Village News

Village Hall Refurb

June 24, 2019

It’s been a busy month. The Garfield Weston Foundation confirmed we can keep the £10,000 they pledged to the previous scheme, the Doris Field Trust gave us another £1000 and the Ben Waters gig raised £2000 – thanks to Gay Edwards for organising that. We’ve also had some personal donations, so we now have £286,000 in the bank or firmly pledged.

Since the end of April, we’ve submitted 12 applications for grant support. 10 of these, worth over £250,000, are still under consideration, and we’ve got a few more still to do. It will take several months before we know the outcome of all these. If we win them all, we will exceed our target. The chances are we won’t, so we have to keep on with our own efforts.

David and Sophie Harber have very generously donated one of their sculptures to the refurbishment fund. We are holding a silent auction to raise money for the refurbishment. You’ll find all the details in the flyer inside this Bulletin.

We are also planning a Community Art Project that everyone can get involved with, to create a stunning work of community art for display in the hall for future generations to enjoy. We hope to include in the next Bulletin details of how you can get involved and have a lasting part in the village hall refurbishment.

Personal donations can still be made via

Finally, we’ve edited the promotional film we made in 2016, making it shorter and incorporating the latest images. We’re using this in support of our funding applications. Check it out –

As usual thanks for all your support.  Steve White

Project Resound: Latest News

June 20, 2019

Thank you to all those who organised and supported the concert on 8thJune.  It was another successful and enjoyable occasion and we raised £1,270 taking our fundraising total almost to £60,000.

Those of you following us on Facebook will have seen some of the glass that has now been produced and selected for the roundels and other elements of the window design.  There is one more event this summer and a few other project ideas that we have to help take us take us to our funding target of £75,000.  We are also working towards an additional £5,000 contingency fund to cover additional buildings works and electrical fittings if needed.

If anyone is considering making a donation and wishes to have the opportunity to include a dedication for a loved one in the accompanying book, now is a good time.  We would like to have everything ready so that once Bishop Colin blesses the window in January 2020, we can move forward as quickly as possible to publication. The schedule is firming up for the installation of the window in the autumn and more will follow on this in the next bulletin.


Saturday 6thJuly 2019 – St Michael’s Church and grounds. All welcome

6pm – Walk and talk tour of the recently researched archived history of St Michaels.  There is recognisable art and fascinating stories surrounding Blewbury church from every century since it was rebuilt in the 1100s.  The new window will be a legacy from the 21stcentury for current and future generations to enjoy.

7pm – Summer BBQ, (Meat or Vegetarian).  Bar with Real Ale, Wine and Soft Drinks.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the tour or BBQ or both.  To help us plan, please buy your ticket in advance on sale from Blewbury Post Office:  £10 for adults, (£5 for children 5 and under) to include tour and food.  There will also be some availability if you wish to turn up on the day.


More ideas are now the planning stage including a display and sale of new artefacts arising from the upcycling of the old window glass.  Renowned artist David Harber and Nick Thomson have very kindly agreed to design and manufacture artefacts from the glass that will be removed from the existing Edwardian window.  There will be three groups of limited edition artefacts available from the 36 panels of the existing window.  24 rectangular limited edition artefacts can be reserve ordered from a selection as follows:

  1. Unpolished, antique brown bronze crush fold frame, enclosed in a circle of unpolished, antique brown bronze with two hanging points (as depicted above). £450.
  2. Unpolished, antique brown bronze crush fold frame only. £310.
  3. Unframed £250.

David Harber will provide an unpolished, antique brown bronze plaque for each type of panel which will be engraved with date and details, a Latin motto, the number of the panel out of 24 and David’s engraved signature.

The remaining 12 panels from the top of the window are unusual shapes and, if undamaged, we will sell them unframed for between £250 and £350.  Please email Gillian Loyd to reserve order:

If you would like to make a donation to Resound then a gift aid form can be downloaded from the Blewbury website /project-resound-launched/and/or you can donate on JustGiving

Thank you – Project Resound Team.

