Monthly Archives: June 2019


June 3, 2019


Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting on 28 April. Everyone said they supported the plans and there is a strong desire to see the job done in one phase, if necessary by the Parish Council raising an additional loan to fill any funding gap remaining at the end of the year.

We are now completely focused on raising the money we need.  To do everything we want to do will cost £455,000. We already have £269,000 in the bank or firmly pledged and we have a reasonable chance of re-securing £80,000 awarded to the previous scheme. It’s a challenge but we’re well on the way and since the meeting we’ve submitted two bids worth £20,000.  Three others worth £100,000 are close to submission.

In this month’s printed Bulletin you will find a pamphlet describing our proposals which includes donation forms. If you would like to join the 60 or so people who have already made personal donations to the project please complete a form or make a donation via Virgin Money Giving – and search for Blewbury Village Hall.

We now need to keep up the momentum and from now on we will be regularly reporting progress against the target. As usual thanks for all your support. Steve White


Sustainable Blewbury

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 am at Blewbury Garage

We’ve started with a bang and will continue until the end of September. We sell bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (later in the season) Blewbury honey. Producers: Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For sales forms see

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

Green drinks – Monday 3rd June, from 7.30pm at The Blueberry

Green drinks are a friendly chat over a drink, to ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics. At this session we hope to discuss what Sustainable Blewbury can do in the coming year about climate change and biodiversity loss. Everyone is welcome: we’d really like to hear what you think, it’s completely informal, there’s no agenda, just come and chat.

Community Orchard

The Mike Edmunds Community Orchard on Tickers Folly Field has come through the winter pretty well and we’ve had a fair amount of blossom, although there are also signs that the trees suffered during last summer’s drought despite the best efforts of the Orchard Group to do some watering during the driest period. This season we will try to reduce the problem by mulching around the trees to maintain moisture and reduce evaporation. To this end we will organise a working party in a few weeks’ time to clear weeds and turf around the trees and to apply mulch – if you haven’t already joined the Community Orchard Group and would like to get involved then please email us at



Two internal wooden doors complete with brass handles and lock: width 83.4cm, height 195.2cm, 3.5cm thick

Véronique Lavo 

006 8789 9835

1 pair green garden shoes/galoshes size 10 never worn

1 Canon Pixma ink cartridge BLACK No 512

Pyrex liquidiser goblet for early Kenwood Chef

Lyn Blackie

Wooden pallets, various sizes. Take as many as you want.

Wendy Carless

07966 088953

Hewlett Packard Photosmart ink cartridge 364 Black (new)

HP Photosmart replacement cartridge 364 Magenta (unused)

Josephine Condliffe

850761 or

07785 750513

Tropical or freshwater fish tank with accompanying stand and accessories for tropical fish.

76cm wide x 37cm height x 30cm deep. Stand is 67 cm high.

Colin Field 851117
Mothercare baby bouncer/rocker, rarely used, immaculate. Suitable for birth to 9kg. Pale blue and cream tartan

Jo Lakeland

To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Film – August 2019

Our late summer screening for Wednesday 7th August 2019 will be the multiple award winning period drama spoof, The Favourite. This is a rather unconventional costume drama to say the least!

The story is set in 18th Century England and centres on Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) as the enfeebled and eccentric monarch who prefers spending time with her rabbits than ruling her country. Her trusted advisor Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) would appear to do the ruling for her but, when this privileged position comes under threat from her status and wealth seeking cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), a battle royale commences!

The Favourite is directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. He has produced a period drama like no other – not staid but contemporary, funny and with a sense of ironic, hilarious absurdity. It features daring and almost perfect performances from its three female stars and its list of accolades includes Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe for best actress (Oliva Colman), BAFTA for best supporting actress (Rachel Weisz), BAFTA Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell) and BAFTA for Best British Independent Film (Yorgos Lanthimos) amongst many others.

“A delightful film: funny, absurd, anarchic and profound.”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗”  The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗”  Woodwind and Brass Monthly “∗∗∗∗∗”

The Favourite (15)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.


Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 7th August 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 25th May.

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:

Project Resound – June update

A huge thank you to all those who supported, donated promises and made the event on 11th May a successful and enjoyable occasion.

The wine tasting and auction raised £11,800 and our fundraising total has now reached £56,664 (75%). Our artists continue to select, cut and treat antique glass ready for the new window, and we continue to work on other activities including:


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

Charlotte Brennand (pianist), and professional colleagues, Louise Innes (mezzo soprano) and Benedict Nelson (baritone) will be performing a fabulous show of songs from musicals and well-known pieces from opera.

Charlotte Brennand lives in Blewbury and is an accomplished pianist who started her career at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Later at the National Opera Studio she coached singers and studied with distinguished conductors. She has performed all over Europe and was the pianist for Radio 4’s play Little Nell.

Louise Innes made her Covent Garden debut in 2010 in the role of Mercedes in Carmen. She has toured internationally, performing at La Scala, Milan, the Paris Opera and in Seville with the National Orchestra.

British baritone Benedict Nelson made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. He was an inaugural Harewood Artist with the ENO and has performed across Europe both in opera and with many symphony and philharmonic orchestras.

Tickets on sale at Blewbury Post Office. £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

Tickets will go on sale at Blewbury Post Office on 1st June – £10 including food, £5 for children under 5 years. Paid bar for beer, wine and soft drinks.

More events are now the planning stage – including a display and sale of new artefacts arising from the upcycling of the old window glass. More information to follow in the next Bulletin.

