Monthly Archives: February 2019

Blewbury Film

February 28, 2019

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce that its first screening of the year on Wednesday 10th April 2019 will be the brilliant British comedy, The Death of Stalin.

The Death of Stalin takes an irreverent tilt on Soviet-era political satire to produce a 5-star comedy.  The film is a sulphurous black comedy about the intrigue and plots going on behind the scenes in the Kremlin following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.

The film is superbly cast and acted, with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up.  There are no weak links; each cast member has a plum role and squeezes every gorgeous (but horrible) comedic drop out of their part.  Michael Palin is outstanding as Molotov, the pathetic functionary with the kindly unhappy face who has long since sacrificed his marriage and self-respect on the altar of Stalinism.

The film is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, and co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows.  Armando Iannucci turns Soviet style horror into comedy in this eccentric shocker about a strong man and his world of banishment, blood and blundering.

“Armando Iannucci has us tremblin’ in the Kremlin”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗∗”    The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗”    Table Tennis Weekly “∗∗∗∗∗”
The Death of Stalin (15)

Director: Armando Iannucci.

Starring: Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Andrea Riseborough.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 23rd February

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).

Email us and we’ll add you to our mailing list and keep you informed of future events.

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:


Spring Concert


BlewSing and Blewbury Brass Band are joining together for a Spring Concert on Saturday 30th March 7.30pm at Blewbury Village Hall. Tickets are Adult £10 and Child £5, to include a complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice, and they go on sale from February 14th – available from Blewbury and Hagbourne Post Offices, Choir and Band members.


The Romans never settled here, as far as is known, but they did pass through, and left a few coins and at least one ornamental brooch, found by metal-detecting.

If you find something in your garden, or on a walk just outside the village, and you think it might be really old, then do tell one of us about it. We are not expecting a hoard, but even a small coin can tell us something about the Romans’ movements.

Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, Mar. 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

It seems a long time since Christmas when lots of ringing took place, and in particular a quarter peal which was rung on Boxing Day during the Boxing Day Walk, an opportunity to congratulate Wing Commander James Doyle (son of Gill Loyd, our treasurer) on his MBE awarded for services to the RAF.

The Churn Benefice Bell Ringing Outing was on January 26th, it was hoped to visit all seven churches in the Benefice and ring the bells plus two guest towers, namely Cholsey and Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell. Unfortunately, this year, South Moreton bells were still undergoing work and were not able to be rung that day. It was lunchtime after ringing at North Moreton and an excellent lunch in the Village Hall. The day continued with ringing at the other Benefice towers, tea at East Hagbourne then ringing at Blewbury followed by a meal at The Blueberry. Thank you to Rob Nickless for organising and to those who masterminded and helped with lunch and tea.

The brief appearance of snow caused a Friday night practice to be cancelled, since then it has been ringing as usual, including welcoming the Branch Learners to a practice.



Hello to everyone.  February almost gone already. We have had plenty of rain to fill a few dykes?

But signs of Spring  are appearing with all the bulbs and blossoms peeping through. There are lots of things to do with the Blewbury WI during March and we would welcome any new Members to come and join us at the following events.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall 9am. Destination unsure at the moment, but have coffee pennies anyway.
  • Wednesday, 13th WI Spring Lunch with Flavia.
  • Wednesday, 13th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Thursday, 14th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 22nd Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Kingdom of the cumulus clouds.” Dr. David Hooper. 1.30pm.
  • 27th March. WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. AGM and Social Evening.

Mah Jong every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm.  Ring Judy for details.

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.


Bridge Club

The Club was represented at the Blewbury Clubs and Societies Day in the Village Hall and quite a lot of interest was shown in the game. It is hoped that some who have played bridge before, but perhaps not Duplicate Bridge, will be attracted to our relaxed and friendly Friday Novices evenings.

A qualifying session for the Berks and Bucks Contract Bridge Association’s Waller Bowl will be held at our normal club session on Tuesday 19th March. The session will be run entirely as normal and nobody needs to enter the Waller Bowl qualification if they do not wish to.

Division 2 of the Wessex League is very competitive with only 1.15 Victory Points separating positions 3 to 7 in the table. Having played all but one of our matches, Blewbury is, unfortunately, in 7th place which is one of the two relegation places. So, the team’s survival in Division 2 will depend on a reasonable result in the last match and perhaps one or two other results going our way to help reduce our rivals’ average Victory Points!  Michael Allen  851870