Prime Minister congratulates Elliot Vaughn

May 15, 2019

10 Downing Street has chosen Blewbury’s Elliot Vaughn to receive one of its prestigious ‘Points of Light’ awards.

The Points of Light scheme celebrates “outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community” and in Elliot’s case the award recognises his work as a founder of Give Out, a charity that makes grants to LGBT+ advocacy groups around the world to help them protect and promote LGBT+ human rights.

In a personal letter to Elliot, who is now a partner in the management consultancy BCG, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through ‘Give Out’ you are providing a unique platform for people to donate to LGBT organisations outside the UK, helping distribute crucial donations to activists who are promoting equality across the globe. You should be extremely proud of what you have achieved and I wish you the very best in your continued work.”

Blewbury Film – August 2019

June 3, 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:

Sustainable Blewbury

June 25, 2019

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

We’ve had lots of plants, a wide variety of home-made cakes, bread, jam, and now Blewbury honey and fresh garden produce. Do you have surplus produce from your garden or allotment? Bring it to sell from 9.00 am; you set prices, we only take 10% commission. Sales forms are at Need more information? Email  or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Apple juicing – August through October

Blewbury has a lot of apple trees! A few years ago we identified nearly 60 varieties in the village, and our community orchard has added another half dozen or so. Every year, from August through October, we use our shredder, press and pasteurisers to produce hundreds of bottles of delicious, pure apple juice. When pasteurised it keeps for up to a year. We’ll be announcing the dates of our public sessions soon, and if you have a lot of apples the kit can be hired for a small fee.

Gardenwatch survey – help map the UK’s gardens’ resources for nature

You have probably already heard that wildlife is struggling as our climate changes. If you watched Springwatch on BBC Two recently you will also know about Gardenwatch, a huge Citizen Science project aimed to help the UK’s wildlife survive. Gardenwatch is a collection of short surveys designed to discover what our gardens offer to wildlife. Find out what you can do by going to the BBC website: This page explains the four Gardenwatch ‘Missions’: short questionnaires about what your garden is like, about the birds and mammals you see and what they are doing, and about the worms and minibeasts in your soil (children will enjoy this one). 200,000 people have already taken part, and you have until the end of July to do your bit!


Double futon: base is excellent, but the mattress has been damaged where buttons have pulled through.·    6 large oak crates used to transport paving stones. Would be great for compost or storing logs. Approx 100cm x 100cm x 50cm Nina Hutchins
Wooden pallets, various sizes. Take as many as you want. Wendy Carless 07966 088953
White single panel radiator 100cm x 60cm high with wall brackets Louise Esplin 850539
Electric oil-filled radiator 2 ft high, 15” long. Flex will need replacing. Liz Mather 859271
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (


To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive our free monthly Newsletter, email
us at or phone 01235 850372.



Due to generous support from the Tony Loy Trust and South Oxfordshire Active Communities, the club will very soon have the use of four top quality Cornilleau table tennis tables.

We are also very grateful to the four Blewbury families whose tables we borrowed during our start-up period. Those tables will soon all be returned. Now that we don’t have to save to purchase tables the weekly fees will be reduced to £2 per adult and £1 for under 18s. Do come and give it a try. Every Tuesday evening anytime from 6-9pm in the Village Hall. All ages and standards welcome. Roger Murphy


The bells of St Michael’s have been ringing out over the village for hundreds of years, for both special events and weekly service ringing. One such special event was a successful quarter peal rung on June 6th to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day.

Although the bells are heard ringing out, very few of us have actually seen them. The picture shows bells 2-7 of our 8 bells. The bells are in the ‘up’ position, with the mouth of the bell (the sound bow) facing skyward. This is the position from which most English bells are struck by swinging the bell full circle, giving more control over the striking. In most other countries, bells are swing chimed from the downward position which makes it impossible to control exactly when each bell strikes and explains why the sound of bells in European cathedrals and churches is more random. It was the bells in the ‘up’ position that was the inspiration for the Resound window design. The design also depicts the sound waves from the bells radiating across the village map. During the installation of the new window this autumn there will be no bellringing for several weeks. This is because ringing the bells creates slight tower movement. Without the window and its supporting bars (ferramenta) there is a small risk of damage to the masonry, and we don’t want to take any chances. We are however very confident that you will be hearing the bells again well in time for the Christmas festivities!