If you would like to make a donation, a gift aid form can be downloaded at and/or you can donate on JustGiving

Thank you. Project Resound Team

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

Usually the bells are silent during Holy Week but this year was different as we joined the nation in tolling the tenor bell at 7pm on Maundy Thursday in solidarity with Notre Dame following the tragic fire.

Our Friday practices and Service ringing continue as usual, plus it’s the start of the wedding season so there will be several Saturdays when the bells will ring out in celebration.

Thank you everyone for supporting the annual Duck Race on Easter Sunday. The ducks didn’t disappoint, neither did the weather. The winning ducks belonged to Trish Watcyn Jones, Anne Hales and Pat Mattimore. The rabbit’s name was Boris guessed by George Hales (Anne Hales grandson) a double winner for the Hales family!

We also enjoy the social element attached to ringing and recently this has included a mini outing finishing with ringing at Dorchester Abbey. We have also continued to support Project Resound, Rob Nickless (our Branch Chairman) gave a talk on The Fascinating World of the Honeybee in April and more recently there was a Promises Auction, both events very successful. Talking of honey bees there are still a few jars of Rob’s limited edition Project Resound Borage Honey available at the Post Office.

As always you are very welcome to join our Friday evening practices and see why we enjoy ringing.



The brand new Blewbury Table Tennis Club has now been running for around five months. In that time we have had 21 really enjoyable Tuesday evening sessions. Over 50 people have come along to play – some only once or twice and others nearly every week.

We have been delighted to welcome players of widely differing ages – at least 8 – 85, and have had one expert tuition session from an ex-top 100 British Table Tennis player. We have a very relaxed approach to playing this beautiful game and people make up their own games (usually doubles) and some families come along and play together on one of our four borrowed tables.

We are extremely grateful to the four Blewbury families who have kindly loaned us their table tennis tables, and as the weather starts to improve we plan to return them to the gardens/homes where they normally reside. We have now raised enough money to buy two brand new tables of our own, and are on the lookout for support to buy two more tables as soon as we can. Can anyone suggest potential donors for this worthy cause?

We currently meet from 6-9pm every Tuesday in the Village Hall and at this stage we don’t have any membership scheme, so anyone is welcome to come along and join us whenever they like. We make a small charge for each session attended to help cover our equipment and hall rental costs. This is currently £5 for adults and £3 for Under 18s (with a maximum per family of £10), and we are hoping to reduce these charges soon once we have covered our start-up costs. Why not come along and give it a try? We welcome players of all standards and can offer tuition for beginners. Roger Murphy

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Assocation

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

I’ve only got reminders for you this month. Don’t forget our day trip on:


The Vyne is a 16th century estate and country house. It is a National Trust property.

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).

Slight delay on THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE – it should be available by the end of May, either in the Blewbury post office or online by emailing Eileen on or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. You don’t have to be an expert and it’s great fun taking part. Don’t forget the Childrens’ Section – hopefully we will have a few more junior exhibitors taking part this year.

DID YOU KNOW ? The sunflower is a native plant of the Americas, where the Indians used its seed as an important source of food. The Incas of Peru were sun worshippers and used it in religious ceremonies. The sunflower leans towards the sun in a process known as heliotropism.” Happy Gardening Eileen

Bridge Club

It is pleasing to note that our attendance has, so far this year, kept up reasonably well. In particular our Friday night Novices sessions are now seeing a regular 4+ tables, which is excellent. Hopefully this will be boosted further in the autumn when our learners’ group are ready to join.

However, all our members should not be complacent and, I would hope, will take any opportunity to encourage new players, or potential players, to come along and try the ‘Blewbury Experience’! That is whether it is one of our regular Tuesday and Thursday sessions, our Friday night Novices, or as a complete beginner to learn the game. We hope to start a new series of lessons for complete beginners in January, subject to sufficient demand.

The Friday night Novices will continue through June. There may be a couple of months’ holiday thereafter but, again, this will depend on demand. Otherwise the sessions will re-start in September. Keep in touch with Tina Hollick on if you are interested.  Michael Allen  851870


All of us are history in the making, which is what I was thinking at our recent meeting.

First, we now have evidence that the Romans may have been here as early as 70 AD, quite a bit earlier than thought until now.

Second, a gift of six pounds per annum left in 1660 for the poor of Blewbury is still part of the United Charities income.

Now, for fun, a question for today:
Who is the oldest person living in the village and born here? If you know, then please tell the History Group.

As you can tell, our meetings range over all sorts of topics and you are always welcome.

Next meeting is Tuesday, June 11th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or


Hello to everyone. Halfway through the year already! Hopefully we now have some lovely, warm sunny days to look forward to.

Blewbury WI are holding the following events during June, and we would love to welcome any new Members to join us.

  • Tuesday 4th June. Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Circular walk from Brightwell. Coffee/lunch pennies needed.
  • Wednesday 5th June. Scrabble at Susan’s 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday 7th June. Craft evening at Liz’s 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday 11th June. Coffee morning at Cilla’s. 10.30am.
  • Friday 14th June. Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. ‘Swarm engineering across scales: from flocking robots to nanomedicine.” Dr. Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol. 1.30pm.
  • Wed 26th June. Main Meeting in the Main Hall. 7.30pm. Helen Plumb: “Glorious Coloured Gemstones.”
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. Phone Sharon (850412) Monday, 20th June at Graeme’s 2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla (851966) or visit our web page, where you will find more information. Love from Cilla.