Monthly Archives: June 2019

Village Hall Refurb

June 24, 2019

More good news. The Lottery have awarded us £90,000. They told us our set of documents was the best they had seen!

The Pye Charitable Settlement has also given us £1000 and the excellent Oktoberfest raised over £1800. With a continuing trickle of very welcome personal donations, this takes the amount raised to £472,000, passing our target of £455,000. Hooray!

This is a brilliant achievement but It is clear from the bids we have now received that we may still need to find some more money. With some grant applications still outstanding, we are confident that we can raise this and can press ahead with the project as specified and on the planned timetable, starting as early in the new year as our builder can get going. We may even be able to add back some elements we excluded from the specification to keep within budget and to include furniture, fixtures and fittings we were expecting to have to fund from general reserves.

Until we have selected a builder and agreed a firm price, we are not then slackening our fundraising efforts. There are still some tickets left for the Christmas Rat Pack on the 29th and 30th of November.

Personal donations can still be made at or cheques, made payable to the Blewbury Hall Refurbishment Account can be sent to our Treasurer, Meirion James, at 3 Berry Lane. A huge thank you to everybody who has contributed to getting us to this position.  

Steve White

Project Resound: Latest News

June 20, 2019

Our current fundraising total stands at £70,553 which thanks to all supporters is a great achievement. However, we still have some way to go to reach our target of £75,000 plus the £5,000 set aside for electrical and architectural contingencies.

The glass for the new window is now being leaded and installation is still on schedule for the first week of November. We have some further events to help us reach our target so we hope the village will be out in support.


The repeat walk and talk tour highlighting stories from every century since the church was rebuilt in the 1100s, will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday October 27th in St Michael’s church followed by tea and cakes.  Free entry.

DAVID HARBER ARTEFACTS Several have now been pre-ordered and the first one is being made. This is a unique opportunity to obtain a rare piece of Blewbury history and art made from upcycled Edwardian glass.  Please contact Gill Loyd on or call her on 01235 850459 to order.

ELPHIN LLOYD-JONES REPRODUCTIONS  Greetings cards and jigsaws of a “A pain in the glass”, produced by Elphin for the promises auction, can now be purchased from Blewbury Post Office or ordered in time for Christmas. Cards with envelopes £1.50 or four for £5.

GEORGE, DON’T DO THAT!! Saturday 25th January 2020, St Michael’s Church, 7:45pm. The Music and magic of Joyce Grenfell staring our own Catherine Flye.

If you would like to make a donation to Resound, please download a gift aid form from the Blewbury website at or you can donate on JustGiving at  Thank you for all your support.

Project Resound Team

Project Resound – June update

June 3, 2019

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


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


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