Monthly Archives: January 2019

Project Resound update

January 22, 2019

Many of you may have seen the scaffolding outside the west window of the church over the past month whilst our stained-glass window artist and her team have been measuring up for the new glass elements. They have now taken the paper templates back to South Wales so that the glass-making and window assembly can commence. Phase 2 of the project is underway!

Meanwhile with £32,741 raised to date we are now ready to start work on further fund-raising for Phase 3. This is to remove the old window and install the new one; currently planned for the early autumn. With this in mind, please support our next events:


Saturday 11thMay: 7pm – Blewbury Village Hall

Our very own Wine Man (Ian Hewson) is coming to kick off an evening of promises with a brief introduction to some delicious wine served with canapes. We have many promises already made for fantastic experiences, vouchers and gifts suitable for birthday presents and anniversary celebrations. These will be listed in the next issue of the Bulletin. There is still an opportunity for local businesses to promote their services and further promises from individuals will be very welcome. Please contact Jackie on 07968 707240 or Richard on 07767 463285 as soon as possible to offer support.

Tickets will be available for tables of 10 (and sold individually) from 10am on Saturday 6thAprilat the Post Office. £10 per ticket including wine and canapes.


Wednesday 10thApril – 7:30pm – The Manor Barn, The Manor, Berry Lane, Blewbury

Visiting from the Meadow Honey Farm in North Moreton, Rob is Vice Chairman of the Bee Farmers’ Association UKand will provide an expert’s insight into bees, beekeeping and honey production.

Tickets £6 incl. a glass of wine or soft drink and samples will be available from the Post Office from 1stMarch.

Further events are being planned: please save the dates!More information to follow.

8thJune 2019 – Richard Good’s Friends and Charlotte Brennand concert.

6thJuly 2019 – Concert in the Church

We still have lots of work to do so if you would like to make a donation to Resound then a gift aid form can be downloaded from the Blewbury website from a link in the recent article you can donate on JustGiving

Thank you   Project Resound Team

Marion Mills to retire

January 17, 2019

As parents already know, after 22 years as Headteacher of Blewbury School, Marion Mills has announced that she is retiring at the end of the current term.

Anyone who knows Marion will be aware of her exceptional commitment to the School and to the children. During her tenure she has focused on giving the children a broadly based education in addition to the conventional “three Rs”. This has involved contact with schools in many other countries including Finland, Spain, Uganda, Poland and Germany and every year a succession of teachers and pupils from abroad have visited Blewbury School and given our children a taste of languages and cultures from around the world. As a result, our School has received the International School Award from the British Council a stunning eight times in succession. This is, quite literally, a world record.

She has also been committed to helping the children to develop as people and to this end every year has enthusiastically organised residential weekend trips away to activity centres across the country for virtually all the children in Classes 4 to 6. Under her leadership our children have broadened their belief in themselves whilst enjoying abseiling, aerial walkways, body boarding, bushcraft, climbing, canoeing, night walks, nature walks, pond dipping and the occasional zipwire.

Behind the scenes she has worked tirelessly for the good of the education community as a whole. She has chaired the Didcot Partnership of schools for many years, a role which has grown in importance with near collapse in Local Authority support for schools due to funding cuts in recent years. Under her leadership, money has been raised to a fund the Didcot Early Nurturing Centre (the “Den”) which provides short-term, focused help for children who are struggling, for whatever reason, with a conventional school environment. The Partnership also does important work supporting schools with educational psychologists and facilitating training opportunities for school staff.

And of course, she has led the school for all these years in the fundamentals of a good education which, at primary level, means reading, writing and maths. A whole generation of children owe the beginning of their educational journey into adulthood to Marion’s leadership. It is sobering to think that some of the children who passed through her care in her early years will now be old enough to deliver their own children into the school.

In summary, now is the time for the children past and present, the staff, the governors and the wider community to say a heartfelt thank you to Marion for her many years of commitment. We wish her well in her hard-earned retirement. She will be a difficult act to follow but the governors are already underway with the process of identifying her successor. Andrew Hewson, Chair of Governors


January 22, 2019

Thanks to everyone for such an enthusiastic response to the three Blewbury Table Tennis Club Taster Sessions!

We had 25+ people at each session, which meant that our four borrowed tables were all in use right through each of the evenings. We had participants varying in age from 8 – 80+ and a really good mix of standards. We are aiming to cater for anyone however experienced or inexperienced. An added bonus at our January session was a visit from an ex British top 100 ranked table tennis player, Justin Mead, who gave us lots of encouragement, tips and coaching as well as a big box of top grade balls!

Based on this response we are now going to go ahead with Tuesday evening sessions every week from 6-9pm in Blewbury Village Hall with the opportunity for people to drop in for whichever part of the evening suits them. Why not start the new year with a new Blewbury activity? You will be very welcome if you want to join us. Session fees: £5 Adults. £3 Under 18s.