Village News

Village Hall Refurbishment

November 23, 2018

A village meeting to discuss the refurbishment will take place in the hall at 2.00 pm on Sunday 28 April. By then we will have completed the detailed design and will have a detailed cost estimate.  Come along to discuss the proposals and plans for raising the remaining funds required.

Since the March bulletin, we have received some further donations and have identified 18 organisations to whom we will be making applications for grants over the next three months.  Three shows planned over the rest the year have pledged some or all of their profits to the project:

The Blewbury Players’ BBC4 Revue on 5/6 April

Gay O’Nolan’s Ben Waters Gig on 1 June

George Long’s Definitive Ratpack Christmas Show on 29/30 November

Our thanks to all who have already made contributions to the project or have pledged their support. Personal donations can still be made to the Hall Refurbishment Account (details on the village website

Steve White

Blewbury Garden Market re-opens for 2019

April 11, 2019

Every Saturday morning starting 4th May, from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

Our tenth season! Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) – note the slightly earlier opening times this year. The stall buys and sells bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, Blewbury honey and free-range eggs.

Helpers: Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the address or phone below.

Producers:Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see

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

Happy 70th Anniversary!

March 18, 2019

Last month (just after the March Bulletin went to press) Philip and Moyra Randall celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

They first met on a railway platform on their way to work: he worked in the Education Department of Surrey County Council and she was a Welfare Officer in the borough of Esher. They married on 26th February 1949.

They retired to Cornwall but the village they lived in had very few facilities and poor local transport, and as they had friends in Blewbury they decided to move here. They lived in the village for thirty-two years, latterly at Dibleys, until first Philip and then Moyra moved to Cleeve Lodge care home in Goring, where they held a small celebration to mark this milestone event. In the picture, Moyra holds a congratulatory card from the Queen

Marion Mills to retire

January 17, 2019

As parents already know, after 22 years as Headteacher of Blewbury School, Marion Mills has announced that she is retiring at the end of the current term.

Anyone who knows Marion will be aware of her exceptional commitment to the School and to the children. During her tenure she has focused on giving the children a broadly based education in addition to the conventional “three Rs”. This has involved contact with schools in many other countries including Finland, Spain, Uganda, Poland and Germany and every year a succession of teachers and pupils from abroad have visited Blewbury School and given our children a taste of languages and cultures from around the world. As a result, our School has received the International School Award from the British Council a stunning eight times in succession. This is, quite literally, a world record.

She has also been committed to helping the children to develop as people and to this end every year has enthusiastically organised residential weekend trips away to activity centres across the country for virtually all the children in Classes 4 to 6. Under her leadership our children have broadened their belief in themselves whilst enjoying abseiling, aerial walkways, body boarding, bushcraft, climbing, canoeing, night walks, nature walks, pond dipping and the occasional zipwire.

Behind the scenes she has worked tirelessly for the good of the education community as a whole. She has chaired the Didcot Partnership of schools for many years, a role which has grown in importance with near collapse in Local Authority support for schools due to funding cuts in recent years. Under her leadership, money has been raised to a fund the Didcot Early Nurturing Centre (the “Den”) which provides short-term, focused help for children who are struggling, for whatever reason, with a conventional school environment. The Partnership also does important work supporting schools with educational psychologists and facilitating training opportunities for school staff.

And of course, she has led the school for all these years in the fundamentals of a good education which, at primary level, means reading, writing and maths. A whole generation of children owe the beginning of their educational journey into adulthood to Marion’s leadership. It is sobering to think that some of the children who passed through her care in her early years will now be old enough to deliver their own children into the school.

In summary, now is the time for the children past and present, the staff, the governors and the wider community to say a heartfelt thank you to Marion for her many years of commitment. We wish her well in her hard-earned retirement. She will be a difficult act to follow but the governors are already underway with the process of identifying her successor. Andrew Hewson, Chair of Governors

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 (

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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/