Monthly Archives: April 2019

Blewbury WI News

April 27, 2019

Hello to everyone. Spring can’t make its mind up? But everything is looking very green and the birds are very busy, so there are promises for the near future. Why not join us at the events listed below? All new Members will be made most welcome.

  • Wednesday, 1st  Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. We drive to Upton and then walk from there to Wyevale for coffee. Return to Upton by a slightly different route.
  • Friday, 3rd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 8th Scrabble at Judy’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 17th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “Lights, crystals, action!”  Dr Claire Murray.
  • Wednesday, 22nd Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm. Vale Room. Speaker, Ian Scott Hunter. “Memoirs of a Royal Footman”

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Joan on 851914 or visit our web page, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla

Project Resound – April Update

April 4, 2019

We have now raised over 50% of our target and our fundraising total stands at £40,678.  Thank you to everyone who has donated. Our upcoming events are:

* The Fascinating World Of The Honeybee By Rob Nickless – Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 7:30pm at The Manor Barn, The Manor, Berry Lane, Blewbury.

Only a few tickets left on sale at Blewbury Post Office.  £6 including a glass of wine or soft drink.

* Promises Auction with Introductory Wine Tasting – Saturday 11th May 2019:  7pm at Blewbury Village Hall

A fun evening for all, including a chance to bid for unique experiences, days out, fitness, arts & crafts and items for the home and garden. A perfect chance to secure those eluding birthday/anniversary gifts for partners and parents and ideas for entertaining children in the school holidays.

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!  More information, including a listing of the lots, can be found in the insert to this edition of the Bulletin. Bidding will take place on the night and the auctioneer’s decision will be final. However, pre-bids may be submitted up to 6th May by those unable to attend on the night. Pre-bidders should send an email to stating their name, address, lot number, lot description and the amount of the bid.

Tickets for the auction will be available for tables of 10 (and sold individually) from 10am on Saturday 6th April at Blewbury Post Office. £10 per ticket including wine tasting, canapes, cheese and biscuits.

* From Bizet to Broadway – Saturday 8th June 2019 7:45 pm at 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. For details see page 17.

* Summer BBQ – 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

We still have 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 and/or you can donate on JustGiving Thank you. Project Resound Team.

Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable jet fuel from rubbish – how does that work?

A talk by Dr. Neville Hargreaves, Mon. 1st April, 8.00 pm in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Reducing the rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. It will convert huge amounts of household waste into jet fuel, thus avoiding putting it into landfill or incinerating it, and reducing emissions. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment, and the practical challenges of bringing a really big industrial project to fruition.
Tickets £4 from the Post Office or on the door (if not sold out); drinks available from the bar.

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting

24th April, 7.30 pm, 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 – everyone will be very welcome!

Hedge laying

We have finished our hedge laying activities for the year, to avoid disturbing nesting birds. We’ve completed 190 metres along the footpath towards Upton. The last 10 metres, near the village, were bare so we planted hawthorn to complete the field boundary. As always, though pleased with the results we do wait nervously to see how well the hedge recovers. All our previous efforts have resulted in strong regrowth and a much healthier hedge, so fingers crossed with this one. Many thanks to the volunteers who came along to take part in reviving a country craft. We would welcome any suggestions of hedges that could benefit from being laid next season.

Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner  in excellent working order, but battered exterior.  Now too heavy for my arthritic hands!

Graco travel cot, hardly used
Ann 850760
23” LG TV
Bob Downey 850524
Two Hewlett-Packard HP 343 tri-colour printer ink cartridges, unopened and unused.
Peter Boon 850410
Two unopened printer cartridges, HP 301 in black-and-white and colour.  Bought in error.
Vanessa Fox 850701
·   1800 Litre Plastic bunded oil tank in superb condition. Empty.

Aluminium grey tubular modern bunkbed. Base bed is a sofa that converts into a double and the top bed is a single. Dismantled ready for collection. Large.

WANTED: For an 11 year old boy to take his cycling proficiency at school. A 24” wheel junior bike (not BMX) (equivalent to a 14” adult frame bike). Looking for no cost bike so something that requires repair or restoration would be perfect.
Mark Palethorpe 07813 251174
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

Go to to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
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us at or phone 01235 850372.

Blewbury Film

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.

An irreverent tilt on Soviet-era political satire, this 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:


Easter is late this year and the ducks have been getting very excited ready to take to the water in the stream on The Play Close at noon on Easter Sunday.

Duck Race Tickets £1.25p each are available from Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786635062, fingers crossed for good weather and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

We always enjoy welcoming visitors to the tower especially on Friday evenings, our practice night.