Bridge Club

Congratulations to club members Diane Bell and Deborah Astley who came 2nd in the Friendly Pairs at the recent Oxfordshire Congress.

Friday evening Novices sessions will be taking a summer break during July and August – all being well resuming again in September. Dates will be notified by email to those who are on the circulation list – so if you are interested in taking part in these relaxed sessions with some expert advice on hand to help then please register with Tina –

Our regular Tuesday and Thursday club nights will continue through the summer.  Michael Allen  851870


Thank you for all the lovely kind messages about Monty dog. We miss him very much, but he had a great life!

We have lots of ‘special’ stamps in stock, Birds of Prey, Marvel Super Heroes, Queen Victoria, British Engineering & D Day Landings. ‘Curious Customs’ are on sale July 15th, (cheese rolling & the Padstow ‘Obby Orse’ etc).

We have several dates that we know we can’t manage to be open: Saturdays 13th & 27th July, Saturdays August 24th & 31st. Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th August will be open in the morning only. Monday 26th is a bank holiday, & allowances will be paid into accounts on Friday 23rd.

We have had clarification from head office that we must not accept post AFTER our LAST ACCEPTANCE TIME, this is 4.30 every afternoon or 10am on our half days, Wednesday & Saturday, (although Colin leaves our collection as late as he can, that’s 11.30am, but if it’s his day off, it reverts to 10am!) All customers MUST leave plenty of time to complete their transactions before closing time, we have to have completed our daily reports before closing time too, we do not get any overtime whatsoever, so the closed sign will be displayed at 10 minutes before closing!

Please also note that we close at 12 noon, not half past, we are only paid for 30 hours a week, and have to spread that over the week! (I say paid: anyone wanting to follow the Post Office trial on the substandard Horizon system, just google it. POL lost the first trial about the postmasters unfairly treated after their branches made significant unexplained losses due to said system; the case about our appalling contracts, training & pay was heard and adjourned until early next year. Hours of comedy gold on Twitter! Search for Nick Wallis!)

You may have found some painted rocks around the village, if you find one, either take a photo of it & post it onto the Facebook page ‘Blewbury Rocks’ & rehide, or just hide it again. This is an international game: paint a rock, hide it, find another, re hide, just a game of rock hide and seek, gets kids outside, being creative, and a bit of fun! Lots of our rocks have gone missing, so if you have one, please hide them again!

We have plenty of the ‘caddy bags’ in stock now, plus lots of yummy local honey, fresh local eggs, & ice cream to cool us down in the warm summer days (it has to arrive soon)!

We have tickets for the Summer BBQ at the church & the next Blewtube, plus the show schedules for the VPA summer show on July 13th. You can bring your entry forms back to us too!

Speaking of which, if the temperature hits about 28°, or over, we will be closed in the afternoon as the back office is like an oven & hits over 30°. You really shouldn’t be out in it either!

Love Karen and Maggie


Blewbury WI News

Are we still waiting for Summer? Hopefully July and August will bring us warm sunny days and lovely balmy evenings.

Blewbury Bulletin will not be issued in August; our Editor and all the volunteer workers will be having a well deserved summer break. The following list of events will be held by Blewbury WI during July and August, and any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.


  • Wednesday, 3rd Lyn’s Walk. We leave the Village Hall at 9.30am for a circular walk from The Extraordinary Hare on the A417 at West Hendred. Coffee and/or a  snack lunch at the finish.   No Lyn’s Walk in August.
  • Friday, 5th Craft Evening at Liz’s 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 8th Mah Jong at Cilla’s 2.30pm.
  • Monday, 8th Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 17th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am onwards.
  • Wednesday, 24th Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm in the Main Hall.  Speaker, Ian Paxton -“Chillies” There are no Talking Science Lectures at RAL Harwell until September.


  • Friday, 2nd Craft Evening at Liz’s  7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 13th Scrabble at Judy’s.  7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Thursday, 15th Coffee morning at Maggie’s. 10.30am.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 28th Blewbury WI Summer Social.  Details later.

Mah Jong will be played on most Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. at different venues. Please ring Cilla (851966) or Sharon (850412) for details.

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