Monthly Archives: September 2019

Community Speedwatch

September 19, 2019

Have you been in the village and witnessed drivers travelling at excessive speeds? Would you like to join a team of volunteers to ‘encourage’ these drivers to slow down?

Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where members of local communities, supported by the Police, monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.

We have several volunteers but we need more, so if you could spare a couple of hours every couple of months please consider signing up. We also need to raise at least £3000 to pay for the equipment.  This could be from donations or:

  • each household could pay an additional small premium on the council tax to pay for this, for one year only
  • Oxfordshire CC could fund the equipment in lieu of more expensive traffic calming infrastructure
  • we could share the cost and equipment with Upton and Harwell, who have expressed interest.

Any other thoughts as to how we raise the money or expressions of willingness to join us will be most welcome.

For more information and to register please visit the website, select ‘Join Existing Group’ from the left hand side of the webpage and look for Oxfordshire, then Didcot – Blewbury Speedwatch Group, or contact Jill Ingoldby on 07824 552562 /

Blewbury School Mega Yard Sale CANCELLED

September 25, 2019

11 October 2019, update from Sally Lewis:

We are really sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the yard sale on Sunday. The weather has not been kind to us. We do not feel the field will take it, it will not be much fun for the stall holders and unlikely attract many punters. We will rearrange for another date so please keep your treasures packed away for next time.

The Definitive Rat Pack: 29 & 30 November

International Singing Stars to Visit Blewbury in November

The Definitive Rat Pack will be bringing their show – The Definitive Rat Pack at Christmas – to Blewbury Village Hall, Oxfordshire, on November 29 and 30, 2019.

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are all international singing legends and they will soon be performing again in Blewbury! The Definitive Rat Pack of Mark Adams, George Daniel Long and Stephen Triffitt, are known as the finest interpreters of this trio and have performed to over one million people worldwide. They are the original cast members of The West End show: The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas. The Blewbury performance will include classic Christmas songs such as: White Christmas, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, and Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

The reason the trio has selected Blewbury Village Hall for a show that could equally well be performed in the West End or Broadway, is because George Long (Sammy Davies Jr.) grew up in Blewbury, attending both Blewbury Primary School and St Birinus Secondary School in Didcot. His talents as an actor and singer were obvious from an early age as he developed his artistic skills performing with the Blewbury Players, and in Blewbury and St Birinus school productions. He is now back living in the village after making his name as undoubtedly one of the world’s best interpreters of Sammy Davis Jr..

The Definitive Rat Pack will be supported on stage by one of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and world class musicians, at an event that is being sponsored by MP Resourcing and Little Kickers. Money raised from the event will be divided between the Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Appeal, the Blewbury-based Tony Loy Trust, with smaller amounts going to some other local charities.

The Saturday 30th November performance is already fully booked. A few tickets for the Friday 29th November performance (£35 aisle/£65 table with fizz, programme & canapes) can  be applied for by emailing

Sustainable Blewbury

Blewbury Climate Action: News of the Blewbury Climate Action initiative can be found  in the Bulletin.

Apple juicing – Alternate Sundays at Blewbury Manor

Our sessions to turn your apples into delicious, pure juice will continue on:

Sept. 29th and Oct. 13th from 2.00–4.00pm, and October 27th from 11.00am–1.00pm.

Bring washed apples with bad bits removed and glass screw-top wine bottles. Pasteurisation can preserve your juice for about a year. Please arrive early in the session if you wish to pasteurise as it takes some time.

Charges are £1 to press a bucket or large basket of apples and 30p per bottle to pasteurise.

Too many apples or can’t make it to our sessions? You can hire the equipment at low cost. Please contact or 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 at Blewbury Service Station

Our last session of this record-breaking year is on Saturday 28th September. We are very grateful to all our producers for bringing a wide selection of plants, locally produced food and flowers to sell, and to all our lovely and friendly ‘customers’. Special thanks to our volunteers, who get up early on a Saturday morning to set up and run the stall, and to David Kinniburgh who does all the financial chores.

