge Club

Another reminder that the Annual General Meeting is to be held at 7pm on Thursday 4th October in the Vale Room ahead of a shortened session of bridge.

Please make every effort to attend in order to ensure your views are taken into account. The notice posted up in the Vale Room has space for you to nominate any issue which will not come up for discussion in the normal course of events under the Agenda. Also to nominate proposals for new Committee members and/or Officers of the Club. I trust you will all have also received the email notification of the meeting.

The end of the playing year for competitions is the 30th October and so, over the next month, all competitions will be coming to an end. Winners will be presented with their cups at the Christmas Party, to be held on Sunday 9th December this year.

Also, I will be drawing up a new Directors’ rota for the coming year, starting 1st November, and, as we are now a couple of Directors fewer than we were, I would be most grateful for anyone who would be prepared to direct the odd session, or for suggestions as to anyone who might be approached to do so.   Michael Allen  851870