Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

December 28, 2019
  • Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, another year is almost at an end and the VPA concluded its 2019 programme on Saturday with its social at Upton Village Hall. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, with good food and plenty of fun and games. Not only did we have residents from Blewbury and Upton but we were supported with residents from Chilton, Harwell and Didcot. The teams were pretty competitive when it came to the quizzes and games with Upton being the winners, well done Upton. We are now looking forward to 2020 and making plans for the annual Summer Show being held on Saturday 4th July. It is hoped that the refurbishment of the Village Hall will have been completed and we will be exhibiting in a newly refreshed building. If not, then it will take place in Blewbury School, so whatever happens it will still take place. If anyone would like an electronic copy of the Schedule, it is available now, contact the VPA via the following email address:

Paper copies will be available early in the new year at Blewbury Post Office or by contacting Margaret Maytham in Upton. We want everyone to have plenty of time to study the Schedule and decide what they would like to exhibit.

If you read last months bulletin you may recall I mentioned my allotment in Didcot, together with my hens, and said I would keep you posted via my aimless ramblings. There’s not a lot to say about the allotment other than its very wet and I have a few leeks and brussels sprouts which I dig up as and when I need them. I have onions and potatoes stored at home. The onions are very tasty but not particularly large. My potatoes did really well despite the hot dry summer and I have some which are amazingly large and are delicious as jacket potatoes – nice and fluffy. I pickled some of my beetroot, red cabbage and shallots which I have been enjoying over the past few weeks. I managed to get most of the plot cleared before the heavy rains came and have some purple sprouting broccoli growing well for the spring. We have so many pigeons lurking around who enjoy them for breakfast that I have had to make sure I keep them netted. I also said I would tell you about my hens, unfortunately I’ve run out of space this month, so I’ll tell you how I got involved with my hens next month.

On behalf of the VPA Committee may I take this opportunity to wish all the residents of Blewbury and Upton a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

DID YOU KNOW? Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819 – 75) wrote: “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” and

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 – 2001) wrote: “Perhaps I am a bear or some hibernating animal underneath for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.” Happy Gardening Eileen