Hedge laying

This year we will be continuing with our programme of hedge laying in Blewbury, both to strengthen and reinvigorate some hedges and to teach the craft skills to new participants. We will start in October when the nesting season is definitely over. At the moment we have one private and one public stretch of hedge in mind. We welcome volunteers – if you would like to take part then please email John Ogden at

  • Habitat beechwood finish 2 drawer filing cabinet.  Takes A4 hanging files (not foolscap). 72cm high, 82cm wide, 63cm deep
  • Bureau, traditional style repro. Base with 4 drawers and drop-down writing desk with pigeonholes etc, glazed top cabinet with 3 internal bookshelves. Base 101cm high, 92cm wide, 45cm deep. Cabinet 92cm wide, 23cm deep, 108cm high, making total height 209cm
  • Kettler ‘Nitro-Extreme’ child’s pedal go-cart
  • John Lewis open coil sprung mattress with pressure-relieving memory foam, 190cm L, 90cm W, 20cm D, (6’ x 3’ approx.) v good condition.
  • Nearly full box of puppy-training floor pads
Ellen Bramhill 850022/851965
Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn 07479 290296
Small three-seater red velvet sofa. 172cm wide, 94cm deep, 82cm high to top of back, 64cm high to top of arms. Email for pics. Lydia Inglis 07801 932393
  • 1 water butt stand Diameter 54cm Height 30cm
  • 1 plastic 5 litre sprayer
  • 2 ice cube trays 12 spaces in each (scarcely used)
Lyn Blackie 850795
A3 page printer (full colour)  complete with power cable, but you might need to get a data cable from PC World or similar. Robert Long 850427
  • 2.5 litre tin of Textured Exterior Masonry Paint, brilliant white.
  • 108 metal (brass colour) modern curtain rings, 5cm across, with little loops on the side for the hooks
Jo Lakeland 07773 242472
  • Child car seat: Nania, 0-18kg universal car seat. Used but undamaged.
  • Group 0 Infant car seat, unbranded. Very good condition.
  • Raclet Bermudes 6 man frame tent. Over 30 years old but in a very good condition. No groundsheet. Approx 14ft wide, 17ft long (including bedroom areas) 7ft+ high at the midpoint. Includes 1 double bedroom & 1 four-man room which divides into 2 sleeping areas. Poles are labelled for easy construction. Pictures available on request.
June Wolff 850520
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Local History Group

Blewbury in the 1950s/60s – can you help?

We’ve had a request from a person writing a biography of Irene Mawer (married name Perugini). She came to live here and share a house with Ruby Ginner, both friends of Marguerite Steen, living at Little Triton. Irene died in the J.R. in late 1962. She was a mime artist and dancer of some note but not much is known of her time here. (She would have been a useful person to have for the Players because she travelled the country in the 1930s doing various shows in music halls and theatres.)  If you remember her at all, either as friend or maybe employer then please let our contacts know so we can put you in contact with her biographer.

The question of why the walk commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II visited eight Blewbury houses when only seven men are named on the Church memorial was answered to those who attended. The event was completed on a scorching hot day and revealed more information from participants as well as a promise of some unknown photographs of people and places in the village from times past.

We didn’t have any feedback about our hopes of enticing a younger audience to our Group. Our hope is that the website we host carries enough information to generate a spark of interest and later in life the fire will burn brighter perhaps. If you would like to join us then our next meeting is on October 8th at 8pm in the History room to the rear of Robinsons, Church Road. We would love to see you there. Contact either Audrey, 07766 7834006, or Mark,

Blewbury Croquet Club

We have come to the end of another successful summer season and the lawns are currently closed for a few weeks for some much needed TLC, after which we will have one lawn open for winter play.

The club competitions have been completed and the winners were – the Association Croquet Prebendal Manor Trophy won by Peter Allan, the Golf Croquet Icknield Cup won by Brian Jamieson and the Founders Cup won by Joe King.