Blewbury Croquet Club Introduction to Croquet afternoon


On Saturday 13th April we shall be holding the first of our Introduction to Croquet sessions at our courts on Tickers Folly Field from 2pm to 4:30pm. This introduction to the game will be on half size courts, easier for beginners and there will be no charge.  This is open to anyone who would like to come along and try this wonderful game. To book your place and time please contact David Long on 01235 851574.

Another event to look out for is National Croquet Day, which this year is on Sunday 12th May. Croquet will be promoted throughout the UK and we shall be having activities on our club courts, everyone is invited.  Look out around the village for posters advertising the event. JW

Blewbury Local History Group

Help! We have recently acquired another copy of the lovely map that is in the Surgery waiting room. It was drawn by John Hone and dated 1943.

The local knowledge in the map seems to show that John Hone knew the village well, or knew someone in the village well, but we can find no record of him. Do you know him? Was he a wartime lodger here, or stationed in the forces nearby? It would be good to know something about him, so if you can help please let us know.

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

Contacts: Mark or Audrey 850427/

Post Office News

Royal mail will put their prices up on Monday 25th March: standard 1st will be 70p, 2nd class 61p.

They have broken their price cap set by OFCOM, and they will be fined, which will go to “action for children”. Other prices jump too: Europe rate will be £1.35 & £1.55 for the rest of the world (under 20g).

The confusion over Brexit means that passports need to be at least 6 months before expiry, for travellers abroad, and if you are intending to drive abroad, you will need an international driving licence. The nearest location to get one of these is Didcot post office.

We will be closing for the Easter holiday, (Good Friday, Easter Saturday & Easter Monday). Pensions and allowances will be paid on the previous working day, while anyone needing emergency gas, electricity or parcel collection can ring my mobile 07825 154842.

Marvel comic superhero stamps are on sale now, and the new Birds of Prey stamps are on sale 4th April.

Duck race tickets will be available soon, still tickets available for the Honey Bee talk, Jet Fuel from Rubbish talk, BBC4 tickets, Wallingford bus tickets, Blewtube tickets, with more events being planned!

Cadbury creme eggs in stock now! We have honey, eggs and preserves on a regular basis, and cakes to raise money for one of my girly guides off on an international trip to Switzerland!

Happy Easter Love Karen and Maggie

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, what about that March wind!! On my allotment, one shed was blown over and two people lost (not literally)  their walk-in poly tunnels – they were crumpled up with the force of the wind. Two polycarbonate panels of my greenhouse blew out, but fortunately didn’t break, so I got them back in with loads of clips.  I was surprised how well my over-winter broad beans survived – I now have flowers on them!  At home I’m still waiting to see if my red acer has survived from the heat of last summer – the leaves were burnt and fell off.  I can’t see any buds at the moment. It seems as though everything else has survived and my Daphne and Viburnum have bloomed and smell beautiful. Anyway enough of my personal ramblings.

We have an updated programme availabe in Blewbury Post Office and with Maggie Maytham in Upton. It gives you the details of our event in August and also gives the correct date for the June outing – apologies for the previous error. Don’t forget to look on the back of the programme for the tools we have available to hire for a donation. You might find them useful when you really get going in your garden or allotment. Our Mantas rotavator is up and running and is lightweight enough to make it so easy to use.

Karen is our Show Secretary now and is in the process of preparing the Schedule for the Summer Show – hopefully it will be in the Post Office soon and Maggie in Upton will also have copies.  So we can get our exhibits ready – there is a great variety of categories which cover gardening, cookery, handicraft, photography, so there must be something you can enter.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Raspberries can be grown anywhere from the Arctic to the Equator.   Strawberries were considered an aphrodisiac in the Middle Ages and a soup of strawberries, borage and cream was traditionally served to newly-weds for breakfast.”   Happy Gardening Eileen


Please note that due to another event in the Village Hall the Vale Room is unavailable on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th April, and so we will be playing in the Melland Room on those two evenings.

Teaching sessions are to be started shortly. Anyone who is interested in learning and has not already indicated interest should contact the Chairman as below.

A new strategy for the refurbishment of the Village Hall is progressing well now. There will be a public meeting about the planned works in the Hall on Sunday 28th April, for anyone who would like to come along and find out more about it.

Friday evening Novices sessions are planned to continue for a couple of months or so yet, before a break for the summer. So, if you would like to play please contact Tina Hollick who will keep you informed of playing dates.

Michael Allen  851870