Monthly Archives: April 2019

Blewbury Garden Market re-opens for 2019

April 11, 2019

Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

Our tenth season! Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) – note the slightly earlier opening times this year. The stall buys and sells bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, Blewbury honey and free-range eggs.

Helpers: Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the address or phone below.

Producers:Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see

For more information: Email us phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Blewbury Film

April 27, 2019

Our early summer screening for Wednesday 5th June 2019 will be Kenneth Lonergan’s award winning study of family ties and grief, Manchester By The Sea.

Casey Affleck stars as Lee Chandler, a guy who lives on his own in Boston, works as a janitor, is angry at the world and seethes with rage at himself.  Lee returns to his hometown after the death of his brother Joe to find, to his utter astonishment and disbelief, that he is now legal guardian of Joe’s teenage son.  Finding himself unexpectedly in charge of his seemingly selfish nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), Lee wrestles with the ghosts of his past while attempting to deal with an unforeseen future for which no one believes him to be prepared – least of all himself. Lonergan’s deceptively intricate screenplay and Casey’s superb method acting produces an unforgettable and illuminating look at loss, grief and self-inflicted punishment – a powerful mix for an incredible film – that leaves us waiting to find out what made Lee so disillusioned.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor for Affleck and Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan, with additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Hedges), and Best Supporting Actress (Williams).  Affleck also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

“A minor-key masterpiece”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗∗”    The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗∗”    Practical Trout Tickling “∗∗∗∗∗”
Manchester By The  Sea (15)

Director: Kenneth Lonergan.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges.


Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 20th April.

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:

Pre-school Quiz & Curry Night – Saturday 22nd June

Fancy a curry, beer and/or wine, followed by a brilliant quiz? Then Blewbury Pre-School’s Quiz & Curry Night on Saturday 22 June in the village hall is one for your diaries!

Doors will open at 7.30 for the curry supper, and quiz starts at 8pm.  Tickets are £15 per person. Book a table of ten and get a FREE bottle of white and red wine for your table.

The Pre-School is also organising a very special raffle which will be drawn on the night.  Prizes so far include; a week’s stay at Yorkshire holiday cottage, an £85 travel holiday voucher, a subscription to Top Santé magazine plus beauty goodies, and a subscription to Retro Cars and Fast Car magazines, plus a pair of tickets to TRAX car event at Silverstone.

Tickets for the Quiz & Curry Night will be available from Monday 29 April at the Post Office – and if you can’t make it, you can still buy tickets for the raffle, which will also be on sale from that day.

Fundraising remains vital to the Pre-School’s continued existence and we are enormously grateful for all your support – thank you!


The Honeybee talk was an entertaining sell-out and the event overall raised £1835.

Thank you to everyone who came along, bought honey, other bee products and donated. The special edition Resound Borage Honey, one of the sweetest and tastiest of honeys, was a great bonus. Particular thanks go to our speaker and honey maker Rob Nickless and local business, Infineum, which match funded the monies raised at the event. Our fundraising total has now reached £44,158 (59%). Meanwhile, whilst our artists are busy selecting, cutting and treating the glass ready for the window, we are working on other activities.


There is still a chance to secure tickets and to bid for birthday/anniversary gifts for partners and parents and ways to entertain children in the school holidays.  A reminder too that pre-bids may be submitted up to 5pm on 6th May by those unable to attend on the night, by sending an email to stating  name, address, lot number, lot description and the amount of the bid.

The evening will start with an introductory wine tasting served with canapes, led by our regularly visiting “Wine-Man”, Ian Hewson.  The auction will be compered by our auctioneer, Mr Chris Mousley-Jones!

Tickets for the auction are available for tables of 10 (and sold individually) at Blewbury Post Office. £10 per ticket including wine tasting, canapes, cheese and biscuits.


Saturday 8th June 2019 7:45 pm – St Michael’s church

Charlotte Good (pianist), Louise Innes (mezzo soprano) and Simon Wallfisch (baritone and cello) will be performing a fabulous show of songs from musicals and well-known pieces from Opera.

Tickets go on sale at Blewbury Post Office from Friday 26th April. £15 including a glass of wine or soft drink.


Saturday 6th July 2019 – St Michael’s Church and grounds.  All welcome

6pm Walk and talk tour of the recently researched archived history of St Michaels followed by

7pm Summer BBQ, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks

A couple more events are in the planning stage – more information to follow. If you would like to donate to Resound then a gift aid form can be downloaded from the Blewbury website and/or you can donate on JustGiving

Thank you.  Project Resound Team

Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 24th April, 7.30 pm, at Winding Way, South Street

Find out about our many and varied activities in the past year, elect officers, and help us plan for the future with an informal discussion. There will be drinks and nibbles. If you are interested in what Sustainable Blewbury does, please join us for the evening – everyone will be very welcome!

