Monthly Archives: December 2018

Santa helps raise £££ at Style Acre Christmas event

December 19, 2018

Earlier this month Santa Claus arrived at Style Acre in grand style in a 1920’s Model T Ford much to the delight of the many children who were waiting eagerly.

He sat and chatted with the children with each receiving a gift whilst members of the Blewbury Brass Band played seasonal tunes and Christmas carols. One highlight was their rendition of Little Donkey which was very apt as two miniature donkeys also arrived at the tea room, much to the delight of both young and old. 
Tracy and the tea room team did a roaring trade in mulled wine, Christmas turkey baps, mince pies and Christmas cake whilst the Savages Christmas trees again proved a major attraction on the day. “We raised £537.49 on the day, which is marvellous!,” says Tracy, “Thanks so much to everyone for your help!”

Post Office News

December 24, 2018

Christmas & New Year opening times:

Week commencing 17th December:       Monday – Friday 8.30am-12 and 2.30-5pm, closed Wednesday pm

Saturday 22nd December:                           9.30 -12 (on the dot!) 

Monday 24th:                                                8.30 – 12 (closed in the afternoon)

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th:            Closed

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th:                    Open as normal

Saturday 29th:                                               Closed 

Monday 31st:                                                 Open morning only

Tuesday 1st:                                                   Closed

Open Wednesday 2nd onwards as normal but closed on Saturdays in January.

Last post for 2nd class is Thursday 20th

Last post for 1st class is Friday 21st

Last special delivery is Saturday 22nd (before 10.30) 

Pensions & allowances paid into accounts on the previous working day. Emergency phone, electricity & gas top ups, parcel collection,  call my mobile 07825 154842, don’t get cold or drive hundreds of miles, I’m not far away! 

Merry Christmas and a happy & peaceful New Year to all our customers & their families! 

Love Karen & Maggie, also greetings from Angela! 

Sustainable Blewbury

Thermal imaging – February 2019

Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Or have you made some improvements and would like to check that they are effective? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping. Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have been doing this every winter since 2009 – we have imaged more than 220 homes in Blewbury.

If you’d like your home thermally imaged in February, email us at or phone Jo Lakeland (850490). This service is FREE.

Hedge laying

This winter’s hedge laying has started with the hedge along Coffin Way, which runs from Westbrook Street to Upton. It is a mainly blackthorn hedge, and will benefit considerably from being laid to improve its density at ground level. This will provide a stronger, safer environment for nesting birds and small mammals, and also help to prevent the thorny hedge from obstructing the path. Three of us laid about 20 metres on the first morning, and on that basis we can expect to get the whole hedge finished by March. A good number of people have expressed an interest in joining us so we could even be finished earlier, but much will depend on the weather.

Village leaves clear-up, Sunday 2 December

Every autumn we clear our village footpaths of slippery fallen leaves. This was the third year that we worked with Blewbury Primary School and The Blueberry to make it a fun, family occasion. Ms. Costello and Class 5 made a good start by clearing Curtoys Lane and the Playclose a few days earlier, and they thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Volunteer villagers and members of the Parish Council raked up the soggy leaves, and David Hollick led a team to deliver the leaves to keen gardeners who will use them as a mulch – thank you David. We are very grateful to Mariana at The Blueberry for providing hot drinks and to SB supporters for their tasty cakes at the end.

Date for your diary: ‘Climate for electric cars?’

A talk by Anthony Simpson on the impact of electric cars: Monday 25 February, 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

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2018 has been a busy year for the group, with village walks for other History groups, and the special Nov. 11th walk remembering 1918. 2019 events will start with the village clubs morning at the Village Hall on January 19th. Do have a look there at some of our other activities.

We are often given items for the archives that we are very pleased to receive. Recently we’ve been given a book written by Captain Layman’s son, a Rear-Admiral, no less, and the daybook of local builder, Bob Gilbert. That’s an interesting record of building costs in mid to late-20th century, and a record of repairs done to many village houses, of interest to anyone owning a pre-2010 house.

Next meeting is Tuesday, January 8th at 8 pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or



Christmas is fast approaching a busy time for everyone including the bells and bell ringers. We will be ringing the bells before many of the services to celebrate Christmas including our hand bells at the crib service.

In the past month as well as our normal ringing we have had two visiting groups of ringers, one an all-female group, which included two of our ringers Gill Loyd and Ellen Bramhill, who rang a quarter peal heralding the vibrant designs of Rachel Phillips and Linda Norris for the unique stained-glass window and reflective panels celebrating bells and bell ringing – Project Resound – which we are supporting. Our other visitors also rang a successful quarter peal.

We have also hosted the monthly afternoon ringing practice, which should have been at Harwell, but they have had problems with the tower masonry meaning no ringing. We hope that you enjoy hearing the bells and take this opportunity of wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and All Good Wishes for 2019.


Hello to everyone. 2018 almost gone! Let’s hope we can all look forward to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2019. If anyone would think to add us to their New Year resolutions lists we would be happy to welcome them as new Members. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

  1. Friday, 4th January. Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  2. Monday, 7th January. Coffee morning at Karen’s. 10.30am. Please ring beforehand.
  3. Monday, 7th January. Mah Jong at Graeme’s. 2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  4. Wednesday, 9th January. Scrabble at Cilla’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  5. Friday, 18th January. Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “Chemistry & Computers: simulating the machines of life”  William Glass.
  6. Wednesday, 23rd January. Blewbury WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm. Speaker, Kevin Little. “Donkeys, Dolphins, Foxes and Fish.”

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

Our Annual Social took place on the 8th Dec and everyone had a very enjoyable evening. The theme was France with French themed quizzes and a game of ‘Pin the flag on the Eiffel Tower’! It culminated in a ‘snowball’ fight – I think the ladies proved to be better throwers than the men!  

I can give you a few dates for our 2019 programme:   

8th June – A visit to The Vyne (National Trust)   /   13th July – the Annual Summer Show at Blewbury Village Hall

August (date to be confirmed) – a visit to a garden in Upton and Afternon Tea in Maggie’s garden.

6th November – VPA Annual General Meeting    /    7th December  – Winter Social at Upton Village Hall.

Our programme is being finalised and we may have some more events. Details will be in the next Blewbury Bulletin.

From all the Committee members of the Village Produce Association have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our 2019 events.

DID YOU KNOW ? Trees generally lose their leaves in the following succession: walnut, mulberry, horsechestnut, sycamore, lime, ash; then after an interval, elm; then beech and oak; then apple and pear trees, sometimes not till the end of November; and lastly pollard oaks and young beeches, which retain their withered leaves till pushed off by their new ones in spring.” Happy Gardening  Eileen