In the various leagues entered by the club we mostly did quite well coming second to Oxford University in the association croquet handicap league and scoring an equal number of points with Phyllis Court, the winners in the golf croquet handicap C league. However, we were not equal first because of the method of working out the results!

The club AGM will be on Tuesday 15th October in the Melland Room.

For more details and information please contact David Long, secretary, 07484 360169,

Bridge Club

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Vale Room at 7pm on Tuesday 8th October ahead of a shortened session of bridge. Do please make every effort to attend. A notice is posted on the Vale Room noticeboard with spaces to suggest items for consideration in Any Other business, and also nominations for Officers of the Club or new Committee Members.

The Friday evening novices sessions have re-started and are proving popular – and the first session of the autumn saw 6 and a half tables, including one comprising learners who have completed their initial course and were engaged in a ‘taster’ session – they are now expecting to start playing in the main novices sessions.

Cupholders are reminded to return their cups to the Treasurer no later than the end of October, please. This month is also the end of the playing year, and a new calendar will be in operation from 1st November, including a new Directors’ rota. Anyone interested in Directing a session occasionally should contact the Chairman please.

Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury Table Tennis Club

Our weekly Club Sessions are every Tuesday from 6-8pm in the Blewbury Village Hall. These are open to players of all standards, and we welcome visitors. We have four tables, bats & balls and can provide coaching if required.

We would love to welcome some additional players this winter. Our aim is to have fun and be as inclusive as possible for anyone who would like to give it a try.

Any first visit to the Club is free. After that our weekly playing fees are £3 for Adults and £1 for those 18 and under.

From Tuesday 5th November we will be launching a Blewbury School After-School KS2 Table Tennis Club. This will meet each week during term time from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Blewbury School pupils can sign up now at the School Office.

Post Office News

Again, thanks to everyone for being patient whilst I am recovering, it’s very tiring! We may not be opening for Saturdays in October, so check first?

New stamp releases for October are British War Ships, and some delightful Gruffalo ones! I have seen the new Christmas stamps, apparently they are a ‘stylised interpretation of the Nativity’, take that how you will! They are on sale from early November!

Depending on what happens on the 31st October, you may or may not need to put customs labels on all parcels going outside of the UK, and a different customs label for those with the contents valued at more than £240.

I am organising a Christmas Post that will cover Blewbury and Upton. There will be several collection boxes in each (locations to be confirmed next month), so simply drop your cards into the box, and a willing team of volunteers will deliver them in the week before Christmas. The money raised in Blewbury will help towards the Christmas tree on top of the church tower, whilst in Upton the money will go to St Mary’s church for one of their projects.

The usual scams are still doing the rounds: phone calls telling you that you owe money to the police or inland revenue, or that you have a bug in your computer, or by letter saying you’ve won money in some overseas lottery. A new one is a person knocking on your door, allegedly from the inland revenue, saying you owe them money; this is most definitely a scam, so close the door and ring 999 immediately as they may have an accomplice who will be attempting to get in through another door, so keep your back door locked too! As the nights draw in, please keep garages & sheds locked, (check for cats who may have sneaked in) & stay safe.

Royal Mail staff are being balloted on whether they take strike action, so be aware that there may be disruption, and get your Christmas Post off early. October sees the last of the surface mail posting dates, and we have the leaflets with all the information already!

Please note again that we close for lunch at 12 noon! Love from Karen & Maggie

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

So far Project Resound is ‘on target’, this means that Blewbury bells cannot be rung until the new window is in place and all the mortar set it.

The clock has also been temporarily stopped while some maintenance work is carried out, all should be back to normal by the beginning of December. This temporary cessation of ringing has given us the opportunity of supporting service ringing at other towers in the Benefice. We have also been very fortunate that Steventon have offered to host our Friday night practices, ringing from 7.45pm-9.15pm, this is a real bonus.

Socially it’s been a good time with the Village BBQ in the Church grounds being very successful. There has also been a weekend away ringing in Kent organised by Helen’s cousin. Blewbury bells may be silent but there is still plenty of ringing available locally so fingers crossed we don’t become rusty!