Blewbury Garden Market

Every Saturday morning starting 4th May, from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

Our tenth season! Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) – note the slightly earlier opening times this year. The stall buys and sells bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, Blewbury honey and free-range eggs.

Helpers: Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the address or phone below.

Producers: Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see

For more information: Email us at or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Permaculture orchard garden

We are growing a wide and interesting variety of fruit trees, soft fruit  and other things (e.g. rhubarb, globe and Jerusalem artichokes, etc.) on a pretty site on Woodway Road. Every now and then we have an afternoon working party. It’s fun, and helpers get to share some of the produce. Phone 07935 232 296 if you are interested.



1200 watt Power Washer with adjustable head Doug Tilbrook
Simple electric convection heater, two settings (1000W/2000W). Chris Whatmore 851055
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Local History Group

20th century wars caused so much grief not only worldwide but also here in villages like ours. The group is planning a walk on September 8th to remember the village lads who lost their life in WW2.

If you have memories or stories of those who served, or made the ultimate sacrifice, then do contact Mark, who will be leading the walk. At our next meeting we shall be planning the route and visitors will be welcome. We shall also be having our AGM, but don’t worry, it will be very short, so we have time for all our other history projects to be talked about.

Next meeting is Tuesday, May 14th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or

Blewbury Croquet Club


Bubbly & Cake: Come and celebrate National Croquet Day on Blewbury’s brilliant lawns! Have a go, learn what it’s like, and afterwards a glass of bubbly or cup of tea, and home-made cake. We think croquet’s the ideal sport – played by all ages, at your own walking pace out in the open air. A game of skill and strategy. Can you get your balls through the hoops and peg out before your opponent?

Blewbury Croquet Club is throwing open its lawns to everyone from 2pm on Sunday, 12th May, to try the game, with help from our expert coaches. No entry fee, no special clothing needed – but do wear flat shoes please, for the sake of the flat lawns. And a short follow-up coaching course is on offer to everyone who’d like to come again.

Croquet offers sport, friendships, fun, competition and a whole lot more. Come along and see for yourself what this game is about – just off the A417 in Blewbury, opposite Savages. For more details, call Paul Wolff on 01235 850520, email, or visit  

Bridge Club

It is pleasing to report that Blewbury’s Wessex League team will remain in Division 2 next year, following a creditable result against one of the top ranked teams in this division in our last match, and some favourable results elsewhere. So, we have managed to stay just above the relegation zone. Well done to the team.

Bridge lessons have started for a small group of beginners and good progress is being made. It is hoped that, in due course, they will be able to start playing at our Friday night Novices sessions, which are due to continue through May and June. Contact Tina Hollick if you are interested in taking part on Friday evenings and are not already registered with her. Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Don’t forget we have a day trip on:


The Vyne is a 16th century estate and country house.  Following its huge 2-year roof project, this former Tudor palace, a National Trust property, has re-opened, to tell the story of a Victorian brother and sister who saved it.

Full details of the time and transport arrangements will be available with Karen at Blewbury Post Office or contact Maggie Maytham in Upton (01235 850126).

THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE will be in the Blewbury post office from May onwards or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on  or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. This is an opportunity for you to show off your skills – growing fruit, flowers and vegetables, or cooking, or handicraft or photography.   You don’t have to be an expert and it’s great fun taking part.  There’s also a Childrens’ Section, so hopefully we will have a few more junior exhibitors taking part this year.

DID YOU KNOW ? The apple can grow at the highest latitude of all the fruits. Apple trees need almost 1,000 hours of cold autumn and winter air to produce their flowers, which explains why they cannot be grown in hotter climates. The apple was the earliest to be cultivated by man and, like so many other plants, it was introduced to Britain by the Romans.  Today, China is the world’s leading apple producer.”  Happy Gardening. Eileen

Post Office News

We have some rather lovely Marvel super heroes and birds of prey stamps available now, and the British engineering ones are available on May 2nd.

A reminder that passports need to be six months in date before travelling abroad, and international driving permits will be required. Didcot post office issues these, and they are valid for one year; you will need to take your photo licence (or your paper licence and photo id) and £5.50.

May has two bank holidays, and allowances will be paid into accounts on the previous working day. Maggie will be working on those Saturdays. We will be closing on the Easter Saturday, my garden needs me!

We have tickets for the Ben Waters concert and supper on June 1st, the Promises Auction on May 11th, and some Duck Race tickets. We will also have tickets for the Pre-School’s Curry & Quiz Night and the BVS Summer Dance, as well as the booklets for Oxfordshire Artweeks. The show schedule for the VPA summer show will be available at the beginning of May too!

We now have lovely free range eggs for sale, all proceeds to the Pre-School!

For anyone interested, Post Office Ltd have been in court recently for their treatment of 550 postmasters (they lost). The next case in now being heard, (they are not doing well in that one either), and there are another 2 cases pending, after which we are all hoping that we will be treated far better! Just search online for Post Office trial!

Happy Easter! Love Karen and Maggie